Shame the Devil (2013) | This horror crime thriller just doesn’t cut it as Britain’s answer to Saw
YOU LIE! YOU DIE!
Death stalks New Scotland Yard detective James (Simon Phillips) when he goes rogue to catch a serial killer whose ‘truth or die’ methods take him from London to New York to solve the case. Horror thriller Shame the Devil from director Paul Tanter (White Collar Hooligan) aspires to be a British answer to the Saw films, but its neither clever or gory enough to be regarded as such, coming off more like an episode of a typical police procedural drama like CSI.
Having an unseen serial killer play judge, jury and executioner by giving each victim the chance to ‘tell the truth’ and ‘shame the devil’ to avoid a gruesome death (which they don’t of course) has great potential, but Tanter fails to deliver. His death scenes (shotgun to the face, pacemaker going into overdrive, an electrified collar) aren’t that inventive and lack credibility. In fact, the whole scenario is poorly written, especially the subplot involving the detective’s expectant wife Kellie (Lucy Clements) that seems to fizzle out once James reconnects with his old flame Sarah (Juliette Bennett) in New York.
The big reveal isn’t much of a surprise either, as it’s hinted at in flashbacks and the final scene is a real head-spinning downer. In trying to fuse the crime and horror genres, Tanter is out of his element here. I just wonder how he’ll fare when tries his hand at sci-fi in The Last Scout, due out next year. Watch out for Hellraiser‘s Doug Bradley in a cameo.
Shame the Devil screens on Sky Premiere (Sky 301/314, Virgin 401/431) from Friday 21 November (11.45pm) and is also available on iTunes
Posted on November 21, 2014, in British Film, Horror, Maybe Miss, Maybe-Miss and tagged British Horror, Horror, LoveFilm, Maybe miss, Paul Tanter, Shame the Devil, Simon Phillips, Sky Premiere. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.