A whirlwind romp through a whole host of horror subgenres, Demonic is an entertaining, if flawed, fright flick that will keep most fans happy.

Taking in haunted house movie, demonic possession, police procedural and –yep – found footage, the film is a fast-paced, action-heavy outing that hangs on the right side of ‘good’ thanks to a bunch of above-average performances.

Dustin Milligan takes the lead here as John, seemingly one of only two survivors after an evening of carnage at a dilapidated house out in the middle of nowhere.

As John is grilled by the police (Frank Grillo) and a psychologist (Maria Bello) on site, the film dips in and out of flashbacks to what happened hours earlier.

Turns out John had gone to the house with a bunch of his ghosthunter pals, looking to get to the bottom of visions of his dead mother at said house that have been plaguing his dreams.

Cannily, these ghosthunters are naturally filming everything for a proposed documentary, offering director Will Canon the opportunity to have chunks of running time following these young whippersnappers as they prowl around dark corridors, flashlight in hand and reacting to every noise that emanates off camera.

This is a horror flick after all, so we know things are not going to end well for anyone, but the film still manages to throw up its fair share of surprises.

And with Milligan’s effective central performance – we are never sure whether to believe John or not – allied to the rest of the cast, the film works as a neat guessing game.

Another pleasant surprise is that the cast are not overflowing with characters you are desperate to see killed – sure, Scott Mechlowicz’s Bryan is a total dick, but he’s meant to be.

If the film does have a problem it is that it ends far too quickly – after a well-judged, well-paced first hour or so things get crazy in the final minutes, with the revelations coming far too thick and fast for the film’s good.

In fact, as the credits roll chances are you’ll be whizzing back through the closing moments in your mind to see if the whole thing makes sense.

It sort-of does, and Demonic proves a slick, polished slice of horror that will even have you happy to sit through the found footage chunks.

Frightfest London review: Demonic
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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.