Satanic Panic review by Bobby Blakey
I love a good horror film and the more bizarre the better most of the time. The latest, Satanic Panic starring Hayley Griffith, Ruby Modine, Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn looks to be one of those kinds of films, but does it offer up something to help it stand out or will it fail to conjure up the bloody fun?
Satanic Panic follows Sam’s first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact. I didn’t know much about this film other than the cast and that a trailer had dropped for it, but I had never watched it. I am glad as this is the kind of film that is even more fun going in with no expectations of what’s to come.
It plays up as a dark horror comedy and as things move forward in the story it steadily gets crazier in the best way possible. The film starts like a generic comedy as she is trying to find her way, but once she steps foot in the mansion it is off to the races. There are so many fun twists and turns coupled with blood and gore that I couldn’t help but have a great time. Sadly O’Connell isn’t in the film all that long, but his time there is pretty great. The direction of his characters is so sleazy, but also makes total sense in with their circumstances. Romijn gets far more to do and chews up the scenery around her from beginning to end.
This is one of those fun finds that horror fans will no doubt have a great time with as it spews entrails and blood everywhere you can imagine. If you are fan of the genre then give this one a try as it is pretty damn fun. In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including featurettes taking you behind bringing this wacked out film to life.
Grab your copy of Satanic Panic when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 22nd from RLJE Films.