Late Night with the Devil

Director: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes
Writer: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes
Main Cast: David Dastmalchian, Laura Gordon, Ian Bliss
Genre: Horror Comedy
Country: US
Runtime: 1h 33m

‘Late Night with the Devil’ presents a fresh perspective on horror, blending mystery and documentary-style storytelling. The film begins with a captivating opening narration that sets the eerie tone and draws viewers into the story immediately. The narration provides a quick summary of Jack Delroy’s character without overdoing it, leaving us intrigued by his persona. As the narrative unfolds, we’re transported to the 1970s talk show world, with engaging performances and behind-the-scenes insights.

The story revolves around the late-night show host who, after years of successful run, witnesses a steep downfall in the show’s ratings. His desperate attempts to revive his failing career involve featuring his dying wife and doing a Halloween special with guests from a cult house. The film slowly grows on you with its timely build-up and mounting anticipation; however, the conclusion ultimately fails to pay off due to its sudden transition to a story about greed.

David Dastmalchian delivers a compelling portrayal as the late-night host, and Ingrid Torelli gives a standout performance as a mysterious child rescued from a cult house appearing as a guest on his show.

Production design is often the least mentioned but one of the most important elements that, along with the other mise-en-scène, helps create a fictional world for its viewers. In ‘Late Night with the Devil,’ it is the production design that deserves applause for its flawless and captivating depiction of a 70s talk show.

Made on a low budget, the film, unfortunately, drew attention for its use of AI in generating three 1970s title cards for a 1970s talk show that serves as a backdrop of the story. However, the use of AI is way too little to take away the credit for its brilliant writing and innovative idea that film offers.

‘Late Night with the Devil’ offers a unique viewing experience with its well-crafted production design and immersive atmosphere. While it may not satisfy all audiences, its originality and gripping storyline make it worth watching, especially for horror enthusiasts seeking something unconventional.

Mridula Singh

A sentimental binge-watcher with impressive knowledge of industry trends.

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