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Title: Lucifer's Angels

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Year: 2014

Genre: Independent / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 60 min

Director: Rick McDonald

Writer: Rick McDonald


Strange things are going on in the Catskill Mountains, and a group of friends have planned to go there on a camping trip. Meanwhile two ghost hunters arrive at the location. It becomes apparant that what's lurking in these woods is far worse than a haunting, and it will lead to their gory demise.

Our thoughts:
"Lucifer's Angels" checks the boxes of several subgenres of horror: independent horror, slasher, supernatural and torture films. Neither of these are rare for the general independent filmmaker to attempt, but I won't deny that I was curious to see how well they would be mixed.

Some friends are going on a camping trip to a place called the Catskill Mountains. They are no the only ones going there though, as a paranormal investigator arrives with his fiancé to hopefully record the supernatural. But "Lucifer's Angels" is not about ghosts, and it's certainly not a found footage horror. With its tagline, "Not all angels are from heaven", you can assume that whatever our leads are gonna meet in these woods, it's not only several beings. And they're not gonna be friendly.

Unfortunately the movie develops into essentially your typical slasher flick with just a few detours in its back story. I had hoped for something grand with a title and tagline like that, but the mentioned angels (without spoiling anything) are just portrayed as serial killers. When it's yet another movie about friends going camping, you'd want it to take some leaps in other areas, but despite its attempts it just comes back as something similar to what we've seen and experienced many times before: a slasher in the woods.

There are some solid gore scenes in the movie though. Both from killings and some good ol' flesh munching. This didn't restore my personal opinion of the movie, but if you've been enjoying it (or believe you would enjoy it), then the gore is certainly gonna let you hold on to your opinion. It's probably the most well done part of the movie. It's not a gorefest, but it's there and it looks good enough.

The acting is about as flawed as your typical indie horror. Most of us are used to it, so it's not a distraction anymore, but it's worth mentioning because it reassures me of my opinion. Since the movie is actually quite serious considering its genres, the acting is an important aspect without being too detrimental, so at the very least the actors didn't make a mockery out of the movie.

"Lucifer's Angels" didn't deliver much out of the ordinary, but it's an honest attempt and luckily they didn't try to make a joke out of their concept. It takes itself seriously enough. There wasn't much for me to dig into here, though. It's several typical ideas thrown together, executed in an unspectacular manner, with little reason for us to care about the characters. Some decent gore doesn't save it.

Positive things:
- Decent gore.
- Takes itself seriously, luckily.

Negative things:
- Despite a few different takes on the genre, it still feels like a repetition.
- The actors, while they're not terrible, they are your usual indie fare.
- The "angels" were pretty uninteresting.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 1/5

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