After digging up a body from a graveyard, two satanic serial killers trip out on acid and meet the Devil himself.
There are times where I feel obligated as a reviewer to give two sides of a review. One side is my personal opinion, and the other side is reviewing the work for what it is. "Satan's Coming For You" is a short film like that. The up and coming filmmaker Dakota Bailey has previously only made "Scumbags: A Day in the Life of a Drug Dealer" and is now tackling the world of murder and Satanism. With only having two shorts to judge from, you can't really blame Dakota Bailey for some of the flaws of the films.
"Satan's Coming For You" is simply about two serial killers who are digging up a body. Their little trip the the graveyard ends with them tripping out on acid and meeting the mighty ruler of the underground himself, Satan.
My personal opinion of this short is simply that it feels like a filmmaker going for the shocks but lacking the skill to make it work. There are goofy, cheap acid sequences involving Satan, there's an oddly clean skeleton being dug up, there are obvious cuts separating the action from the effect, and other common things you find in no-budget indie films. Not to mention the use of metal music and the characters saying "Hail Satan" to each other in a phone call, which comes off as stupid. It's not surprising to see, but it still makes it hard to truly enjoy the work. Does it mean that Dakota Bailey is a bad filmmaker? Probably not, he just needs to put out more work for us to truly see what he can do. It's both a blessing and a curse that films can be shared online - sometimes it can be better to practice filmmaking in private and reveal your work once you have more meat on your bones. But then again, we live in a wonderful time when every artist has a shot.
Now, when you look at "Satan's Coming For You" for what it is you can see the film differently. It's still rough, obviously, but the short has a distinct cinÈma vÈritÈ-like style and seems to take inspiration from true crime horrors such as "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer". The filmmakers attempts at shock effects, while they might not be effective, are still creative enough to be entertaining - or at the very least they show promise of better effects in the future.
I might not have enjoyed "Satan's Coming For You" a whole lot and it's hard to take seriously for some of its ridiculous dialogue. It is certainly not "one of the nastiest and brutal modern horror films out there" as the director wrote in the mail to us. But "Satan's Coming For You" is no less than most people's earliest films.