2019s I Trapped the Devil

2019s I Trapped the Devil

2019s I Trapped the Devil

2019s I Trapped the Devil, directed by Josh Lobo in his debut, is about Matt and Karen who unexpectedly show up at Matt’s brothers house for Christmas. They enter to see that the house is in disarray, and a brother who believes that he (and c’mon, it’s in the title) has trapped the Devil.
This is another solid entry into the “man, 2019, you’re really close” category. We’ve seen quite a few films come close to being really good, and this is one of them. The poster art is great, excellent score, fairly well filmed and acted, but just lacked some of the oompf that would have put it over the top.
I’ll be staying well away from spoilers here, but there was some missed opportunity with tension here. Don’t get me wrong, there is tension and paranoia, but I would have liked to see it go farther.
Additionally, the ending could have been much more effective if what happened would have been more intense and visceral. A la Blackcoats Daughter when Rose gets killed.
So, this was close and good effort by all involved. With some more money, more time, more tension, this would have gone from good to great. But solid effort by a first time director, and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
I’m still rating it above average, but it just didn’t blow me away.
6.5/10
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