Satan Hates You (2011)
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Satan Hates You is a clever collision of flamboyant gore and social commentary that never goes too far with anything save mordant wit.
Satan may not hate us, but the film's writer and director, James Felix McKenney, surely does.
The film's one-note premise is only as fitfully affecting as watching caricatures hit rock bottom over and over again.
This strange dual-strand structure leaves the film feeling a bit aimless and unfocussed. But it's so luridly colourful and full-on that we can't stop watching.
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Here's the thing about "Satan Hates You".
It's not a bad movie.
It's definitely not a good one, but it ain't a bad one either.
The film does have a lot going for it, there are some sequences that are really smart, the story itself is pretty good too.
The problems the production has are multitude though.
First off, the actors aren't good enough to carry the audience's attention the entire 90 minutes. They do a fine job and if this was a short, it would've been fine. But the script isn't stellar and the actors aren't great, so there are a number of scenes the film could easily do without that would tighten it up a ton and make it much more enjoyable.
Secondly, we've reached a point culturally, where people are now making "spoof" type movies based on other "spoof" type movies, rather than the original source material that these prior "spoof" type movies used.
It's like watching Todd Haynes' "Dottie Gets Spanked" or John Waters' "Crybaby" and then using those as springboards for making a 50's esque satire. It's why you don't clone a clone, the copy of a copy isn't as good as the original.
"Satan Hates You" is not made by people who experienced the source material first hand, it's by people who have watched other people make fun of these old christian what have yous, and this is their reaction to other peoples reaction, does that make sense? I realize this might sound convoluted.
The biggest drag on the film though has to be the two devil characters, which are both the two main representatives of this copy of a copy syndrome as there is literally nothing about them that makes them memorable or likable or worth paying attention to at all. You could remove them from the entire film and it wouldn't make a difference, except that the film would be more enjoyable. They're not funny, they don't really move the story forward, I mean, technically they do, but it would almost be better if they didn't, like, instead of showing the devils pushing the pill towards the girl, if it just moved invisibly, it would be, I don't know, more interesting, less obnoxious.
One incredible win is the abortion scene, as well as the lesbian goth fortune teller, she's great.
But so many scenes could be cut.
There is a good movie buried in here, but there's a lot of bad stuff around it dragging it down.
This would've been a fantastic 15 or 20 minute film.
That's one of the biggest problems in film across the board, not knowing what to cut and what to leave in.
Oh and the dude from "Hills Have Eyes" being in it was awesome.
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