Sheitan (Satan) (2006)
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Four friends looking for a good time are lured into a strange and dangerous netherworld in this wildly offbeat horror film from France. It's Christmas Eve, and twentysomethings Bart (Olivier Barthelemy), Ladj (Ladj Ly), Thai (Nico Le Phat Tan), and Yasmine (Leila Bekhti) are bored and looking for fun. They end up at a rowdy dance club where, after Bart gets into a fight, they meet Eve (Roxane Mesquida), a sexy girl who seems to take a liking to the three guys. Eve invites the foursome to come back to her place in the country; the guys are more than game, and Yasmine tags along for the ride. Eve's house is a ramshackle mansion overflowing with broken plastic dolls and looked after by Joseph (Vincent Cassel), a cheerful but subnormal handyman whose pregnant wife spends most of her time upstairs. Before long, some of Eve's friends from town come by, and while the women are sexually accommodating, Yasmine soon gets the feeling something is wrong, and in time the guys reach the same conclusion. Joseph's topics of conversation become downright creepy as he talks in great detail about incest and Satanism with his guests, and Christmas Day devolves into an orgy of violence and perversity. Sheitan received its North American premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Sheitan (Satan)
Manages a playful sensibility, reveling in its repugnance and enjoying the heck out of its twisted ending.
At the end, you feel they should have thrown out Rosemary's baby with the bath water.
If only Cassel had saved his performance for a collaboration with the League of Gentlemen.
Despite the air of brutish aggression and sexual predatoriness, little happens until gory retribution finally rears its head.
The film, shot in a demented, headlong style, seems to have no idea of its direction other than the shelf marked "cult".
As a grotesque parody of the hillbilly-terror genre, it has a real wit and energy.
A contrived and very self-conscious genre piece of hardcore black-comedy horror in a 1970s vein.
Has plenty of atmosphere but can't make up for unpleasant characters and a meandering story.
Vincent Cassel is the overpowering presence here; his perma-grinning, unkempt Joseph is brilliantly unsettling.
Despite some pretentious touches - a night-spot named Club Styxx, a guard dog called Cerberus - Satan doesn't take itself too seriously.
Entertaining and genuinely creepy at times this boasts strong performances from its French cast.
Audience Reviews for Sheitan (Satan)
Obnoxious amoral twentysomethings party at a creepy French provincial estate where the caretaker has a permanent unsettling grin, and nothing is as it seems. Ambitious attempt at a ROSEMARY'S BABY type atmosphere, but the young protagonists are intolerable and live to annoy the audience for far too long, and the multiple false endings were a bad idea. Gets worse on a second viewing. This movie really hates young people, which is cool and all, but it's a bit over the top.More
Poor, saved only by Cassel's general brilliance. The plot was unmoving, the quality was generally low.More
A better type of teen horror, but for me failed toward the end. It was very predictable, but the progression of the story was enjoyable.
Vincent Cassel plays a character quite unlike any you've seen him play before, he plays it well, but isn't really a film that is up to his level of acting.
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