Sheitan

2007

Sheitan

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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.

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Audience Reviews for Sheitan

  • Nov 25, 2012
    First of all, I do not find Sheitan to be funny at all, it's a piece of junk. It's a mild version of Frontière(s), starring Vincent Cassel. I felt depressing watching the film, France has been filled up with trash like these, I love the rednecks though however, they were fun to watch. Secondly, it isn't something we haven't watched before, typical dumbass teenagers being lured to outskirts of the city and got became the target of something sinister. I felt like I was watching Manos crossing over with House of 1000 Corpses, only that House of 1000 Corpses was much better. Vincent Cassel is the only redeeming factor in the film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    I was entertained by this movie. Mostly because of Vincent Cassel's awesome performance, but the movie doesn't take itself that seriously so that helps. But this is really Vincent's show, and goddamnit is he great. He's one of these actors who's just completely fearless in the roles he picks. He's not afraid to put himself in situations that other actors would scoff at. He's just an incredibly versatile performer, but I'd never say he's the best actor I've ever seen, but damn it, the guy is still great. The movie, without Vincent, probably would've been an average movie at best. But with him and the comedy, it turns into a pretty entertaining horror/comedy. The funniest scenes comes when Bart is describing eating a girl out. That's all I'll say. It was a tremendous scene. But yea that's it, it was an entertaining horror movie, I've seen better but I can't say that I wasted my time watching this movie, especially with all the absurdity going on. I just can't hate any movie that knows how absurd it is. By the way, someone should take a screen capture of the last scene with Vincent Cassel smiling widely at the camera as the movie ends. It's an incredible visual, though there is an aspect to this scene that I'm not spoiling, as it just makes the movie even better.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2010
    Insane french film about about a group of friends whose night turns to shit when a beautiful young woman invites them to her family home for Christmas. The blokes think they're going to have a "good time" with the girls and all will be fun. But when grinning caretaker Joseph turns up thing get unpredictable and a bit mental. This crazy but compelling combination of drama/thriller, black comedy and horror should be seen to be believed. Even just for Vincent Cassell's unhinged but brilliant performance!
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2009
    Tasteless and ugly, this movie is the pits. This is an anti-recommendation. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!! This was a misguided attempt to make a David Lynch style slasher film of all things. It's pure crap. A stupid, nonsensical, idiotic movie. Poorly written, directed, and acted. Thoroughly despicable, scum of the earth, Generation X retards nihilistically rampage and babble incoherently, making us want to machine gun them on general principles. As guests at a friend's family's country estate, they continue acting like the retards they are. (Sorry for the politically incorrect language; I realize I am doing retards everywhere an injustice by comparing them to these egregiously uncouth movie characters.) Bad French rap "music" (the worst kind) plays almost continuously in the background. A plethora of gross-out humor adds to the boredom as nothing happens, and more nothing happens, and absolutely nothing continues to happen for a good hour into the movie. Then later, nothing happens that is particularly memorable or scary, other than some stupid slashing, and deliberate weirdness for the sake of being weird. David Lynch would not be impressed. Viewers and critics are raving on about this film like it is Citizen Kane, crying "Genius! Genius!" and pretending this stupid waste of money is some kind of great art. Well, it isn't. It's a piece of shit. I could tell from the first frame that it was going to be a piece of shit and I was right. This turkey was even more idiotic than American Pie and There's Something About Mary crossed with a Spike Lee movie, a Troma production, and a Lady Gaga video. I am tired of having my time and money wasted by slop like this. There wasn't even any good fucking in it. And that's a shame because I spent most of the movie fantasizing about what I think would be a wonderful marriage; cast member Leila Bekhti, a roofie cocktail, some velvet restraints, and my black-light illuminated root cellar -a combination of elements, which paired with my slavering, perverted lust would have made for a profane and debased degeneracy far more elevated, refined, edifying, wrought with greater artistic and cultural redeemability than this foul roadapple of a movie. As an alternative to wasting my time and money renting and watching this joke, I would have had a more enjoyable experience being kidnapped, tied up on a dirty mattress under a bare light bulb, accordingly degraded by being force-fed spoiled picante sauce, ejaculated upon by a gang of insane, Richard Nixon-masked, escaped convicts, and rectally sodomized by Blue Velvet's Frank Booth while Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (a much better movie) plays sideways and unfocused on the wall from a knocked-over projector. At least I might have had an orgasm. (Maybe several.) And that's all I have to say about that As you were.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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