Fallen Angels

Film review by Thomas M. Sipos




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Fallen Angels (2006, dir: Jeff Thomas; script: Jeff Thomas; cast: Michael Dorn, Bill Moseley, Adrianne Curry, Michael Kaliski, Kevin McCarthy, Farah White, Daniel Zacapa)





Fallen Angels boasts all the usual modern horror film visuals (i.e. clichés). Quick MTV edits, grim desaturated colors, gore, etc. Even so, the film is a boring mess.

The story is confused. I don't think I would have known what was going on, except I'd read the DVD box beforehand, and the characters kept filling me in on stuff they'd learned. (And I'd wonder: how did they figure that out? -- it's not in the film.)

The film opens with stereotypical drunken, horny teens. One's killed, another's kidnapped. Then we're at this prison about to be torn down. We find skeletons in the basement. The FBI comes in to investigate. Turns out many of the skeletons are over 100 years old.

People die. Some from demons, some from a killer. We find more skeletons. Killed by different people.

More people die, seemingly at random. In the end we learn it all has something to do with seven demons in charge of the seven deadly sins. Yet I can't really figure out which thinly sketched character was supposed to be guilty of which sin.

Also, a mother is seeking her kidnapped daughter. And an FBI agent discusses his early years as a pastor in Mexico, where a demon-possessed boy was killed by vigilante villagers.

The FBI agent/pastor also converses with a demon. This demon has really cheap makeup, like in a sitcom. He sounds like some whiny character from a Jerry Seinfeld episode.

I won't reveal any spoilers, but know that the ending is really unexpected, in a weird way. Not entertaining. Not gripping or anything horrific. Just out of the ballpark.

The production values are slick. But the acting is flat, and the writing is awful.

The best seven deadly sins film is The Devil Walks at Midnight (aka The Devil's Nightmare), an early 1970s Euro-horror film.



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