Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A couple of young guys with plans to sell Spanish fly find themselves at a stripper bar called Devil’s Den. Apparently, these dudes didn’t see Vamp or From Dusk Till Dawn because these girls have a taste for human flesh.
Is it good movie?
I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from Devil’s Den. It seemed to be a blatant rip-off of the two films mentioned and the story seemed to be simply to add in gore, sex and nudity and call itself a film (not really a bad thing). But truth be told, the lack of originality in this flick didn’t bother me one bit. The story is simple; two guys (Devon Sawa and Steven Schub) returning from a trip to Mexico where they picked up Spanish fly to sell to college students. They see some strip club in the middle of nowhere and they decide to test their product. Once they get there, we find the usual sort of folks that hang out at places like this, and a number of particularly hot strippers. Not quite the boob fest as say Hostel, but it won’t disappoint the horny bastards out there. When a particularly sexy stripper played by Dawn Olivieri takes a liking to one of the guys, they find out that these chick are flesh eating ghouls. Yep, ghouls… so I guess this isn’t anything like Vamp and From Dusk Till Dawn because it ain’t vampires huh?
With all that in mind, I still dug this flick. In particular, I really enjoyed the lead actors. I like Devon Sawa. Although he is much more weathered here than I’ve seen him previously, he plays the film geek that somehow gets a lot of chicks anyway. But he has a very real persona and you end up rooting for him. He also handles the “comic relief” very well. I also really dug Kelly Hu as a "would be" assassin. She is tough, and fills the arse kicking role in a believable fashion. She also exhibits more sex appeal fully clothed than the strippers on stage. And finally we get Ken Foree as a demon hunter of sorts. He is an absolute pro at roles like this. This guy is an incredibly underrated actor and I’d love to see him do more. Aside from that, the movie itself is so-so but the three leads bring it up a notch. It moves quickly enough, aside from a silly samurai fantasy sequence in the middle which screams “filler”. I also found it interesting that the director according to IMDB is Jeff Burr, but the dudes name on the box and in the film is Andrew Dunt. Hmmmm, interesting.
Video / Audio
Video: This is a clear 1.78:1 widescreen transfer. Not bad for a this type of flick.
Audio: The Dolby Surround 5.1 and 2.0 both sounded good although maybe it was my copy but a couple of times Jon Lee's unique score sounded off. Good score though.
The extras here are decent, but could have been better. They include the entertaining, yet cookie cutter Belly of the Beast: The Making of Devil’s Den (13:29). This is a fun look behind the scenes but as I said, there is nothing terribly revealing here and it felt like every other making of, but still worth a watch.
Next up we have Devil’s Den: The Blooper Reel (10:58). Aren’t blooper reels supposed to be funny? This one is a tad bit serious and shows a couple moments where the actors seem to want to beat the shit out of each other… Kelly Hu seems a bit pissed off a couple of times, especially when folks get in her light. She’s still stunning though so I don’t give a crap.
This is Commentary? The commentary is with Producers John Duffy and Mitch Gould alongside composer Jon Lee. Every so often they sneak in an interesting note but for the most part they just seem to be enjoying the movie.
Thank ghouls they have a Photo Gallery of the point your remote and click variety. Whatever…
And finishing off the disc are Also on DVD trailers including “Room 6”, “All Soul’s Day”, “The Thirst” and “Dark Room”. There is also the screenplay available on DVD-ROM so have a blast with that.
Devil’s Den is an entertaining B-movie with a really likeable cast and a few chuckles along with the sex and gore. I really dug Mr. Sawa, I think he’s a good actor and he delivers a very likable performance even though the character itself is a bit on the annoying side. The script works some of the time and there is some thought put into it which is always a good thing. But there is that sense of déjà vu lingering here and it did make me want to go back and check out the underrated Grace Jones cult classic Vamp again. This is worth a bite if you wanna see some ghoulish strippers… nudity and gore folks… nudity and gore and even a couple funny ha ha’s.