If I Trapped the Devil does anything well -- and it does several somethings well -- it is that it establishes a sense of horror inside its limited space. Matt (AJ Bowen) goes to visit his brother Scott (Scott Poythress) who's been holed up inside their family home for a spell too long, bringing his well-meaning wife Karen (Susan Burke) along with to lighten the mood. The whole film takes place inside this house, and writer-director Josh Lobo does ace work corrupting its corners, with a black stain emanating from the basement where we quickly learn Scott has, well, gone a little mad sometimes.
The film feels small but in a claustrophobic sense, ultimately working to its benefit -- at only 82 minutes long it never really allows itself to let up, and alongside Matt and Karen we feel infected by this place's badness, its rot. I found myself on the sunny afternoon as I watched this thing while lying in bed corrupted -- like I had to go wash my hands when it was finished. I Trapped the Devil might put the devil right inside you.
I Trapped the Devil opens this weekend!
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