Devil in the Flesh Steve Cohen’s Drama Horror
Devil in the Flesh Film Review
Director: Steve Cohen
Release Date: June 23, 2000
Release Format: Video, Streaming
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Horror Sub-Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
“Devil in the Flesh” is a Drama, Suspense, Thriller, newly released on Popcornflix. Debbie Strand comes from a troubled past. In order to move on from her past and start a new life, her mother sends her to live with her grandmother, who is very strict and gives Debbie discipline. When starting her new school, Debbie develops a crush on her teacher, Peter Rinaldi, who is not only twice her age, but who is also involved in a serious relationship with his girlfriend, Marilyn. Upon spending more time with Peter outside of school-related activities, Debbie’s school girl crush shortly develops into a dangerous obsession with him. When police officers come into play, they learn that this is not the first time that Debbie has been involved into such activities and that this girl who portrays innocence can actually be a “devil in disguise”.
Plot: A young woman with the “hots” for her teacher. He doesn’t return her advances, so she becomes dangerously jealous and hostile. You can never go wrong with this kind of plot. It’s all in the direction you take it and make it different from the rest.
Practical Effects/Special Effects: “Devil in the Flesh” uses believable makeup and props. It avoids being cheesy, which a lot of these kinds of films are these days.
Scare Factor: The only thing scary about “Devil in the Flesh” is the thought that this could actually happen in real life. There are many cases of jealous lovers (or make-believe lovers for that matter), where communication gets out of hand and things become insane. Besides that, this film is like your average Drama, Thriller.
Performances: The performances in “Devil in the Flesh” could have been much better and more believable. The cast acts like most actors in an original Lifetime, LMN, or SyFy movie. Very cheesy acting. (Sidenote: I would consider “Devil in the Flesh” more of a Lifetime or LMN channel movie than a Horror film. Drama, Thriller, and Suspense is what this film would fall under.).
Viewing Experience: Overall, the viewing experience for “Devil in the Flesh” is tolerable. I’ve seen so many films like it already that I knew how it would play out. I also saw the potential for it to go into a different path that would have set it apart from the rest in the genre.
Sidenote: I’ve experienced a lot of problems with the playback and video quality with “Devil in the Flesh” from the Popcornflix site. Constant freezing. At one point the film stopped playing and I had to restart the Internet and try it again.
- 0-10 Avoid
- 11-20- Mediocre
- 21-30 -Good
- 31-40 – Average
- 41-50- Decent
- 51-60 – Stunning
- 71-80 – Must See
- 81-90 – Amazing
- 91-100 – Impressive