American Satan, Timeless Count of the American Dream
Director: Ash Avildsen
Writer(s): Ash Avildsen, Matty Beckerman
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Genre: Drama, Music, Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr 51 min
A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?
American Satan has released on October 13, 2017. The Drama, Music, Thriller is directed by Ash Avildsen. Co-written by Matty Beckerman. Produced by Execution Style Entertainment.
Andy Biersack – Johnny Faust
Booboo Stewart – Vic LaKota
Ben Bruce – Leo Donovan
John Bradley – Ricky Rollins
Jesse Sullivan – Lily Mayflower
Sebastian Gregory – Dylan James
Mark Boone Junior – Elias
Denise Richards – Kat Faust
Malcolm McDowell – Mr. Capricorn
Johnny, Vic, Leo, Ricky, and Lily are a starter band trying to make ends meet and find their foot in the door to stardom. They meet Elias, who provides them the golden ticket if they sign a contract with him. Soon their road to success takes a downfall as they become highly manipulated by alcohol, drugs, and sex. Their fame takes a turn for the worst, and they have to pick up the pieces to gain back their image and reputation.
American Satan follows a group of young adults trying to start a band and trying to find their way to riches and fame. During their journey, they encounter the struggles that deadly obsession can achieve.
The American Satan plot is innovative. Filled with alcohol, drugs, sex, and rock and roll. There are many like-minded films with this central theme. Yet, this production manages to stand in its own limelight. After watching this film the first time, I was in awe, that I decided to watch it two more times.
This production is a perfect example of the destruction that alcohol and drugs can have on all aspects of life, and more importantly, one’s career. Sadly, these two things deteriorate a lot of people.
Another theme that’s incorporated in a lot of films of this nature is religion and cult. The sensitivity and controversy of these are what makes them such interesting subjects. People having differing views and beliefs. This also creates chaos in itself, as will be witnessed.
The cast performances are really good. The main characters portray the characteristics and the trials and tribulations that a lot of bands may face. You see this in many autobiographies, documentaries, and films based on artists and bands. This subject is successful because it is interesting to see a band’s rise to stardom, it’s appetite for destruction and disaster, and then it’s slow rise back to fame. One film that shows a great example is Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
The score for American Satan is phenomenal. They are a heavy metal band, so the music selections are deep, dark, loud, and powerful. The lyrics of the songs along with the roar of the instrumental composition set the stage on fire. The lyrics can reach a lot of audiences whether you are a fan of heavy metal or not. Music is supposed to make you escape mentally, and this production succeeds at just that.
American Satan is a thunderstorm with a mix of emotions. Happiness, sadness, rage, destruction. This production is solid, filled with darkness, chaos, and powerful music. The journey to achieve the American Dream can be a long road. This is a path that is worth the travel and the risk.