Demonologist, The. One Wild Ride, Practical Effects Could Use Work

Demonologist, The. Film Details Director, Writer: J.M. Stelly The Demonologist

Director:  J.M. Stelly

Writer: J.M. Stelly

Release Date: January 1, 2019

Release Format: Video On Demand

MPAA Rating: N/A

Genre: Thriller

Running Time: 100 Minutes

Social Networking: Facebook 


Detective Damien Seryph investigates a string of murders that connects to a group trying to bring forth the 4 King Demons of Hell. Damien’s past connects him to those involved and will force him to become “The Demonologist”.

Order on iTunes


The Demonologist is a murder mystery-turned-horror story that can be more accurately categorized as a “thriller”. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Any flaws that I found were only minor, and everything from the plot to the cast kept me interested and engaged. Director, Writer: J.M. Stelly The Demonologist


I enjoyed The Demonologist. There was seldom a time when I could find a flaw to focus on, and I think that everything was well-choreographed. Obviously, there was a lot of tact, planning, and skill involved in the making The Demonologist. Despite that the budget was clearly not extravagant, J.M. Stelly and crew made a film that worked.

Firstly, the cinematography was well-done. The composition and framing in The Demonologist were flawless. However, there was one minor thing that threw me off a bit; the main character, Damien, had many flashbacks and “nightmares” throughout the movie. In every scene, the picture was blurred into a sort of vignette, most likely to show the difference between these “dreams” and the waking world.

It wasn’t very visually-striking, as it made it look awkward in contrast with the appearance of the rest of the film. This gave it more of a “network television” vibe than a “scary movie” vibe. Other than that, most things were visually immaculate. Getting the lighting down to perfection when there are candles in the room takes a high degree of skill. It was all very impressive. Director, Writer: J.M. Stelly The Demonologist

There was one visual that I had an issue with special effects. The best thing about a good thriller is that one can often shock and scare the viewer without using any over-the-top visuals (Cat People,1942, anyone?) and sometimes when one tries to do so without adequate resources, it comes out looking unrealistic or just plain cheesy. I understand that this can be a good thing; I love “camp”. I love “cheesy”.

That’s what makes a lot of movies palatable, for me, and for many other horror nerds. It’s the reason we watch 80’s B-movies on repeat. However, as someone who wears a heavy-duty silicone mask to work at a haunted attraction often, I couldn’t help but notice- and fixate on- the eyes that didn’t match some of the characters’ faces or the way their faces sometimes didn’t move naturally. If less effort to put the makeup over-the-top was made, and more effort was made to draw attention elsewhere, we would have had an absolutely golden film. Director, Writer: J.M. Stelly The Demonologist

In conclusion:

Despite some minor flaws and quirks, The Demonologist was a great movie. Without quirks, nothing in life would be too interesting. The cinematography and acting were great, and the story is one wild ride! I highly recommend that people buy it On Demand, kick back, and enjoy!



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.