The Good Things Devils Do (2020)

Three horror legends take center stage in this terror thriller that has its hits and misses.

Melvin is a man who was at one point, the highlight of Halloween. However, for the last two years, he has been unable to bring his Halloween spirit due to drama revolving around his wife Louise and stepdaughter Caroline. Melvin though has acquired a rare artifact that he hopes will help his aspirations of creating the Museum of the Macabre. The artifact involves the bones of a centuries-old vampire known as Masquerade. Meanwhile, small-time thief Richard wants to retire but is forced into one final heist involving breaking into a rival’s home with the help of his daughter Mouse and sadistic psychopath Percy.

Things are about to go down on Halloween night as Masquerade has come back to life and goes on a ber violent spree. When Louise is Masquerade’s first victim, she is bitten and begins to convulse. Melvin brings her to safety and shortly after, Richard and the gang show up but find themselves in the wrong house. When Richard discovers what is going on, he finds himself having to team up with Melvin, who may be able to find a way to defeat Masquerade but is fearful at the same time. Will these two be able to get along and put an end to the Halloween evil that is Masquerade?

This film is quite intriguing that it brings together three horror icons to the forefront. While co-stars Linnea Quigley and Kane Hodder have been wreaking all sorts of havoc since the 80’s as a scream queen and Jason Voorhees respectively, Bill Oberst Jr. has become the new millennium’s horror icon. To see these three in a situation involving a centuries-old vampire and with all three playing more of a negative type protagonist role, it works well here for the most part.

Oberst makes the most impact as Richard, a small-time thief who is looking to get out of the business once and for all, but not before one last heist. Yes, it’s that’s good ol’ “one last mission before retirement” thread, but in this case, Richard is forced into the job and not on his own free will. Quigley’s Louise is the miserable wife of our real second hero, David Rucker’s Melvin, who is the trope where someone gets something that he shouldn’t have to get himself known. As for Hodder, his character of Percy reminds me of someone coming from Rob Zombie’s Firefly saga, as his introduction scene just shows the level of sadistic pleasure he gets when he has a mother and daughter kidnapped.

Veronika Stoykova is great as the villain of the piece, the vampire Masquerade, who wreaks havoc byt either turning or grotesquely killing her victims. Mary Katherine O’Donnell’s Mouse is Richard’s headstrong daughter, who unlike her dad, thrives on the “business” and wants to keep going, even if her dad knows the potential consequences of those actions. Kelley Wilson Robinson’s Caroline is another horror movie trope, that promiscuous-type character who may be destined to become a victim if she is not too careful. If there has to be flaw in the film that’s prominent, it’s just that there isn’t enough character development in terms of Richard and Melvin as our heroes. Their forced situation feels a bit as said, forced, and it sort of takes away the overall quality. However, that can’t be blamed as we are dealing with indie horror and not some A-list classic.

The Good Things Devil Do does have a meaning, with the trio of Bill Oberst Jr., Linnea Quigley, and Kane Hodder being the “devils” with their various characters and the “good thing” involving their attempts to stop the deadly Masquerade. For an 80-minute run time, it’s not all bad, but could have been slightly better.

WFG RATING: C+

A SuttleFilm production. Director: Jess Norvigaard. Producer: James Suttles. Writer: Jess Norvigaard. Cinematography: James Suttles. Editing: Aaron Putnam.

Cast: Bill Oberst Jr., Linnea Quigley, Kane Hodder, David Rucker, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Kelley Wilson Robinson, Veronika Stoykova.

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