Little Devils: The Birth (1993) (DVD Review)
Directed By: George Pavlou
Starring: Russ Tamblyn, Marc Price, Nancy Valen
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1:33/Number of disc: 1
Available From Shivers Entertainment
Happy-go-lucky writer Ed Reid (Marc Price; Trick or Treat) doesn’t have much going for him: he’s hassled daily by his overly aggressive sex-starved landlady, the girl he’s interested in happens to be an exotic dancer, and to pay the bills he writes erotic stories for a sleazy publication. To make matters worse, a strange young scientist in the suite next door, Lionel (Wayne McNamara) is using a mysterious mud to create an army of gargoyles. Soon, the evil sculptures become out of control, taking on a life of their own while stopping at nothing to defend their creator. Determined to stop the mayhem, Ed and his friends set out to destroy the creatures once and for all, with the assistance of the scientist himself, who ultimately holds the key to the origin and destruction of the murderous monsters.
Little Devils: The Birth is a movie that if you didn’t know better you would swear it came from Full Moon and Charles Band. It’s about a group of little, well, devils that are raising all sorts of hell until our leading man played by Marc Price (YES, that same Marc Price from Trick or Treat) discovers all of this and gets stuck with the job of trying to stop them. Price’s character is a whole lot more likable than his character in Trick or Treat and that helps a lot. The movie does, however, have what I’d call some pacing issues that tend to get in the way of things as the movie moves along. It feels like it takes some time for these creatures to get on the screen a lot, but when they do that is when the movie is at its best. But even at it’s best, I have to admit that this movie is a little rough.
I know it might be hard to believe that a movie about little demons that can be killed by spraying soda on them might not be a 5-star affair, but I’m sure anyone seeking it out will be seeking it out with well-known knowledge of what they are getting themselves into and know what kind of movie this is. The 90’s could be a tough time on horror but this one keeps that mystic alive of just how strange these horror comedies from the time could be. The effects aren’t bad for the time, but I could have used a little more in the way of gore. Then again, it feels like I’m always saying that when it comes to movies. So, effects wise, this one isn’t bad. The rest of the movie could still be a little rough around the edges at times.
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