American Satan movie review. Directed by Ash Avildsen. Produced by Sumerian Films Jeff Rice Films. Rated R US certificate 18 UK. Running time 106 minutes approximately.
Soon the band members realise that a deal with the devil always comes at a price, with more blood sacrifice needed to appease the dark one, drink and drugs take the band, and they are at breaking point before their careers have really taken off. Can they save the band, can they actually save their souls, with a manslaughter charge, arrest for underage sex, hooked on heorin and booze, and a deal with the devil still wanting his dues.
What we have is a really great movie about the excesses in life thrown at a young band that weren't ready for the fame and fortune, some great music and a great metal soundtrack, that isn't available in the UK, only on download, as I like real CDs and vinyl looks like I won't be getting this fab soundtrack. With an almost unknown cast, except for the lead singer of Relentless who is played by Andy Biersack an already established band member in another American rock band called Black Veil Brides, with the strange thing his voice is not the one heard on the soundtrack but of fellow vocalist Remington Leith of Palaye Royale, obviously for copyright reasons, or contractual obligations. The rest of the cast are relative unknowns, but with cameos from Malcolm Mccdowell as the Devil and Game Of Thrones favourite John Bradley, with WWE star Goldberg acting as the bands tour manager and muscle, with a ridiculous Denise Richards as Jonny Faust's mum, who clearly isn't old enough to be a mother of a twenty plus year old. Apart from a few gripes this movie is really enjoyable, the music is brilliant, the workings of a band is really interesting, I wish it had more violence and blood, but I think it is a story about this band, not the devil himself. Still it is an interesting film that deals with the message be careful what you wish for as it may come true.