E-Demon presents itself as a found footage, but in a rather original manner, no unwarranted reason for the camera to run, rather creatively done to get the attention of Facebook users, YouTube fans, and attracting the causal surfer of the net. It all poses itself as a true story, from Dark Cuts Entertainment responsible for bringing other films Butcher the Bakers (2017) and The Wicked One (2017), as director and writer Jeremy Wechter weaves an interesting story, and works to keep the viewers engaged and not pulling the plug.
The film starts with an introduction from a hooded and blurred figure concerning a series of disturbing mysterious homicides discussed on various television exclusive reports and numerous online articles real, fake and plenty of conspiracy scenarios. The individual masking their voice warns viewers of a demon running loose and how viewers need to join the resistance to counter it, to prove his theory and point to gather and assemble the footage of that fateful night. It’s definitely a new twist of an intro to a found footage conceptual storyline, I’ll try to avoid any major spoilers as not to reveal much of the illusion of the concept. Four friends gather together for an evening of video conference chatting, A.J. (Christopher Daftsios) boasts about his wealth and a new love interest (clearly indication he’s full of himself and enjoys playing the field), Dwayne (John Anthony Wylliams) is happily married to Eva and they have two young daughters. The third one of the bunch, is Kendra (Julia Kelly) in celebratory mood after securing a publishing deal for a book she’s written and illustrated. Everyone seems to be in a great place except for 30-year-old, immature Mar (Ryan Redebaugh) who returned to live with his parents which subjects him to much ridicule. Two in group enjoyed playing pranks on the others and continue it once more, and aids setting up the second portion of the film. However, Mar continues the prank to pass a safe level, and opens a cursed truck even though he was warned about it in the family’s attic, and unleashes the demon and many diabolic situations arise from this causing complete damnation. Needless to say, the demon uses the internet to spread his possession to all viewers.
The majority of the film shows in a round table manner of chat sessions with a group characters that snip and swipe at each other when they leave the chat, makes it hard to believe these actually were all close friends in college, appear more individual stereotypical game pieces. Wechter tries to create tension and confuse all with the possibilities of massive hysteria or pure fakery, while the characters use headsets and not chained to the seats therefore no one technically trapped in a seated position. However, this pushes the story into a weird direction, and creates less believable moments and scenes, a few a true dozy.
A night of demonic possession unfolds through a private chatroom but pulls in others into the tangled web and well-documented recording of the demon using technology for its own destruction practices. Overall the film tries to entertain, and does at some moments, but the streamline telling of the movie, becomes jumbled suffering from the lack of ability to make it scary, and reminds one of movie Unfriended (2014), a tad too much. Herein lies the problem, from the masked individual at the beginning, if the demon is now possessing the internet and all who view the screens become influenced by it then this isn’t contributing to the demonic forces, and thereby dropping us into a pitfall of the plot. Therefore, if you live off the grid or just decide to unplug, you’ll be more than safe.
Tagline: evil is going viral
IMDb Rating: 3.2/10
Baron’s Rating: 3.0/10