‘Sorry About The Demon’ Is An Entertaining And Humourous Horror – Film Review

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In a silent, eerie house, when the clock strikes 3:15 am, real estate agent Ken (Dave Peniuk), his wife Tammy (Sarah Cleveland), and their teenage son Jake (Jude Zappala) investigate the sounds of paranormal activity to find their young daughter, Grace (Presley Allard), possessed by the demon Deomonous (voiced by Tony Vespe). What does he want? A human sacrifice to take to hell, of course. The family strikes up a deal that will give them back Grace if they can find a new soul to be sacrificed. But who is desperate and stupid enough to move into a haunted house with a demon? That’s when we meet Will (Jon Michael Simpson). 

Will, who bakes cakes as a coping mechanism, works as a customer service rep for a toothpaste company where he takes late-night calls. When his girlfriend Amy (Paige Evans) gets fed up with his inability to commit to her and his countless unfinished projects, Will needs to find a new place to stay and ends up in the haunted house. Will doesn’t notice immediately, which creates some fun scenes, but he soon starts getting spooked when his belongings are moved; he hears whispers, sees kitchen cupboard doors fly open, and appliances turn on themselves. “The electricity is just faulty,” he says, trying to convince himself. 

Things get more serious when Will finds a black cake in his fridge with “I will have your soul” spelled out in red icing. He definitely doesn’t remember baking that one. With the help of his best friend Patrick (Jeff McQuitty) and Patrick’s co-worker Aimee (Olivia Ducayen), who has experience with cleansing houses of spirits, Will has to find a way to win back his ex-girlfriend and banish the sacrifice-seeking demon, all while being haunted by more cakes and other spirits in the meantime. 

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Sorry About the Demon has some originality about it while still following the traditional story beats of its genre. Writer and director Emily Hagins, who wrote and directed her first feature-length film, Pathogen, at age 12, plays around with the classic haunted house and demonic possession tropes while injecting familiar romantic comedy beats. The film’s title sets the tone; it’s fun, silly, and endearing. Hagins really understands the genre, which is only highlighted by the strong filmmaking. Sorry About the Demon is beautifully shot with decent visual effects and superb cinematography that expertly balances colourful daytime scenes with the eerie cool-toned nighttime scenes.  

The cast is excellent and complements each other well. Simpson, who has previously appeared in Scare Package and the V/H/S mini-series, has impressive comedic timing and infectious energy that carries the film. Ducayen also possesses this contagious energy, and her charisma makes her fun to watch. The only major downside to Sorry About the Demon is the runtime. At 1h44m, the film could’ve benefited from a 10-minute trim to tighten the pace and keep the audience fully invested, as some parts lull. Nevertheless, Emily Hagins’ latest feature is an entertaining and humorous watch.

Sorry About The Demon is available to watch on Shudder.

by Toni Stanger

Toni Stanger is a film and screenwriting graduate with a passion for cats, horror films and middle-aged actresses. Her favourite films include Gone Girl, Heathers, Scream and Excision. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd.

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