Review by Monique Thompson
When a single mother and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence in their quiet suburban home, she turns to her scientist boyfriend to take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightened to face.
Surely nothing to rave about, The Diabolical, starring Ali Larter, is one of those psychological films that happen to have more substance than most might expect. Even though the basis for the story line is quite generic – suburban family managing to overcome tragedy now being haunted by paranormal forces – the film still has some pretty great moments and turns out to be not as predictable as presumed.
Typically, in most psychological horror films, those being haunted generally enlist priests/the clergy to try and overcome the supernatural power. This time around, the writers put a nice twist by approaching things in a more science-fiction way. Madison (Larter) enlists her psychiatrist boyfriend to help deal with the paranormal forces.
On the downside, the graphics aren’t the greatest. At some points, the animation loses its purpose and is very distracting. A few times, the computer animated so-called monster that’s haunting Madison pops up and just doesn’t have that scare factor like it should. Still though, because of it’s unpredictable nature, The Diabolical is quite engaging and entertaining as a sci-fi/horror film.
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