Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Devil's Gift (1984) aka Il Dono Del Diavolo

1 / 5 Oct '10
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Kenneth J. Berton
Written by: Kenneth J. Berton, Hayden O'Harra
Actors include: Bob Mendelsohn, Vicki Saputo, Struan Robertson
Genre: Horror
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Nope

Well, I have seen worse movies, this one is at least laughably abysmal. Most of it is mundane talking about changing the oil in one's car or something similar, or ridiculously over the top family love-ins and friendly touching. The most entertaining part of the film is watching the Father in the family interacting with their neighbor friend Pete (they seriously want to have sex with one another though that has nothing to do with the movie or it's plot). Anyhow, Father and Stepmother have a son Michael who likes to play with Star Wars toys and watch generic cartoons (that we get to watch for a while because they had nothing better to fill the time with). When Michael's birthday hits Stepmother buys him one of those ugly cymbal monkeys from an antique shop. The monkey spends lots of time giving evil glares on the verge of clapping his symbols together. For whatever reason he is making the Stepmother attempt to kill the family dog and son? Who knows, it was cheaper than hell, duller than dirt and there wasn't any payoff. It's a big ripoff of Stephen King's "The Monkey's Paw" only it's the most boring representation dragged out over an hour and a half imaginable. Return this gift to sender (couldn't resist), it's got absolutely nothing going for it.

Availability:  Not on DVD

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