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Lo (2009)

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Genres:
Horror, Horror Comedy, Supernatural Horror
Director:
Travis Betz Travis Betz
Starring:
Jeremiah Birkett Jeremiah Birkett
Sarah Lassez Sarah Lassez
Ward Roberts Ward Roberts
Devin Barry Devin Barry
Aaron Gaffey Aaron Gaffey

6.6 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Love presents many challenges to couples...but none so daunting as the one Justin faces with his girlfriend April. Kidnapped by demons, April's mystery begins to unfold when he finds an ancient book that she has left behind. Using the book, he contacts the demon Lo, ordering it to help him rescue his girl from the fiery pits. But Lo has other plans for his new master...dinner being one of them. --IMDb
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Review by Lucid Dreams
Added: April 16, 2011
Lo sat in my instant queue for about a month before I even thought about watching it. The cover art was intriguing and the summary seemed like something I could enjoy, but time was always a problem. Well, I had finally decided to watch it and sat down with my wife until the credits ended. This movie left me with mixed thoughts on if I enjoyed it or not. I'm sure by the end of this I'll figure it out.

First let's take a look on what Lo is even about. What would you do if your girlfriend was dragged into hell? Well, Justin (Ward Roberts) faces this very problem when his girlfriend April (Sarah Lassez) is kidnapped, so he decides to go down their himself to find her. With the book that April left behind, Justin decides to follow its instructions and talk to the demon Lo (Jeremiah Birkett). The only problem is, Lo isn't a very cooperative demon and would rather eat Justin then help him.

The movie is low budget, so it wasn't a shock that the stage is set up as if you are watching it in a play. Ward Roberts is stuck inside of a circle through the entire movie, so they put a lot of their hopes in the dialogue. Even in the few parts where they show flashbacks of Justin with April it is still set up stage like, but they are interesting. It gives you a breather away from Justin and Lo because the background is entirely black. There is also no music, besides the Nazi demons performance and the music for the ending credits. The makeup department in this film did an excellent job on the demons in here. I would assume a majority of the budget went into that.

Acting was something of a hit and miss. Ward Roberts acting was way over the top almost through the entire film. All of his emotions seemed forced and unbelievable. April played the dimwitted character good for the most part. But the main performer was Jeremiah Birkett who did an amazing job as Lo.

The story was something I found to be interesting and unique. It leaned more into the dark comedy side of things with a bit of romance. I really don't understand why people apply the horror genre in it more when it barely even touched ground on it. It may have had dark moments, but nothing I would call horrific.

The main problem with the movie is that it doesn't seem like a movie. I couldn't imagine someone paying ten dollars to watch this in a theater. However, maybe if this was done in an actual play, which is how it is set up, I'm sure they would attract many more fans.

Overall: Travis Betz wrote and directed this with a small budget and for the most part of the film I give this a thumbs up. I would have chosen a better actor as the lead character, but thankfully the other picked up where he dragged it. I would definitely like to see this being remade with a somewhat higher budget, but maybe that would ruin it. It's nice to see a movie focus more on character production and story, rather than worry if they put enough money on the giant robot CGI or explosions. 7/10.
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