Devil's Den (2006)

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Quinn Taylor and his friend Nick are on their way back from Mexico with a load of Spanish Fly to sell in the States. They stop at a gentlemen's club called The Devil's Den and decide to test out their product on the unsuspecting women there. Only, these women aren't really human, and the two men find themselves in a very fatal position. Also tossed in are a female-assassin on the hunt for Quinn, a monster hunter! --TMDb
Kelly Hu
Kelly Hu
Devon Sawa
Devon Sawa
Ken Foree
Ken Foree
Steven Schub
Steven Schub
Karen Maxwell
Karen Maxwell
Review by Chad
Added: August 05, 2012
It's that time again. The streaming side of Netflix, for those of you who haven't used it, has a great selection of movies that rotates fairly often. This means that while new movies are added fairly regularly, older movies are taken off fairly regularly as well. When that time rolls around every month or so, I usually find myself scrambling to watch them before they expire, and thus, here we are with Devil's Den. I remember adding this one to my queue years ago because I thought it sounded fairly interesting, but as is often the case, I just never got around to it - there was always something that sounded just a little better that would grab my attention on movie night. So, it was do or die, watch or forget about it, time to make the decision... and I took the plunge.

Devil's Den finds two losers - Quinn (Devon Sawa) and Nick (Steven Schub) - driving through some Mexican back roads with a suitcase full of bootleg Spanish Fly that they intend to bring back to America and sell to dumb college kids. They get to arguing about whether or not the stuff really works, and they make a bet about whether or not it's the real deal or just a bunch of garbage. How do you settle this bet, you may ask? Well, there's a strip joint named Devil's Den just down the road, so they stop on in there and get to work.

They soon realize that there's something just a little off about this place. Even though the strip joint is in the middle of nowhere, the place is packed with extremely attractive strippers, and hell, even the bubbly waitress known as Candy (Karen Maxwell) is hot as all hell. Still, they didn't just come here to stare, they came here to put the pills to the test, and Quinn quickly spikes a drink and hands it over to one of the dancers. Before you can say "date rape", the dancer takes him to the back for a private lap dance, and it is there that Quinn discovers that these girls aren't what they seem: they are actually flesh-starved ghouls who use the place as a cover. It is then that an ass-kicking female assassin named Caitlin (Kelly Hu) busts in and starts shooting the undead bitch with her dual pistols, while a demon hunter named Leonard (Ken Foree) starts slicing the other ghoulish gals to ribbons with his 37-fold samurai sword. Unfortunately, there are plenty more of those deadly dames, and the night becomes a fight for survival.

I know what you're thinking, because I was thinking it as well ten minutes into the movie: yeah, it sounds a lot like From Dusk Till Dawn. Honestly? It follows the same general formula and plays out in much the same way, only, with ghouls instead of vampires (yes, there's a difference). However, that doesn't necessarily make it a bad movie - hell, Dusk itself was just another version of Vamp if you want to get technical about it, and I'm sure that there was something similar before that one. So, if you're the type of person that will hate a movie that features a familiar plot, go ahead and avoid this one... but if that doesn't bother you and if you judge movies by their own individual merits, you'll probably like this one.

To cut to the chase here, Devil's Den is a damned fun movie. It mixes together the obvious horror with a fair amount of well-written comedy, and it's all brought together with plenty of action and undead carnage. It also moves at an excellent pace, and there will not be a single second where you find yourself checking your watch or contemplating hitting that fast-forward button. The guys enter the strip club, they see some titties, and for the next eighty minutes or so, it's just one gigantic battle between man, woman, and flesh-eating strippers. Yes, you've seen most of this before, but when it works out this well, I really don't find myself complaining all that much.

Not only is it a really fun movie, it also feels very professional. This is a movie that I could easily see playing in theaters, and it never feels like an indie flick or a low-budget affair. The cinematography is spot on, the technical side of things is basically flawless (aside from a few minor audio issues), and the special effects are all that you could ask for. There are dismemberments, hearts being torn out of chests, bodies being torn to pieces, and yes, there are even a lot of well-choreographed fight, sword, and gun battles. Hell, there's even a great nod to the Zat˘ichi series that will have fans of Asian samurai flicks cheering.

I think it's pretty safe to say that I recommend the movie. While it certainly shares plenty of similarities with From Dusk Till Dawn, I can not deny that I had a great time in front of the tube and wouldn't mind the sequel that was hinted at. Devil's Den is not the most original thing to ever come across my desk, but regardless, it's still a damned fun movie and it gets a thumbs up out of me. 8/10.
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