Macabre Movie Reviews – Lo

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When Justin’s girlfriend is kidnapped by a demon, the love struck young man summons a demon of his own in an attempt to get her back. What Justin doesn’t know is that his girlfriend has a little bit of a history with these demons herself, and what he doesn’t know may end up taking his soul.

I once watched an infatuated zombie refuse to eat the last living human, who happened to be a woman, in a warehouse a group of us had raided for our meal. He wouldn’t even let the rest of us eat the damn woman. The reason being…she looked a lot like his wife who had died rather than being turned into another walking corpse. His unbeating heart still belonged to her and despite his better judgment; he just couldn’t get over it. That’s kind of what Lo is like except in reverse.

Our Friday matinee starts off with young Justin creating a magic circle and conjuring the demon Lo to do his bidding. It is here that we discover Justin’s girlfriend April has been kidnapped by another demon and so Justin is attempting to use Lo in order to get her back. April had a magical book that Justin had always believed was a joke up until the point a demon actually showed up in his apartment and slapped him around like Russell Crowe in… well I guess in pretty much any situation. The reason Justin picked Lo out of this magical tome of hundreds of demons is because this demon’s page in particular had been earmarked so Justin figured that there must be something special about it. Justin soon begins to learn that his girlfriend has a bit more of a past than our doe eyed protagonist knows. This past is shown in between little plays Lo puts on to show Justin the error of his ways. As the clock quickly runs out, Justin must conjure up a plan or end up the newest permanent resident of hell.

{This is why mom told you not to smoke}

This movie shocked me. Not due to the gore, sex, or in your face moments, but because of how good it was. The entire movie is mostly Justin and Lo talking to each other, well more like Lo mocking Justin for his ignorance in summoning up a demon he knows nothing about. Out of the hour and a half this movie runs a good hour is dedicated solely to the two of them talking. The director, producers, and writers must have known that this could get boring really quick and so put a lot of effort into writing the dialogue, that dialogue is easily the best thing about this movie. The quirky and sarcastic Lo does a good job of keeping you interested in what’s going on. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a conversation as much as I enjoyed this one (with the exception of religious arguments, those are just too much fun). The hilarious stage productions in which Lo replays scenes from Justin’s life are amazingly funny and visually stunning with great artistic scenery (it is extremely stylish and colorful). Add the oddball demon Jeez who pops in every now and then to sing a song with his undead band and taunt our hero Justin and you have an A+ movie.

{Never has a band looked cooler…with the exception of the Horrorpops}

The makeup is top notch, with the demons done exceptionally well, and the scenery is constantly stunning. Every time one of the plays comes up it is done in a very surreal almost dreamlike way. I don’t really have a single complaint about this flick.

In my opinion this movie is not only one to watch, but one to own. I know it will blow you away in the same way it did me.

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Directed By: Travis Betz (Sunday, Joshua)

Starring: Ward Roberts(MANswers [TV], Sick Puppy), Sarah Lassez (LA Sucks, The Brothel), and Jeremiah Birkett (Mutant Vampire Zombies from the ‘Hood!, Maniacts).

Released By: Drexel Box Productions and Synkronized

Release Year: 2009

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPPA Rating: Not Rated