3.5 out of 10
Release date: 30th June 2014 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Paul Tanter (He Who Dares 2 / White Collar Hooligan 3 / The Hooligan Wars / He Who Dares / Essex Boys Retribution / White Collar Hooligan 2 / Fall of the Essex Boys / Rise of the White Collar Hooligan / Jack Falls)
Cast: Simon Phillips, Juliette Bennett, Will DeMeo, Kellie Shirley, Jack Murray, Peter Woodward, Bradford West, Lucy Clements, Martin Fisher, Leo Goodman with Peter Barrett and Doug Bradley
Writer: Paul Tanter
Trailer: SHAME THE DEVIL
To Be Proofread: According to IMDB.com, Shame The Devil’s original title was to be Jack Rises. Thank god the makers had a change of heart and decided against adding a fourth instalment to their rancid ‘Jack’ trilogy (Jack Says / Jack Said / Jack Falls). There’s very little else going for this British Saw rip-off that only serves to prove how good that series was. We were spoilt and we didn’t know it. Anyway, less about it’s inspiration and more about Shame The Devil itself, a Paul Tanter film that seems to have been lurking around for ages whilst more predictable hooligan-bait / Essex Boys got released. (Curiously, the DVD cover credits this Shame The Devil as a Greg Hall (director of DANGEROUS MIND OF A HOOLIGAN) movie – but yet there’s no trace of him in the credits in the film or on the back cover? What went on there I wonder!?)
Again, Simon Phillips (STAGGER) miscasts himself as a grizzled London cop who is being targeted by a truth obsessed killer who is systematically killing his friends and acquaintances by method of a Q+A, a lie detector and a killing trap (a gun / a faulty pacemaker / an electric dog collar). His mission takes him to NYC, USA where he hooks up with an old girlfriend (JULIETTE BENNETT) and serial killer profiler. Only thing is, the killer has followed him to America. Red herrings abound and despite the deep shit that Phillip’s cop James finds himself in he’s still got time to take in posh restaurants, wise crack and have Fisher Price level debates about religion and faith.
Shame The Devil‘s saving graces are in some of the performances. Down the cast-list are players that really should be getting better jobs as they easily outshine the terrible leads – we have Tanter/Phillips regular Peter Barrett (FALL OF THE ESSEX BOYS), Edward Woodward’s son Peter (THE LAST SCOUT) and Martin Fisher (VENDETTA). All of whom elevate the movie somewhat. Sadly, this another trumped up, ego trip for Mr Phillips who is a limited actor at best. He is great at comedy and is great at the sarcastic put down. In dramatic roles though he lacks the heft, menace, or conviction. No way can he play a grizzled cop or a criminal mastermind (see (or actually, please don’t see) HE WHO DARES) so the whole exercise collapses into a heap. The films plot is tighter than we’ve been lead to expect from previous Tanter/Phillips films but it’s still a pale rip-off of a successful American horror franchise – which was far from perfect itself but way better than this. The killer’s motives are are ludicrous and too far fetched even for this lunacy. And just who was Victor (DOUG BRADLEY – HELL RAISER) – did I miss something, or did it get axed in the edit?
3.5 out of 10 – Nearly watchable and better than most of Paul Tanter / Simon Phillips quickies. It’s more annoying than entertaining, but its worth watching for some good supporting turns. It just amounts to another lame ego-trip for it’s duff actor/producer. Lame The Devil.
Now read Matt ‘Plot Spoiler’ Usher’s hilarious review down below where he does tell the truth! Oh Yes!
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Simon Phillips: The Last Scout, Dystopia (TV), No Easy Days (TV), He Who Dares 2, Meet the Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, The Hooligan Wars, He Who Dares, Essex Boys Retribution, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall of the Essex Boys, UFO (2013), The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan, Strippers Vs. Werewolves, Airborne, The Reverend (2012), Ghosted, How to Stop Being a Loser, Kill Keith, Jack Says, Jack Said, Jack Falls, Stagger, The Last Seven, Just For The Record, Risen, Cut
- Will DeMeo: Life Is Just
- Kellie Shirley: Run For Your Wife, GBH, The Grind, Baseline, Eastenders (TV)
- Peter Woodward: The Last Scout, Dystopia (TV), Awaiting, Postman Pat Movie (voice), Dangerous Mind of a Hooligan, Fall of the Essex Boys
- Lucy Clements: The ABCs of Death
- Martin Fisher: The Hooligan Wars, Essex Boys Retribution, Vendetta, Family Affairs (TV)
- Peter Barrett: Devil’s Tower, The Hooligan Factory, The Hooligan Wars, Essex Boys Retribution, White Collar Hooligan 2, Fall Of The Essex Boys, UFO (2013), GBH, The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan , Airborne (2012), Ghosted, Jack Falls
- Doug Bradley: The 4th Reich, The Gathering, Wrong Turn 5, The Reverend (2012), Jack Falls, Umbrage- The First Vampire, Ten Dead Men (voice), The Cottage, An Ideal Husband, Hellraiser 4, Proteus, Hellraiser 3, Hellraiser 2, Hellraiser