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Satan's Little Helper (2004)

R | | Comedy, Horror | 6 May 2004 (USA)
A naive young boy unknowingly becomes the pawn of a serial killer.

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Stephen Graham ...
Alex
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Dean Whooly
Dan Ziskie ...
Vernon
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Nicole
Joshua Annex ...
Satan Man
Joyce R. Korbin ...
Mrs. Tishbaum (as Joyce Korbin)
Antonio Ardolino ...
Hunter (as Anthony Ardolino)
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Fran
Christian Robert Varley ...
He Head
JoAnna Beckson ...
She Head (as Joanna Bechsen)
Larry 'Ratso' Sloman ...
Mayor Flarin
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Mrs. Flarin
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During Halloween, theater student Jenna Whooly returns to Bell Island to spend the holiday with her family and her boyfriend Alex Martin, a classmate of hers who was also raised on the island. Her younger brother Douglas "Dougie" Whooly is very attached to Jenna and is fascinated with the video game "Satan's Little Helper," and he becomes jealous with the presence of Alex. He leaves home wearing his costume of Satan's little helper, seeking Satan himself on the streets so he can ask him to kill Alex. Dougie meets a serial killer who, coincidently, is wearing a costume of Satan and decides to help him. He brings the insane murderer home, and Jenna and her mother Merrill Whooly believe that the masked killer is Alex acting like Satan to please Dougie. Later, the boy walks with the maniac along the streets, helping him to terrorize the locals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Evil can dwell in the most innocent of places. See more »

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Rated R for violence/gore, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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A member of crew is reflected in the costume shop as Satan spies on Alex and Dougie. See more »

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[first lines]
Douglas "Dougie" Whooly: [off-camera] Ten points. Fifty points. Bonus points! A hundred points! Mom, he's ripping his guts out!
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This film is dedicated in loving memory to Ernest Pintoff. See more »

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References Shrek (2001) See more »

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Anarchy
Written by Ed Walsh / Jon Fields / Joe Sears
Performed by WTW3
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Entertaining but unfunny horror/comedy
4 December 2013 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Thinking he's following a real-life version of a favorite video game character, a young boy unwittingly aids a serial killer along a rampage of carnage on Halloween night, and when it finally dawns on him about his actions, tries to help his parents stop the madman.

This ended up being quite an enjoyable if really flawed effort. Most of this is due to the absolutely original notion of the connection between the killer and the game, which is quite a coincidence but really allows for a demented atmosphere throughout as there's the whole issue of a child being fascinated with violence and death and actively encouraging it to happen, granted unwittingly but still plays an active part in the process. By making it so that he's so unable to realize the difference between real-life and fantasy allows this to really get dark with its humor by including the rampage home from the supermarket where they basically run wild through the town knocking off people left and right in the shopping as he joyfully cries out alongside the carnage which is simply fun all around simply by his presence there gleefully doing his thing during the whole sequence as he thinks it to be a game they're playing. That as well gives the scenes in the house prior to the rampage a sense of eeriness as the killer interacts with the family who are unaware of the true nature of their companion as the cold, silent stare out from underneath the unimaginably creepy devil mask works wonders in generating a creepy villain and aides this as well during the other scenes out among the town as the rampage really picks up during the middle segments of the film. While this tries to give off a comedic vibe from these efforts, it's really not all that funny as the entire joke, that he can't distinguish fantasy from reality because of the way the character's dressed, is pretty lame for a running joke to go through an entire film and doesn't really have much else in the way of jokes to make it work. It's all based on his inability to see that the figure is a killer as everyone else plays along for no reason and this ends up giving the film a really off vibe during the first hour. Thankfully, once the ruse is found out that's dropped in favor of a series effort to stop the madman which is far more interesting with the twist involving the identity switch, the race to stop him from getting back to the kid and the rampage at the party offering some addition fun due to the more serious tone offered. Overall, it's quite a fun ride but it's most certainly not as funny as people say it is, leading to it's only real flaw.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, drug use and constant scenes of children-in-peril.


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