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Screener Squad: Late Night With The Devil

Late Night With the Devil Movie Review


Ever since it premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival, buzz has been growing for Late Night for the Devil, from Cameron and Colin Cairnes, and starring veteran character actor David Dastmalchian in a rare leading role. It’s 1977 and late night talk show Night Owls with Jack Delroy is perpetually stuck in the number two slot behind ratings juggernaut, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reeling from personal and professional setbacks, Jack needs a hit, and he’s struck on the perfect idea: a spooky Halloween night episode whose guests include both a psychic, and a professional skeptic, and a parapsychologist, but the star of the show is Lily, a teenaged girl who grew up in a satanic cult, and who is allegedly possessed by the devil. What could possibly go wrong? Our reviewers aren’t the biggest fans of found footage films, but they appreciated the way this film ratchets up the tension while playing with the conventions of the genre, and examining the effect of mass media at this particular time in history when most people only had three channels to choose from. Tune in to hear our hosts, Frank, LeWayne, and Marco as they interview one another about this clever commentary on the power of television, mass hysteria, and the high price of fame.


DIRECTED BY: Cameron and Coli  Cairnes

STARRING: David Dastmalchian, Laura Gordon. Ian Bliss, Fayssal Bazzi,. Ingrid Torelli, Rhys Auteri, Georgina Haig, Josh Quong Tart, Michael Ironside




Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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