Written by: Goon
I think there is something in the water in France. Either that or they have now declared all drugs legal. Sheitan is one of the biggest mind fucks of all time. If you are a fan of films like Calivare and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas this is the "true" horror film in that fashion. Calivare wasn't really my cup of tea and I think that was because he borrowed WAY to much from American horror films including a copy and paste of the dinner table scene in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In Sheitan however Kim Chapiron went buck wild and totally mixed things up.
The film begins when three friends go to a bar to pick up some hot chicks. They manage to hook up with two girls from the bar when a fight breaks out and one of them gets a bad cut on his forehead. Soon they all decide that it is high time to get out of there before anything else happens. One of the girls says that they can head back to her place in the countryside which little do they know will turn their lives upside down.
Something that I happened to really like in this movie that doesn't happen very often was the soundtrack. Despite the fact that it was all in French the movie contains a lot of hip hop. I'm guessing that the choice of hip hop really makes you look at the guys surroundings and realize that they are pretty far from the city life they are use to. Oddly enough the groups name in the movie is also Sheitan so I am assuming that when the music from the band hits you know shit is going to hit the fan.
When they first walk into the house they are met by a very spooky looking doll workshop. I don't know what it is about dolls but they always have some crazy look in their eyes.. or sockets. The entire house is detereorating and falling apart. It reminds me of the Firefly clans home if it was alitte more well-kept. The house in this movie is like a character in itself. It is still a mystery because not even half of the home is revealed which also lends to the eerie feel throughout the house.
Speaking of characters Vincent Cassel pulls off one of the craziest roles I have seen in a long time. He plays Joseph the caretaker and local wild man. Joseph has a sort of incestious clan of locals that are usually not to far behind him ready to pull some unorthodox hijinks. Cassel has this monstrous grin that looks like it is drawn on it is so wild and out there. He slowly leads the young group of rascals into a world of sin and debauchery that they may never return from.
Something that I must warn everyone about though is that this movie is not for the squeamish. Usually I don't put this kind of disclaimer on many movies but this movie definetly deserves a little warning before hand. Its not something that you are going to want to slap in the DVD player and call in the kids to watch. Even if the kids have seen all the "blood and guts" movies like Saw and Dawn of the Dead this movie is on a whole other level. It plays with certain taboos that people have and it crosses the line in some instances. When you see the film you will know where I am coming from. I don't want to ruin the shock that each scene will send through you because they come out of nowhere and are quite spread out.
Overall if you are a fan of that crazy guerilla filmmaking you definetly have to check this one out. There isn't much gore but it definetly hits enough taboo territory to keep the gorehounds interested. With a smack in the face ending and some great cinematography I highly suggest picking this bad boy up.