I Trapped The Devil

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A slow-burning horror story that takes spine-tingling advantage of its setting and cast, I Trapped the Devil marks an auspicious debut for writer-director Josh Lobo.



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Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (Susan Burke) show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve (Scott Poythress) to celebrate the holidays, they are instead greeted with a horrifying surprise: trapped in the basement is a man. But not just any man. Steve believes that his hostage is none other than the devil himself. As shock and skepticism turn to fear and paranoia, Matt and Karen find themselves facing a terrifying quandary: is Steve dangerously unhinged? Or could the mysterious stranger really be evil incarnate? Either way, the stage is set for a true Christmas from hell.


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Critic Reviews for I Trapped The Devil

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  • A promising debut despite its flaws.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It proves Lobo an able helmer (if one who could probably use a co-writer next time), eking decent atmospherics and good performances within a potentially claustrophobic premise.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • Unfortunately, for all the debuting filmmaker's talent for creepy atmospherics, I Trapped the Devil feels draggy and attenuated even with its brief 82-minute running time including credits.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • By seesawing between bland normalcy and hellishness, Lobo denies his audience the immersive horror that his film's best images promise.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lobo has an interesting eye for visual aesthetics but there's not really anything else that I'd recommend here.

    Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • I Trapped the Devil ultimately has just enough meat on its bones to stick with viewers willing to plunge into its grim, nightmarish world.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Trapped The Devil

  • Sep 22, 2019
    An interesting series of ideas that never fully take shape. There's the shared familial trauma, Christmas, and of course the titular devil locked in a basement. Each of these threads inherently have tension and meaning but they just aren't ever connected in a satisfying way.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2019
    Feels as though it probably would have been better served as an episode in some sort of antholgy series, rather than a feature length film, but there's a lot of dedication here, and that bleeds through ina positive way.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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