The Diabolical – USA, 2015


‘Evil is timeless’

The Diabolical is a 2015 American horror film directed by Alistair Legrand (Clinical) from a screenplay co-written with Luke Harvis. The movie stars Ali Larter, Patrick Fischler, Arjun Gupta, Merrin Dungey and Joe Egender.


Madison, a single mother, moves into a haunted house. After being terrorised by ghosts, she enlists the help of her scientist boyfriend…



” … serves as an example of how the new model of an old horror trope with a new twist is growing tired as well. Still, there is enough thought-provoking sci-fi horror at the climax to maybe justify a watch if you’re looking to watch every new release that comes out.” Drew Tinnin, Dread Central

“There’s nothing really obviously boring, it just creeps in around the edges when a scene or two drags on longer than necessary and the haunting isn’t that scary. After that it just becomes a matter of waiting for the explanation. Which is obvious about fifteen minutes from the end. Still, it’s a pretty decent watch…” Che Gilson, UK Horror Scene


” … has enough scares to be worthwhile as a genre flick and enough brains to provide a story worth watching. A few plot gaps and unanswered questions keep it from being a great horror movie, but it’s still a very enjoyable one.” Alexander Low, We Got This Covered

“… whilst it didn’t register particularly high on the shudder scale, it more than redeems itself with a top-drawer cast and one of the most inspired and sui generis supernatural yarns of recent years.” Howard Gorman, Scream

” … there’s nothing going on in The Diabolical worth carrying and Jacob’s early-on admonition that they should just f*cking move again is solid advice to anyone in his mother’s cash-strapped position even if their house isn’t haunted. Which, as it happens, is exactly the case here —even if the first 3/4 of the flick tries its best to convince you otherwise. All in all, this one’s well worth taking a pass on.” Ryan C., Trash Film Guru


Cast and characters:

  • Ali Larter as Madison – Final Destination, Resident Evil: Extinction/Afterlife
  • Arjun Gupta as Nikolai
  • Max Rose as Jacob
  • Chloe Perrin as Haley
  • Kurt Carley as The Prisoner
  • Merrin Dungey as Mrs. Wallace
  • Patrick Fischler as Austin
  • Wilmer Calderon as Miguel
  • Tom Wright as Curtis
  • Laura Margolis as Marcy
  • Joe Egender as Carl


The film premiered at SXSW on March 17, 2015, and was released in the US by XLrator Media.

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