‘A tree so evil, the Devil planted it himself’
Devil’s Tree: Rooted Evil is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Chris Alonso and Joshua Louis; it stars Maddy Curley, Eddie Kaulukukui, Roberto Escobar and Erin Ownbey.
Samantha, a college student studying journalism, needs to complete her thesis with one last breaking news story. Along with her friend Rob, Samantha stumbles across a news article about an old tree in a local park where many horrible acts occurred. The locals have named it Devil’s Tree because of urban legends about mass murders, satanic rituals, and paranormal activity. She decides this is the perfect story to finish her thesis on…
” …fails to make the best it can out of its sinister, if gimmicky premise, choosing to steal familiar elements from such classics as Blair Witch Project and The Conjuring, instead of developing its own, original story, with the biggest let down being the poor twist at the end and the even poorer acting by everyone involved in it.” George Beremov, CineMarvellous!
“The cinematography is crisp, and the shots are varied enough to remain engaging yet standard enough not to draw undue attention. The sound is manageable, and the special effects are mostly gore-related and decent (though they rely too heavily on repetitive throat-slitting). However, technical know-how doesn’t cover inconsistencies caused by a problematic script and directing work…” Nathan Wyckoff, HorrorNews.net
Cast and characters (listed alphabetically):
- Diana D. Ambrosio … Gloria
- Ryan App … Young Sam
- Chris Caputo … Man in Woods
- Dan Crisafulli … Gerard Schaeffer
- Maddy Curley … Samantha
- Michael Ray Davis … Officer John Harris
- Marc Durso … College Professor
- Roberto Escobar … Ranger Michael
- Logan Gambill … Benjamin
- Nicholas Garofola … Boyfriend
- Nicoletta Hanssen … Female Victim #2
- Eddie Kaulukukui … Rob
- Jo Liakos … Female Victim #1
- Roy Lynam … Kevin
- Erin Ownbey … Natalie
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