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Satan's Little Helper (2004)

A naive young boy unknowingly becomes the pawn of a serial killer.

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Jeff Lieberman

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Jeff Lieberman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Brickel ... Douglas Whooly
Katheryn Winnick ... Jenna Whooly
Stephen Graham Stephen Graham ... Alex
Amanda Plummer ... Merrill Whooly
Wass Stevens ... Dean Whooly
Dan Ziskie ... Vernon
Melisa McGregor ... Nicole
Joshua Annex ... Satan Man
Joyce R. Korbin Joyce R. Korbin ... Mrs. Tishbaum (as Joyce Korbin)
Antonio Ardolino Antonio Ardolino ... Hunter (as Anthony Ardolino)
Mary Kay Adams ... Fran
Christian Robert Varley Christian Robert Varley ... He Head
JoAnna Beckson JoAnna Beckson ... She Head (as Joanna Bechsen)
Larry 'Ratso' Sloman Larry 'Ratso' Sloman ... Mayor Flarin
Lisa Barnes ... Mrs. Flarin
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During Halloween, theater student Jenna Whooly returns to Bell Island to spend the holiday with her family and her boyfriend Alex Martin, a classmate of hers who was also raised on the island. Her younger brother Douglas "Dougie" Whooly is very attached to Jenna and is fascinated with the video game "Satan's Little Helper," and he becomes jealous with the presence of Alex. He leaves home wearing his costume of Satan's little helper, seeking Satan himself on the streets so he can ask him to kill Alex. Dougie meets a serial killer who, coincidently, is wearing a costume of Satan and decides to help him. He brings the insane murderer home, and Jenna and her mother Merrill Whooly believe that the masked killer is Alex acting like Satan to please Dougie. Later, the boy walks with the maniac along the streets, helping him to terrorize the locals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sometimes evil needs a helping hand. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for violence/gore, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au service de Satan See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Vernon, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

The position and location of the pitchfork by the couch changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Douglas "Dougie" Whooly: [off-camera] Ten points. Fifty points. Bonus points! A hundred points! Mom, he's ripping his guts out!
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated in loving memory to Ernest Pintoff. See more »


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Anarchy
Written by Ed Walsh / Jon Fields / Joe Sears
Performed by WTW3
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Jeff Lieberman is still THE MAN!
21 March 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Jeff Lieberman's long-awaited comeback has become a pitch-black and sadistic horror comedy in which chuckles definitely get the upper hand. I've always been a great fan of Lieberman's work and I consider him an essential director for the cult-genre, even though he only made two really notable films ("Squirm", the only creature feature revolving on killer worms and "Blue Sunshine", a splendid psychedelic drug-movie). Hopefully, this "Satan's Little Helper" will become his third cult classic within a few years! This is an outrageous satire, hilarious in case you have a morbid sense of humor but practically unendurable in case you exclusively swear by intelligently plotted films. During his rather long absence (he only made a couple of unnoticed TV-movies during the nineties), Lieberman apparently did a lot of observing, as his new screenplay is a spoof on many modern society issues such as video games, the spoiled youth, religion etc… The story centers on a spoiled little brat who wastes most of his time by playing an immoral and violent video game called Satan's Little Helper. When he encounters a man dressed like Satan on Halloween's day, he thinks it's an act and he nearly begs this guy to assist him on his murder spree. Without realizing the seriousness of his crimes, young Douglas laughs at many violent massacres and he even introduces this personification of evil to his family. The plot sounds like a bunch of absurd nonsense – and actually, it is – but it's FUNNY nonsense! The comical effect is reached by the stupidity of the characters and – especially – by the portrayal of Satan! He doesn't speak but the mask he's wearing is great and his spontaneous reactions are hilarious. The "gags" in this film are pretty unethical (a cat is smashed against a wall, pregnant women & blind men are ran over by carts, intestines are being knotted…) and I'm sure many people won't even grant this film the littlest smile. Too bad for them, because "Satan's Little Helper" is unique in its own peculiar way and certainly worth checking out for people with no morals. There's some nice acting to admire, too! Amanda Plummer (her face alone scares me) is good as the eccentric mother and the gorgeous Katheryn Winnick shines as the sexy sister. I hope to see a lot more work from this young and obviously talented actress! The only disadvantage of this film is that it's slightly too long and the end sequences could easily have been cut from the final product. Nonetheless, a very cool film!


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