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Satan's Little Helper (2004)

R | | Comedy, Horror | 6 May 2004 (USA)
A naive young boy unknowingly becomes the pawn of a serial killer.

Director:

Jeff Lieberman

Writer:

Jeff Lieberman
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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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Your house is next. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Dougie's mask sometimes alternates positions on his head. 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 »

Connections

References Shrek (2001) See more »

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Anarchy
Written by Ed Walsh / Jon Fields / Joe Sears
Performed by WTW3
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Very Original Horror
3 April 2012 | by chow913See all my reviews

Very Original Horror The very original concept of 'Satan's Little Helper' is almost enough to overlook the poor editing, acting, and total lack of a musical score. Yep, almost.

I only saw this film to drool over blonde bombshell Katheryn Winnick after seeing her in 'Hellraiser VIII.' Well I wasn't disappointed by the fact that she spends the entire film dressed for Halloween as a renaissance bar wench showing off her "assets" and by the fact that her younger brother has a crush on her.

Anyway the original concept of 'Satan's Little Helper' revolves around an unknown serial killer dressed in the frightening rubber mask seen on the cover box. Halloween is actually a good day to go on a mindless bloody rampage. He can get away with dragging around dead bodies, or body parts, and wielding weapons without the police batting an eye. Screams for help and 911 calls are also dismissed. Attacking people in their homes is easy. Everyone is prepared to answer the door at night for a masked stranger with candy in hand, rather than a gun. (For the record I do still keep a gun by my door even on Halloween.) Maybe the ease of being a serial killer on Halloween is why Michael Myers always chooses this day. How does he spend his time the other 364 day of the year? A young boy Dougie witnesses the murders but assumes they're all part of Halloween fun and offers to become Satan's little helper. Hence the mute serial killer uses Dougie as an accomplice in his murder spree.

In a very funny scene, after realizing the killings are real Dougie prays to God. (Much more effective than calling the police or grabbing a weapon.) The serial killer now being hunted by Dougie's family changes Halloween costumes and appears a Jesus. Dougie lets him in the house believing his prayers were answered.

Where the film fails isn't in its poor production quality but in its horror movie clichés. Once the family realizes the masked serial killer is real do they, RUN LIKE HELL? Hide? Hold up and wait for help? Grab a weapon? Or simply fight back? (After all the serial killer doesn't have any super powers, he's just one man.) NO! They follow the usual horror movie clichés of splitting up wandering around dark areas and investigating strange noises in the basement.

But I do give the film credit for having a GREAT ending. Always key and very difficult in horror films. A bad ending can ruin an entire horror movie.

Worth a viewing for an original idea. Only worth a second viewing to drool over Katheryn Winnick a second time. And brace yourself for the poor production quality.


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