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With: Vincent Cassel, Olivier Bartélémy, Roxane Mesquida, Nicolas Le Phat Tan, Leïla Bekhti, Ladj Ly, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Gérald Thomassin, Quentin Lasbazeilles, Guillaume Bacquet, Alexandre Borrel, Georgette Crochon
Written by: Christian Chapiron, Kim Chapiron
Directed by: Kim Chapiron
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 90
Date: 01/27/2006

Sheitan (2006)

3 Stars (out of 4)

All Doll Down

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Kim Chapiron directs this above average horror chiller that starts off with the usual band of partying teens. It's Christmas Eve, and three guys are partying in a disco. After a brawl, the hottie Eve (Roxane Mesquida) invites Bart (Olivier Barthelemy), Thai (Nico Le Phat Tan), Ladj (Ladj Ly) and Yasmine (Leila Bekhti) back to a farmhouse for the weekend. Once there, they encounter a house full of creepy dolls and an even creepier caretaker, Joseph (Vincent Cassel), whose enthusiastic grin belies a hint of menace. It's Christmas Eve, and Joseph keeps his very pregnant wife out of sight of the guests, while subtly taking potshots at the male sexual identities of our heroes. Chapiron shoots mainly in hand-held, and the entire enterprise effectively suggests dread and unease without getting too overt. Sheitan (the title translates to "Satan") also manages a playful sensibility, reveling in its repugnance and enjoying the heck out of its twisted ending.

DVD Details: Tartan's DVD comes with trailers, a making-of featurette and optional subtitles.

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