The devil is among us, and The Devil All the Time knows a thing or two about devils. The highly anticipated film directed by Antonio Campos released a star-studded official trailer on Thursday. Said film is based on the critically lauded 2011 novel by Donald Ray Pollock of the same name. In addition to Campos directing, he also co-wrote the script with Paulo Campos.
The Devil All the Time focuses on young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the forces of evil that threaten him and his family in Knockemstiff, Ohio. It’s the 1960s and the small southern Ohio town is suffering from the aftereffects of World War II, both psychological and emotional. Russell takes his ire out on the town’s newest preacher Preston Teagardin (Robert Pattinson), whom he believes to be the crux of Knockemstiff’s descent into unholy madness.
Now, the trailer opens with a lovely birthday celebration for Russell. He’s gifted a gun that his father Willard (Bill Skarsgård) used before the war. We see flashbacks of Willard’s dirty deeds amid WWII peppered throughout the trailer. Additionally, we meet Knockemstiff’s own Sheriff Lee Bodecker (Sebastian Stan), a morally bankrupt lawman who believes some people are born to merely die. Carl Henderson (Jason Clarke) is a photographer with a predilection for stalking and he finds his muse in wife Sandy Henderson (Riley Keough). Overall, it’s a town plagued by demons both tangible and intangible. Russell is at the center of it all, and he seeks to eradicate Teagardin.
My humble opinion? If the star-studded cast wasn’t enough to get me hook, line, and sinker; then the plot would surely reel me in. I have yet to read Pollock’s book, but it’s now at the top of my reading list. I love exploring religious themes, especially when it’s intermingled with horror or sci-fi. It’s a fine line between good and evil, after all. I also grew up in a small town in Ohio where religion reigned supreme, so this hits home for me. Literally.
I can’t wait to watch whatever depravity, unholy debauchery, and horrific bedlam Campos has in store for us. Pattinson is also an outstanding talent and I’m curious to see where he takes this role.
You can check out the trailer below. The Devil All the Time stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan, Jason Clarke, Riley Keough, Bill Skarsgård, Mia Wasikowska, Douglas Hodge, Haley Bennett, and Eliza Scanlen. It’s slated to stream September 16th on Netflix.
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