Late Night with the Devil (2024)

Late Night with the Devil (2024)

Demons, and AI, are unleashed in this creepy pseudo-documentary of a strange late night incident

7.5

Movie

Australia, United Arab Emirates
English
Horror
2024
CAMERON CAIRNES, COLIN CAIRNES
Adam Batt, Christopher Kirby, Clare Chihambakwe
93 min

TLDR

Maybe the real demon is AI generated images…

What it's about

As the host of the Night Owls, Jack Delroy aims to be king of late-night talk shows, but he can’t seem to overtake the ever popular Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After the death of his beloved wife, Jack holds a Halloween special to bring back ratings– unaware of the evil he is about to unleash into America's living rooms.

The take

After you get back home, and you tuck your kids to bed, we search for some easy entertainment in the late-night talk show. Quips about today’s news and intimate conversations with guests are just the thing to wind down, but theoretically, anything can happen at late night. Late Night with the Devil plays as a pseudo-documentary centered on late show host Jack Delroy on a Halloween night, pairing the charged, uncensored atmosphere with a supernatural twist. The film alternates between the color-toned show and black-and-white behind the scenes, and as Delroy tries to lead the show to safe entertainment, with David Dastmalchian’s genial aura, things don’t go as planned as Lily becomes host to a scary demon with Ingrid Torelli’s terrifying physicality. It’s creepy and slightly comedic, with the classic selling of the soul for fame interrupted with words from their sponsors, and it’s certainly a fun twist to the late night we’re used to seeing.

What stands out

A few AI-generated stills previewed in Late Night with the Devil overshadowed the conversation of the film online. Maybe, instead of a demon unleashed on our screens, perhaps we’ll remember this as the moment AI was unleashed in the theater.

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