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Satan's Playground
Writer/director Dante Tomaselli's horror picture Satan's Playground (2005) -- the filmmaker's third feature outing -- subverts horror expectations and genre clichés by deliberately suspending point-by-point logical threads, carefully steering around gore, and enlisting an acting ensemble not of teenagers, but of actors who are predominantly well into middle age. The picture involves the Bruno family -- siblings Donna (Felissa Rose) and Paula (Ellen Sandweiss), Donna's hubby, Frank (Salvatore Paul Piro), and autistic son, Sean (Danny Lopes), and newly single Paula's baby,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] richly atmospheric exercise in surreal horror."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"It's aim is off, and its intentions are skewed. It's the result of a horror fan taking himself - and his film - way too seriously."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"... a dream world in which we are constantly pulled back just as we think we are at the brink of reaching reality."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"A storybook fairy tale on acid."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"An ambitious and surprisingly disturbing tale that's heavier on the thematic ideas than on the gore (which is admirably restrained)."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"At the end of the day, Satan's Playground let me down, a fact that I attribute primarily to the bad acting, nonsensical storyline, and lack of an appearance by the monster."
‑ Johnny Butane, Dread Central
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