Sheitan (Satan)
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Four friends looking for a good time are lured into a strange and dangerous netherworld in this wildly offbeat horror film from France. It's Christmas Eve, and twentysomethings Bart (Olivier Barthelemy), Ladj (Ladj Ly), Thai (Nico Le Phat Tan), and Yasmine (Leila Bekhti) are bored and looking for fun. They end up at a rowdy dance club where, after Bart gets into a fight, they meet Eve (Roxane Mesquida), a sexy girl who seems to take a liking to the three guys. Eve invites the foursome to come back to her place in the country; the guys are more than game, and Yasmine tags along for the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"t's pronounced 'Shite-an', as in 'Shite an' then some'."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"At the end, you feel they should have thrown out Rosemary's baby with the bath water."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Despite the air of brutish aggression and sexual predatoriness, little happens until gory retribution finally rears its head."
‑ Nick Curtis, This is London
"As a grotesque parody of the hillbilly-terror genre, it has a real wit and energy."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Vincent Cassel is the overpowering presence here; his perma-grinning, unkempt Joseph is brilliantly unsettling."
‑ David Mattin,
"Kids-in-the-country vibe mixes teen horror with Deliverance"
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"An eyecatching calling card for its first-time director."
‑ Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
"Totally bonkers - but all the more gripping for it."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"A contrived and very self-conscious genre piece of hardcore black-comedy horror in a 1970s vein."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Despite some pretentious touches - a night-spot named Club Styxx, a guard dog called Cerberus - Satan doesn't take itself too seriously."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Manages a playful sensibility, reveling in its repugnance and enjoying the heck out of its twisted ending."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If only Cassel had saved his performance for a collaboration with the League of Gentlemen."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"The film, shot in a demented, headlong style, seems to have no idea of its direction other than the shelf marked "cult"."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Has plenty of atmosphere but can't make up for unpleasant characters and a meandering story."
‑ Saxon Bullock, Film4
"Entertaining and genuinely creepy at times this boasts strong performances from its French cast."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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