I TRAPPED THE DEVIL
Written and directed by Josh Lobo
The title tells you everything you need to know, but to unravel the presupposition, writer/director Josh Lobo first takes an estranged brother, Matt, egged on by his well-meaning wife, Karen. They turn up, unannounced, at Steve’s home to celebrate the holidays together. Rather than be pleased to see his brother and sister-in-law, Steve point blank tells them they can’t stay. Matt refuses to leave and over dinner you discover this is more a mercy mission to bring Steve out of himself from what appears to be a horrendous incident in his recent past. Eventually, Steve lays his cards on the table and involves Matt and Karen in his absurd dilemma – he believes the person locked away in his basement is the devil. So begins a battle of wills for the truth of the situation and Steve’s loosening grip on reality.