Cast: Ward Roberts, Jeremiah Birkett, Sarah Lassez, Devin Barry
I have a borderline scary love for demons, but the single question that has always been swashing through my mind is if demons would actually love me back? Demons would love us in a sense that they would do anything to get their hands on our delicate flesh for sinful pleasures, unspeakable tortures and, of course, making us into delicious entrees. The diabolical hell-bounders are a creature bent on havoc and seeking to have a malicious ball of fun on our behalf and not think twice about it. The emotions that demons carry are nil. They have absolutely no feelings what-so-ever, basically pursuing a pure psychopathic path. But what if a demon could feel? Or perhaps could love? Lo explores this with a satirical attitude that ridicules human emotions and entertains the idea that a demon could love a human.
Justin sits in the middle of a detailed pentagram he painted from a demonic book. As he chants the words that are inscribed and precisely follows the rituals, he conjures up the demon Lo. Justin demands he retrieve his girlfriend April who another demon had kidnapped. Lo proceeds, as any demon would, by making light of the situation, pointing out all of Justin’s weaknesses and pointless human follies. When Justin becomes frustrated with the demon, Lo and the kidnapping demon “Jeez” reveal to Justin that his girlfriend isn’t a human after all…but, in fact, a demon. Will Justin feel the same after he learns that “April” has a gruesome past of slaughtering souls for the sheer pleasure of it.
What I like most about writer/director Travis Betz’s Lo is its minimalistic value. The whole film takes place in one setting and the film still comes out a winner. Justin and Lo’s casual conversations on love and life are playfully dark – just like the attributes of a demon. The focus on the story draws your attention away from any hopes of seeing gore or sex. The unique tale will keep your attention to where it won’t drag nor will it bore you with incompetent dialogue or performance. Ward Roberts performance as the love struck “Justin” does an amazing job as he is tormented by the demon and by his own self. Roberts’ delivered line, “I’m having a conversation with my brain through my hand” has to be my favorite line of the entire film and if you get a chance to see the movie, you’ll understand why. Jeremiah Birkett plays as the demon “Lo” and he gave a shivering and “balls-out” funny performance. The make-up artistry and the effects on him were up to mainstream heights as well.
As I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for twist endings. Lo definitely caught me on my blind side and struck me hard with a twist ending I didn’t see coming. While there might be a strong comical element to the film, there is a heartfelt message behind it. The message can knock down any individual who has a strong heart. I would go as far as to say that the theme nearly comes off as chick flick, but I wouldn’t necessarily want to defame the film either by committing to such a statement. Lo is twisted and darkly entertaining. It should make Betz really stand out as a innovated indie film writer and director and if this film doesn’t receive notice, I’ll will be disappointed. I’m anxious to catch his next film The Dead Inside – a horror musical about schizophrenia.