Canadian Premiere
Selection 2023

Late Night With the Devil

Directed by Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes



Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes


Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes


David Dastmalchian, Laura Gordon, Ingrid Torelli, Ian Bliss, Rhys Auteri


Cinetic Media

USA 2023 100 mins OV English

“Pleasingly ingenious... found-footage horror — that thing you never want to see again, until once every couple years someone finds a fresh angle — meets THE KING OF COMEDY”
- Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

“A devilishly good slice of 70s occult insanity, boiled down into 90 razor-sharp minutes of renegade retro realism... super fun and surprisingly gory”

“The ingenuity, the painstaking period recreation, a riveting performance by Dastmalchian, and a showstopper of a finale make for one Halloween event you won’t want to miss”

It’s Halloween evening in 1977 and late-night talk show icon Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian, THE SUICIDE SQUAD) has a live broadcast planned that’s going to be unlike anything anyone’s ever experienced. He downright needs it to be, as he faces declining viewership. And tonight, Delroy’s going to deliver. On levels his worst nightmares can’t imagine. Among this evening’s guests will be parapsychologist and author Dr. June Ross-Mitchell (Laura Gordon, UNDERTOW), currently on the circuit promoting her new book, Conversations with the Devil. With her will be young teen Lilly (Ingrid Torelli), the sole survivor of a Satanic church’s mass suicide, and the subject of said book, its title stemming from the fact that she claims to be demonically marked — and intermittently possessed. The studio audience fills the room as a multi-camera setup prepares to bring the event into living rooms across the country…

Coming at you like an anxiety-wracked bat out of mass-media hell, LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL is an innovative horror treat with heaps of wicked tricks. It’s the third feature from Australian filmmakers Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 BLOODY ACRES) and their first to be set in the USA — taking place during the peak of ’70s Satanic Panic lunacy. Popping with clever direction, gruesome FX, a period-accurate array of oddball characters and all manner of savvy details related to the ’70s live-broadcast world, the film lands with a brilliantly unsettling tone that exists in the shadows between satire and nightmare. Dastmalchian has never been better, flanked by a charismatic supporting cast that positively nail it. Perhaps the film’s most exciting trick of all? It manages to make found-footage horror fresh again, taking the concept into uniquely suited territory that has the audience every bit as floored by what they’re seeing as the film’s studio participants, creating a diabolically exhilarating funhouse mirror of tension, laughs and screams. – Mitch Davis