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Late Night With The Devil's Box Office & Streaming Success Makes Up For $45 Million Bomb From Last Year

Summary

  • Late Night With The Devil revitalizes David Dastmalchian’s career after the box office disappointment of his previous horror film.
  • The film’s immersive atmosphere and unique take on found footage create a memorable horror experience for viewers.
  • With positive reviews and record-breaking success, Late Night With the Devil proves that low budget and lesser-known actors can lead to unexpected triumphs in the film industry.



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Late Night With The Devil has not only broken some major streaming records but has also made up for the failure of a $45 million box office bomb. Directed by Colin and Cameron Cairnes, Late Night With The Devil is a unique found footage film that primarily focuses on the eerie events of a late-night talk show episode airing on the night of Halloween 1977. While the film presents a fairly linear narrative, its ability to gradually raise the tension and create an immersive atmosphere for audiences is what makes it a memorable horror movie.


In its 93-minute runtime, Late Night With The Devil never leaves a dull moment and keeps viewers at the edge of their seats with its multilayered narrative. Like most found footage films, Late Night With The Devil almost tries to sell itself as a real urban legend and even succeeds to some degree before its credits start rolling. Its unique take on the found footage subgenre has allowed it to achieve some incredible feats, one of which involves bringing David Dastmalchian’s career back on track after a recent failure.

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David Dastmalchian’s Previous Horror Movie, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, Bombed At The Box Office

Late Night With The Devil Makes Up For The Last Voyage Of The Demeter’s Losses


Before Late Night With the Devil, David Dastmalchian starred in another horror movie titled The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Unfortunately, despite having a talented director like André Øvredal (of The Autopsy of Jane Doe fame) at its helm, the film received mixed reactions from critics and underperformed at the box office. Against a budget of $45 million, The Last Voyage of the Demeter only grossed $21.7 million worldwide. Fortunately for David Dastmalchian, Late Night With the Devil‘s box office and streaming success make up for the setbacks that came with The Last Voyage of the Demeter.


While the exact figures of Late Night With the Devil‘s budget are unknown, it was reportedly filmed on a tight schedule to cut costs, and only $150,000 was spent on its VFX. The film went on to earn around $11 million at the global box office and became an even bigger hit after it landed on streaming platforms. It became so viral after its streaming release that it even found its place among the most-watched movies on both Shudder and AMC+.

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Why Late Night At The Devil Has Been So Successful

Its Positive Reviews Generated A Lot Of Buzz


With so many records and achievements under its name, it would be fair to say that Late Night With the Devil has effectively revitalized David Dastmalchian’s career after the hiccups he experienced with The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Although many factors have contributed to Late Night With the Devil‘s success, the film’s low budget and relatively obscure cast have played a crucial role in its unexpected triumph. While its low production costs helped it minimize risk, its lesser-known actors allowed it to sell itself as a grounded and seemingly realistic found-footage horror film.

Late Night With the Devil has been receiving rave reviews from critics since its early release, which evoked viewers’ curiosity and encouraged them to watch it. The King of Horror, Stephen King, generated even more hype surrounding it by calling it “absolutely brilliant.” His stamp of approval further confirmed that Late With the Devil is worth watching, signaling even more viewers to check it out. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%, which ranks it among the highest rated films of the year, Late Night With the Devil‘s popularity continues to grow from strength to strength, urging more viewers to stream it.


Late Night With the Devil
is the first IFC film to gross $11 million at the box office.

Late Night With The Devil Makes Dastmalchian’s Recent Horror Trend (& Future) Much Better

Dastmalchian’s Future As A Horror Star Has Become Even More Exciting

In recent years, David Dastmalchian has starred in quite a few horror movies and shows. Apart from Late Night With the Devil and The Last Voyage of Demter, he played roles in Rob Savage’s movie The Boogeyman and a podcast series called The Antiquarium of Sinister Happenings. He is also one of the cast members in Mike Flanagan’s upcoming Stephen King adaptation, The Life of Chuck, and also a part of an upcoming supernatural horror film titled Rosario. After his success with Late Night With the Devil, it is hard not to be excited about the future movies and shows that will continue his horror trend.


Late Night with the Devil Movie Poster Featuring David Dastmalchian as Jack Delroy Standing in Fire

Late Night With the Devil

Late Night with the Devil is a horror thriller starring David Dastmalchian as Jack Delroy. Delroy is a late-night talk show host in 1977 trying to keep his broadcast on the air. But when he tries to communicate with the devil through a young girl live on the air, things don’t go according to plan.

Director
Cameron Cairnes , Colin Cairnes

Release Date
March 22, 2024

Studio(s)
Image Nation Abu Dhabi , VicScreen , AGC Studios , Good Fiend Films , Future Pictures , Spooky Pictures

Distributor(s)
Umbrella Entertainment , Maslow Entertainment

Writers
Colin Cairnes , Cameron Cairnes

Cast
David Dastmalchian , Laura Gordon , Ian Bliss , Fayssal Bazzi , Ingrid Torelli , Rhys Auteri , Josh Quong Tart , Georgina Haig

Runtime
86 Minutes

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