A novel horror gimmick is given the unfortunate Shyamalan dramatic treatment in Devil
, a somewhat solid B-picture that’s hobbled by its creator’s love for twist endings and needless emotional baggage. Though he only gets a story credit, M. Night’s fingerprints are all over this dramatic thriller disguised as a horror film. Indeed, there are no Clive Barker-style elevator rides to hell to be found here. One of the characters does inevitably embody the Dark Lord, but aside from the black contact lenses and a few horrible deaths that go unseen, much of it simply boils down to an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. All of this would be fine if the picture weren’t also...