MAXIM XUL promises a duel with "soulless evil," but what transpires is substandard cops-and-monsters stuff.
A series of violent, unmotivated slayings have the police baffled, none more so than Detective Joe Kavanagh (Jefferson Leinberger). Phyllis Rabishon (Billie Schaeffer), an aggressive and amoral criminal defense attorney, hits on Kavanagh early in the film. Her extensive collection of antiquities,
her offer to buy Kavanagh's soul, the fact that her last name derives from an ancient Middle Eastern term for demon--these nail down her guilt for the viewer, wiping out most of the suspense. Onscreen it takes the sleuthing of nosy reporters to connect Rabishon w...