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Don't Let the Devil In

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Don't Let the Devil in
Directed byCourtney Fathom Sell
Produced byCourtney Fathom Sell
Marc Slanger
Written byCourtney Fathom Sell
StarringMark Slanger
Jordan Lewis
Mark Baker
Conrad Brooks
Mark Ashby
Anthony J. Anastasio
Bill Guthrie
Andrew Whalen
Music byCourtney Fathom Sell
Dusty Santamaria
Heather Elle
Landon Webb
CinematographyBrian Slanger
Edited byCourtney Fathom Sell
Show Video Productions, Vortex Video
Release date
  • October 2016 (2016-10) ( New York)
  • United States (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Don't Let the Devil in is a 2016 American thriller and psychological horror film written and directed by Courtney Fathom Sell. The film became the official Film in Residency at Facets Distribution for the entire month of November in 2016. It stars Marc Slanger, Jordan Lewis, Mark Baker and Conrad Brooks in his last performance. Sell coined the term Appalachiasploitation referring to the film's style.[1][2][3]


John and Samantha Harris, newlyweds who've just suffered a miscarriage, seek to start their already crumbling marriage somewhere outside of New York City. John, an alcoholic suffering from PTSD, struggles to cope. Their drastic age difference causes more tension. Yet, when he is relocated by his Land Development firm to a small town deep within the Appalachian Mountains in order to oversea the development of a Casino, it seems like the perfect opportunity for the couple. Warned that there may be some anger and resentment from the townsfolk, the Newlyweds proceed into the heart of Appalachia with healthy optimism. It doesn't take long until things begin to feel sinister towards the couple. And soon, a slew of harrowing and terrifying events begin to take place within their new home. Soon, it becomes evident that not only are they not wanted, but they have found themselves wrapped up within a nightmarish tapestry of pure evil that lurks within the underbelly of small town America.[3]


The film was self-financed by director Courtney Fathom Sell and actor/co-producer Marc Slanger. Additional investors were brought on board near completion. Shot on location in Frostburg Maryland, New York City, Marion, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Mattapoisett Massachusetts, principal photography wrapped in late 2016. Mainly known for his DIY independent films, Don't Let the Devil in was Sell's first budgeted feature. The film mixes recognizable elements from popular giallo films as well as numerous exploitation films with Sell stating that he was inspired by films such as Race with the Devil, All the Colors of the Dark, Dellamorte Dellamore and Morbo. The style of the film has been compared to early works of Dario Argento. The film was made with a close knit group of friends and family, as lead actress Jordan Lewis was one of Sell's close friends long before the film began production and Cinematographer Brian Slanger is main actor Marc Slanger's brother. Additionally, Don't Let the Devil in was based on a short film Sell and Slanger made years earlier entitled House on the Edge of Hell which was shot on a Flip Cam for 27 dollars.[2][4][5][6]


In addition to writing and directing, Sell composed the entire soundtrack which has gained comparisons to the early music of John Carpenter. Sell has stated that he was extremely inspired by the music of Goblin and that he completed the entire score during the writing stages of production.[2]


The film saw a limited theatrical release in the late fall of 2016 and continued to screen theatrically until winter of 2016. The film was made the official Film in Residency by Facets Multi-Media during the entire month of November 2016. Don't Let the Devil in saw a nationwide VOD release on October 3, 2017. On September 18, 2017 the film was released on VHS as an exclusive collectors edition.[7][3][8]


  1. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5260314/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Facets Contributor (2016-11-01). "Resident Video 17: Don't Let the Devil In | Facets Features". Facets.org. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sell, Courtney. "Don't Let the Devil in". Dontletthedevilin.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  4. "Don'T Let The Devil In: Film Review - The Horror Entertainment Magazine". Screamhorrormag.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  5. "(re)Search my Trash". Search my Trash. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  6. Posted at 12:05h (2017-10-04). "Don't Let The Devil In (Movie Review)". Cryptic Rock. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  7. ← Back to Catalog Don't Let The Devil In. "Don't Let The Devil In — Weird Life LTR". Weirdlifeltr.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  8. Simmonds, Daniel (2017-10-03). "Horror and Zombie film reviews | Movie reviews | Horror Videogame reviews: Don't Let The Devil In (2016) - Horror Film Review". Therottingzombie.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-24.

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