Nick Schager Reviews Playback

Playback

Writer-director Michael A. Nickles may momentarily shout out to Peeping Tom via a shot of its DVD, but Playback is merely a voyeurism-tinged horror film of dismal direct-to-video quality. Working from the ludicrous notion that Louis Le Prince—the real-life grandfather of cinema, having produced the world’s first motion picture with a single-lens camera—was actually the Devil (because, get this, Louis = Lucifer, and Le Prince = Prince of Darkness), Nickles’s story imagines Le Prince’s seminal Roundhay Garden Scene as a vehicle for Prince to pass down his demonic spirit to successive male ancestors.

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