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The Devil's Business review

A pint-sized, Pinter-ish chamber piece that could be a companion to Kill List

The second Brit horror of recent times to pit gruff gunmen against nebulous dark forces, writer/director Sean Hogan’s sober effort could be a companion to the more mercurial Kill List .

A pint-sized, Pinter-ish chamber piece, it follows two hitmen, the inexperienced Cully (excellent up-and-comer Jack Gordon) and the world-weary Pinner (Billy Clarke), on a job that gradually spirals out of their control.

Though it doesn’t quite last the distance, even at a slender 69 minutes there’s a spooky stillness to it that make the production shortcomings seem more like stylistic choices.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.