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The twisted horror of the American South - BBC News

The twisted horror of the American South - BBC News
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With its depraved sex and violence, Netflix’s film The Devil All the Time is the latest take on the Southern Gothic. It’s a genre that is suited to our era, writes Christina Newland.

“Some people were born just so they could be buried,” says a small-town sheriff talking to a young boy in his patrol car. The plain-talking, cornfed folks of Knockemstiff, Ohio circa 1957 are prone to occasional bouts of backwoods philosophising, but are unable to break the cycles of violence and poverty that surround them. This is the grimy world of The Devil All the Time, the fourth feature film from director Antonio Campos, whose hard-as-nails, gun-toting characters come originally from the provocative Southern Gothic novel by Donald Ray Pollock.
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