Episode 14: Leigh Monson Becomes ‘Satan’s Little Helper’

April 29th, 2020 | By Matthew Monagle

For decades now, Hollywood has grappled with the role that violent video games play in popular culture. From desensitizing audiences to real-life violence, to straight-up suggesting that video games inspire teenagers to kill, Hollywood’s legacy of video game dramas might charitably be described as mixed at best.

And then there’s Satan’s Little Helper.

Written and directed by cult icon Jeff Lieberman (Squirm), Satan’s Little Helper is a gonzo blend of ’70s slashers and ’90s after-school specials, showing what happens when one young boy becomes obsessed with helping Satan rain destruction upon his sleepy Northeastern community. Often funny and always ridiculous, it’s one of those movies that has to be seen to be believed.

In this episode of Certified Forgotten, The Matts are joined by film critic Leigh Monson to discuss those cult classics that horror fans can never really shake. They also discuss the thin line between horror and humor, and why Satan’s Little Helper is a movie in a league of its own.

Satan’s Little Helper is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and Tubi. You can also rent it on Google Play, Vudu, and other streaming platforms.

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Matthew Monagle

Matthew is an Austin-based film critic. You can find his work as sites like Film School Rejects, The Playlist, SlashFilm, and the Austin Chronicle. He is also a member of the Austin Film Critics Association. Matt spends most of his free time doting on his dog and losing games of Slay the Spire.

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