Late Night with the Devil filmmakers respond to AI controversy

david dastmalchian, late night with the devil
Late Night with the Devil team clarify use of AIIFC Films and Shudder

Late Night with the Devil's creators have responded to the AI controversy surrounding the

horror film.

The movie, which was released in UK cinemas on Tuesday (March 19) and will open in US cinemas tomorrow (March 22) follows a fictional talk show from the 70s where a Satanic incident takes place – with Ant-Man's David Dastmalchian starring as the host.

While there has been much anticipation for Late Night with the Devil, some fans have expressed concern and disappointment that AI-generated art was used for some cutaway transitions in the film.

david dastmalchian, late night with the devil
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Now Australian siblings Cameron and Colin Cairnes, who wrote and directed the film, have clarified the extent to which AI was used in production, in a statement to Variety.

They said: "In conjunction with our amazing graphics and production design team, all of whom worked tirelessly to give this film the 70s aesthetic we had always imagined, we experimented with AI for three still images which we edited further and ultimately appear as very brief interstitials in the film.

"We feel incredibly fortunate to have had such a talented and passionate cast, crew and producing team to go above and beyond to help bring this film to life. We can't wait."

ingrid torelli, david dastmalchian, laura gordon, late night with the devil
IFC Films and Shudder

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The film is mainly presented as raw found footage from a fictional broadcast on Halloween 1977, where host Jack Delroy introduces a parapsychologist and her subject – the teen survivor of a Satanic church's mass suicide.

The terrifying teaser trailer for the film contains an unnerving voiceover that says: "On Halloween night 1977, America gathered around for a live TV event that shocked a nation. What happened was real. What you're about to see is the recently discovered master tape of what went to air that night."

Late Night with the Devil premiered at last year's SXSW Film Festival and received rave reviews from critics. It debuted with 100% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and still currently stands at an impressive 99%.

Late Night with the Devil is out now in UK cinemas and will be released in US cinemas on March 22.

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