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Satan's Little Helper is a 2004 independent horror movie (with some black comedy elements) written and directed by Jeff Lieberman.

It's Halloween, and Dougie is eager to see his older sister return from college so they can go trick or treating. How ever, she's brought her new boyfriend Alex along. Upset with this, Dougie goes off to find Satan for help, since his parents have bought him a game called "Satan's Little Helper", believing that his evil master will aid him. He seems to have gotten his wish, since he runs into a serial killer in a demonic mask.

  • Abusive Parents: Alex's dad is physically and emotionally abusive.
  • Ambiguously Human: Even by serial killer standards, Satan Man is off. He never speaks, his face is never seen, he somehow manages to kill an entire police station full of officers off-screen, and at one point, he shoots his own hand, without showing the slightest bit of discomfort.
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  • Ax-Crazy: Satan Man. No reason is given for what he does, except maybe just because he can.
  • Attempted Rape: After letting "Alex" fondle her, Jenna decides she's having too much fun and asks to stop. However, "Alex" isn't finished and choke holds, not finished with her thinking it's her boyfriend. Before he can do anything else, Dougie comes in and he's forced to let her go an act as if it was a joke. Thinking he's overdoing it, she plays along and seductively tells him to "keep it in his britches for now".
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Satan Man successful kills all the cops in the town, evades justice and sets everything on caos. Oh and he also tricks and kills Dougie, Jenna and their mother in the end.
  • Big Bad: The Satan Man, the Serial Killer terrorizing the town.
  • Broken Pedestal: Dougie loses interest in being a good helper when "Satan" kills his dad For the Evulz.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The fact that Jenna bites her nails is referenced several times early in the movie. This fact almost kills her mother when her face is covered in tape and Jenna's bit-down nails aren't enough to take it off.
    • The Jesus costume that "Satan" later changes into is first seen at the costume shop when Alex and Dougie go there early in the movie.
  • Cool Big Sis: Jenna to Dougie, unaware that he has some slightly incestuous interest in her.
  • Downer Ending: The entire island is overrun with criminals thanks to the police being murdered, Dougie and Jenna's father is dead, she and their mother accidentally murder her boyfriend when he is put in the killer's costume. Oh and the cop that Dougie brings into their house... it's the killer in another disguise.
  • Evil Is Cool: In-Universe, Dougie is obsessed with Satan, and is overjoyed when he meets a man who he believes to be him.
  • Fanservice Extra: Alex's dad's girlfriend only appears briefly before getting killed by "Satan," but when we first see her she's in the shower, with her breasts and butt in full view.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When around Dougie or his family, "Satan Man" acts fun, charming and friendly. When with Jenna, he acts romantic, if somewhat still perverted, when she believes it's Alex in the mask. When they see his true colors, he drops all the friendliness.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Well, "heel" is subjective in this case, but after Satan Man kills Dougie's father, Dougie takes off his Satan mask and stomps on it, then prays to God for help. Too bad the killer has abandoned his Satan costume for a Jesus costume and tricks Dougie with it.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Because Jenna thinks he's Alex in disguise, Satan Man decides to take advantage and gets intimate with her. She plays along and enjoys it, until later learning it wasn't Alex who groped her.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Whenever Satan Man kills somebody in front of him, Dougie dismisses it as being fake, but still acknowledges how real it looks. And Satan Man decides to just roll with that.
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  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Satan Man throws Alex's abusive father through the glass frame of his front door, killing him.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Satan Man. He wears a devil mask and he's a perverted and sadistic murderer who kills people for fun.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jenna is an attractive young blonde who spends the majority of the movie in a revealing "renaissance wench" costume. This is apparently true in-universe as well, seeing as how her own brother seems to have a weird incestuous crush on her and says that he's going to marry her.
  • Murder Simulators: Dougie's behavior all starts for a video game sharing its title with the movie, which made him idolize Satan.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jenna when she realizes the man in outfit, who she left in charge of her brother and let grope her, isn't Alex.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Jenna attempts a "medieval" accent for her costume. It slides back and forth between an exaggerated British accent and an American southern one.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: When Jenna asks Dougie and Satan Man to go to the store and buy candy, she does it in an old time, medieval way of speaking. Normally acting perverted, Ax-Crazy and mysterious, Satan Man acts the same as Dougie, shrugging in confusion.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Satan"+"Santa's Little Helper"
  • Red Herring: Early during the movie, news reports about one of Jenna's old classmates, Billy, was wanted for arson. One would think he is the killer in the mask. However, his identity is never revealed.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Satan Man does not comprehend subtlety. He kills a cat, then uses its blood to paint the word "BOO" on the front porch. A family is impressed and asks to take his picture. Later, he steals a bunch of candy and knives, then proceeds to stab the clerk who tried to confront him, throw his body in the dumpster, hit a pregnant woman, a baby, and a blind man with a shopping cart in the parking lot, then hangs an old woman on her front porch. Later in the movie, it's shown the he carved a smiley face on Nicole's breasts and stomach, using her nipples as the eyes. At the end, having assumed the identity of a cop and Dougie giving him permission to come into the house, he spray paints an extra "6" on the house number, which was 66.
  • Sadist: The Satan Man, a man in a costume who shows up and starts killing people, including a baby and an old woman, with no rhyme or reason behind it beyond a love of chaos.
  • Shopping Cart Antics: The main character gets the Serial Killer he is obliviously helping out to push him around in a shopping cart, and run random people down.
  • Silent Antagonist: Satan Man never speaks.
  • Silent Snarker: On occasion, Satan Man displays a sarcastic sense of humor, like miming sleepiness when the old lady is taking too long to come to her door and spray painting an extra "6" on Dougie's home address.
  • Sinister Scythe: When he's hiding in the basement with Dougie, Satan Man briefly brandishes a sickle. He never uses it.
  • Slasher Smile: Satan Man's mask has one of these. Whoever lies beneath it this probably reflects his true deranged personality.
  • The Spook: We know absolutely nothing about "Satan." We never see his face, hear him speak, or learn anything about his motives. For all we know, he really could be Satan.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: The killer does this several times throughout the movie. Whenever people he interacts with think he's somebody else, he just runs with it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dougie. Somewhat justified by his age, but his naïveté most likely ended up getting his whole family killed.
  • Uncertain Doom: We don't learn what exactly happens to Dougie, Jenna or their mother, as the film cuts to black once Satan Man enter their home once more.
  • The Unreveal: We don't see the Satan Man's face or learn his real name. From his cop disguise at the end, he can see he is Caucasian and brunette. For all we know, he very well might be Satan himself.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Dougie, again. While Satan Man has no qualms with killing anyone for his own amusement, he takes Dougie's request to "rip [his father's] guts out" literally, and very likely kills him and his entire family at the end when he invites himdisguised as a copinto their house.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Alex somehow thinks Satan Man might be his father in a costume (as there's an implication he might have seen him inside his father's house), because he nods positively after being asked "Dad?". And he really thinks it even after taking Alex's pistol and does, well, in the man's own words:
    He could've killed me when he had the chance. Instead he took the gun, and he shot his own hand and then handed it back to me just to humiliate me, to show me he can keep on doing it forever.
  • The Voiceless: "Satan Man" never speaks. He implies that he can, but just doesn't. When he's with Jenna it's justified, since they were getting intimate with each other and hearing him speak a different voice would have ruined the moment.