COVID-19 might make it impossible to see new movies in the theater for the foreseeable future, but Netflix is here to save the day with its Sept. 16 release of The Devil All the Time, which is based on a novel of the same name. In the book, the characters’ lives all intersect while the story jumps from one narrative to another, spanning across several decades of family drama and loss.
It’s sort of like a coming-of-age book, and if you want to know how it ends before the Netflix movie premieres, you’ve come to the right place. The movie stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgård, and Riley Keough. It’s basically a who’s who of current Hollywood talent.
Warning: spoilers ahead for The Devil All the Time.
The 'Devil All the Time' book follows multiple intersecting stories.
Judging by the details released about the Netflix version of The Devil All the Time, it will follow a similar format as the book. In the book, there are multiple stories from characters who end up having connections to one another, both good and bad. But, for the most part, things take a dire turn at every opportunity. And while the book starts off with the central character, Arvin (played by Holland in the movie), his story takes several tragic turns.
Arvin goes down a dark path in the 'Devil All the Time' book.
Despite not being part of the serial killer duo in the book version of The Devil All the Time, Arvin goes down a dark path that just gets worse as the book goes on. He grows up as the son of a devoted Christian man (Skarsgård) whose faith borders on obsession.
So, when Arvin’s best childhood friend, Lenora, is seduced and gets pregnant by a preacher (Pattinson), Arvin shoots and kills him. It’s the first of a handful of killings Arvin does, though each time he is motivated by something noble.
Carl and Sandy murder Roy near the end of the story.
As the resident murderers of the novel, Carl and Sandy murder Pastor Roy toward the end. And as the traveling preacher who killed Lenora’s mother before the events of the novel, he sort of has it coming. It’s really just another murder on top of many that Carl and Sandy commit before they are finally brought to justice.
But Arvin ends up killing them and the sheriff.
Arvin is nothing compared to Carl and Sandy, who are ruthless serial killers in the book. Because Sandy’s brother is a sheriff, they get away with their terrible deeds, but when they cross Arvin toward the end of the book when he returns home after fleeing town and they try to kill him, he shoots them both.
At this point in the book, it's not exactly uncharacteristic for him and, when the sheriff attempts to shoot him, Arvin kills him too. Somehow, it’s a cathartic experience and, at the end, Arvin leaves town again, this time for good it seems.
The book itself is full of ups and downs, but if we’re being honest here, it’s mostly downs. Hopefully, the Netflix movie version manages to breathe a little more hope into the overall story.
Watch The Devil All the Time on Sept. 16 on Netflix.