Devil All the Time, The: Preview–Antonio Campos Adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s Award-Winning Novel

In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.

Spanning the time between World War II and the Vietnam war, director Antonio Campos’ The Devil All the Time renders a seductive and horrific landscape that pits the just against the corrupted.

Co-starring Bill Skarsgård, Mia Wasikowska, Harry Melling, Haley Bennett, and Pokey LaFarge, this suspenseful tale is adapted from Donald Ray Pollock’s award-winning novel.

Antonio Campos:

Storytelling is an act of creation. In The Devil All the Time, I wanted to use a narrator to tell the story and build a world in which we gave a voice to the “Creator.” In this case, that was Donald Ray Pollock himself. He knew this place inside and out (Knockemstiff, Ohio is a real place where Don was born and raised), and he’d be able to tell this story with ease and a light touch to accompany all the madness while also being invested in everyone’s fate.

I don’t want to say too much about the story before you watch it. I want the audience to just go along for the ride and have the same surprising experience I had when I first read the book. Rest assured, though, things just have a way of sorting themselves out in Knockemstiff, and even if you don’t get a happy ending, there’s still the potential for a better beginning.


Director: Antonio Campos

Writer: Antonio Campos, Paulo Campos

Based on the Novel by Donald Ray Pollock

Producers: Randall Poster, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Max Born

Cast: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan,

Haley Bennett, Harry Melling, Eliza Scanlen, Pokey LaFarge with Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson