The devil all the time is the story of killers. Everyone in the movie is a killer. What separate one killer to another is their motive.
We started with Bill skarsgard character (Willard Russell) who killed in the name of Mercy when he killed his comrade in the war because he had been tortured to the point of death would be a sweet relieved for the man, and then he killed his son’s dog in action of desperation and his twisted believe that if he gave something that he loved to God, He would see his sacrifice and cured his wife, he had enough moral compass that he didn’t kill his own son because he also loved him dearly despite anything and won’t trade him even for his wife’s health, he loved both of them equally. But the grief he felt of losing his wife was too great to bear so he killed himself in hope he could be reunited with his wife sooner. (3 counts kills including himself)
Then we have Harry melling (Roy Laferty) character who killed because of his false faith. He actually wasn’t a killer but he has a condition, a severe delusion that he thought he can hear God speak to him, he loved his wife but killed her because he thought he could revive her, because the voice in his head told him so. (One kill)
Then enter the real killer in the picture, Jason Clarke (Carl Henderson) who killed just because he enjoyed killing. He had killed so many people in his life time with the help of his wife and he seem like he can’t stop doing it because he find pleasure in taking people’s lives and see them at their most vulnerable, in tears and terrified. (Count kill unknown but it’s probably over 20 from the pictures we saw later on)
Robert Pattinson as Rev. Preston is also a killer, thought he didn’t pull a trigger or stab people with a knife but his manipulation and his refusal to accept his responsibility and twisted Lenora’s reality and even go as far as calling it delusion had driven the girl to die because of it. (2 counts including the unborn child)
Sheriff Lee Bodecker (Sebastian Stan) killed for power, he killed the people that got on his way to get position, even go as far as trying to kill Arvin because he already knew too much about his sister, afraid he would ruin his perfect future, he knew he can’t let him lives if he wanted his position to be safe. (Killed 2 men)
And then we came to our last killer, Arvin Russel (Tom Holland) killed people as an act of Justice. He believed that he killed for Justice when he killed Rev. Preston because the blood is for the blood, he made his sister take his own life and the only way for him to pay for what he did was death. And then when he killedthe serial killer Carl, though it was an act of self defense but knowing that Carl had been the one who murdered his sister’s dad can be seen as him giving the long overdue justice for Roy’s death, also for the dozen of other that Carl had killed without anyone knowing. Again even when Arvin killed Sheriff Lee Bodecker it can be seen as self defense as well but putting down the corrupt man like Lee before he get to win the election was a kind of putting justice for other people who is not aware of his corruption. If it was different kind of movie, we would say that Arvin is our heroes, he punished those bullies and there are many violence in his actions but it was to protect the helpless and the innocent. (4 people)
I just think that this movie is lit if you just watched it and see it from just the perspective of seeing killers and the reason why they killed.
I especially so impressed with the last scene before Sheriff Lee Bodecker face Arvin, the movie showed us when he killed two person in cold blooded, this way we know the two killers are capable of taking lives if it’s necessary for their survival so we dreaded more for Arvin safety.