There aren’t too many movies out there that can captivate the audience in fragments of stillness quite like Here Comes The Devil. The new horror film from spanish director Adrián García Bogliano is a compelling supernatural infused spectacle that’s rewarding in both it’s cinematography and storyline. The story follows the family of Felix (Francisco Barreiro), his wife Sol (Laura Caro) and their two kids Adolfo and Sara. They are taking a family trip around the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico when the kids become lost. Only to return the next day but immediately it is obvious the kids aren't the same as before.
I enjoyed almost every aspect of this film. The reason I tiled the review provocative is because there are many scenes in Devil that showcase sexually explicit content that in a sense provides a backdrop for this haunting film. Outside of the intense story filled with unsuspecting twists and turns the highlight of Here Comes The Devil is it’s amazing cinematography that creates a fine line between direct shooting and art house. If you were able to see the trailer and pictures that were released for Here Comes The Devil then should understand the images I am referring too.
The actors in the film all do a great job of drawing you into each character including the kids who once return to their parents almost become mute. Its nice to see a supernatural possession film with so many layers that upon conclusion has you begging for more. This is a spanish film so that may draw many away due to subtitles. If you pass up on a chance of seeing Here Comes The Devil then you will miss what is truly one of the more spectacular horror films of the year. I was overtaken at the direction the film takes involving the two parents as their lives become a rollercoaster of angst and emotion up to the very last scene. Their responses to their kids are very rewarding as you get a sense of what every parent must go through with a disappearance of a child. To be happy and thankful for their return is essential in the development of the film as it takes them away from the odd behavior of the returned children.
Most possession films are clouded with ideas of small girls being locked in cages or tied to chairs before an exorcism. Here Comes The Devil disbands that notion and takes a hard gritty look at possesion of the highest form. The name of the film itself should clue you into the depths of what is reached in the spiritual matter of Here Comes The Devil. A pleasant surprise involves the parents who become revenge enthusiast with a hunger for carnage unlike I have seen in any film. Think of the parents in Wes Craven’s classic Last House on The Left to get a smidget of the relentless that parents displayed in their crowning moment. So often do we forget what we are capable of as humans. We can become the monsters of which we are so fond of on screen. In Her Comes The Devil this thought is mixed in with an array of supernatural imagery and that makes this film so profound.
If you plan on seeing anymore horror films before the end of 2013 make sure to add this must see film to you list. Here Comes The Devil will undoubtedly be on my must see / must have list of 2013 and after you see it I think you will agree. Here Comes The Devil is truly a horror filled treat that should be witnessed by all!
Here Comes The Devil will be available on itunes, on demand and in select theaters on December 13th, 2013. It is directed by Adrián García Bogliano and stars Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro, and Alan Martinez. It is being distributed courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
For More information on Here Comes The Devil visit their official website: http://magnetreleasing.com/herecomesthedevil/