Attention all horror aficionados: come and get creepy, scary, sinister stuff. Your bloodlust will be sated with gobs of gore and violence.
Now…let’s talk about sex, baby.
“Here Comes the Devil” is a horror movie about sex,” said Spanish writer and director Adrián García Bogliano. “I want the audience to get the message that if you repress sexual feelings, bad things will happen to you.”
There does seem to be a contradictory message, however: If you indulge your taboo sexual fantasies, bad things will happen to you, too. Whatever. Bad things are supposed to happen in horror movies.
“Here Comes the Devil” opens with two lush-bodied females making love. Sandra (Jessica Iris) and Abril (Dana Dorel) reach their happy moment then lay back down on the bed for pillow talk. Abril, who nabbed the biggest O, looks upset. She confesses to Sandra how guilty she feels, that what they did was wrong. Sandra consoles her while tenderly brushing the wisps of Abril’s hair away from her face. Sandra reassures Abril about being intimate.
Then, a pounding knock at the door. You’re thinking, ‘Don’t open that door.’ But, of course, they always do in horror movies, right? Abril runs off to hide, embarrassed about having lesbian sex and the intruder (Juan Carlos Arreguin) turns Sandra into a bloody mess of pulp. Don’t worry, no spoiler alert. This is the opener with parts of it in the trailer. It was predictable, anyway.
After the madman has done his deed, he gets up, stumbles out, and runs up a hill toward a cave, while ripping his clothes off for no apparent reason. Something drops from a pocket. The camera zooms in. It’s a collection of cutoff fingertips.
The opener is exciting and apropos gory for a scary movie. What’s confusing is when the movie takes a screeching turn. You won’t be seeing any more of Mr. Serial Killer (unless you catch the quick flash of his face at the end) nor the lesbians. Buh bye.
During their exclusive interview yesterday, Examiner Dorri Olds asked Bogliano, what his thinking was about the opener and its connection to the rest of the horror movie.
Dorri Olds: Why was the serial killer naked in the opening scene?
Adrián García Bogliano: He was a metaphor to say that with sexual repression you create monsters. The guilt Abril felt for having sex with Sandra created a punishing self-fulfilling prophecy.
Was there a special reason for the fingertips, or was that just to show he was a serial killer?
The fingertips have two meanings: first, fingers are an important aspect of sexual relationships; the other is the feeling of the supernatural.
Can you explain?
Fingers are about feeling energy. The serial killer was possessed by a demon because he is really a manifestation of the guilt Abril had after sex. Two frames appear at the end of the movie very quickly. We see the image of the killer then we see the girl’s face (note: I missed that).
What is the first scene’s connection to the rest of the movie?
The opener is a simple horror story but the main story is about covering things up, whatever it is you don’t want to show. People hide things, sexual things. When you meet the central characters Sol (Laura Caro) and her husband Felix (Francisco Barreiro) with their preteen children Sara (Michele Garcia) and Adolfo (Alan Martinez) you immediately see there is tension. Then the kids go off to play and the husband and wife are in the car. He convinces her to have sexual relations. She doesn’t want to, she feels exposed. That is with the theme of sex and how people put taboos on so many things. The husband begins to talk dirty to her and that entices her.
Ah ha, there is the connection to the fingers.
Right. And he is talking dirty to her and imagining her as a young girl, at the same age as his daughter. Another taboo. Later, Sol knows something is not right with the children but doesn’t want to tell Felix. They stare at each other too intently and hold hands so tightly she becomes concerned. When a psychologist who had examined the sibs recommends separating them, Sol has to face what she doesn’t want to know.
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Let’s leave things there before anything important is given away. The suspense and mystery is the fun. “Here Comes the Devil” is not anywhere near the heights of horror like “Silence of the Lambs” or the “Exorcist,” but for horror fans, you’ll get your fix.
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Avid horror fans should add a star to the review. “Here Comes the Devil” opens in New York City on December 13, 2013 in limited theater release and available on iTunes and On Demand. Subtitles. Violence. Not rated. 98 minutes.