It's nice to know that someone remembers that part of a good horror film is creeping someone the heck out, but that's just one of the lessons learned in the horror driven Adrian Garcia Bogliano's "Here Comes the Devil."
Seemingly having learned nothing from Jack and Jill, parents Felix (Francisco Barreiro) and Sol (Laura Caro) let their kids go hand in hand up a hill, a very scary looking hill complete with jagged rocks and a cave that practically screams "Don't worry about what to get your parents for Christmas, because you'll never see them again." While the kids are exploring dark places, Felix is trying to explore his wife's pants again, because rekindling romance should always take place in a Honda Civic.
The kids disappear, but return the next day even more solemn than before. When they're not looking down, they're staring at each other the way you stare at the last donut at work. Sara (Michele Garcia) and Adolfo (Alan Martinez) are cute enough, but must've loved how they had to learn all of six lines for the entire movie.
When there's possible evidence of a sex crime, Felix and Sol take the law (and a kitchen knife) into their hands, but it's not long before they find out that a lot of freaky things went on at the top of that hill and there are some things you can't easily kill with a knife.
If drive-ins still existed (ok, I know there are still some out there), this would be the type of film that would be part of a great double feature. What Bogliano (who also wrote it) lacks in budget, he makes up for in psychological threads that consistently draw you in. Instead of CGI, he opts to make this retro-erotic feature tinged with sexuality from the opening credits. Demonic possession and a constant warning about haunted hillsides are just bubbling icing on a very scary cake.
"Here Comes the Devil" MPAA: Rated R. Running Time: 98 mins. In limited distribution. Also available on VOD and Itunes.