Adrián García Bogliano manages to have three UK releases in as many months this year. Firstly there was his contribution to the brilliant ABCs Of Death (‘B’ is for Bigfoot), his rape / revenge thriller I’ll Never Die Alone debuts on Redemption is a couple of weeks, while this week we take a look at his most recent picture, Here Comes The Devil.
Not one for gradual slow build openings, the Spaniard opens the movie with an intense and passionate scene of lesbian sex. Their post-coital discussion is interrupted by a knock on the door and an intruder who pushes one of the girls to the ground chops off her fingers with a knife before fleeing, stripping himself naked and revealing he has a number of other people’s digits in a box he carries. Intrigued?! Good…
After this jolt of an introduction, we’re introduced to the principle characters in the movie who are Felix (Francisco Barreiro), his wife Sol (Laura Caro) and their kids Adolfo (Alan Martinez) and Sara (Michele Garcia). The parents have just had the awkward situation of Sara unexpectedly beginning her first period, but after they’ve managed the situation they opt for some downtime as the kids are pestering to explore some caves that they’ve found. Felix and Sol take the opportunity for some intimacy while their children are off exploring, but pleasure has soon turned to pain as time begins to pass with no sign of the children returning.
After an evening of regret and arguments between Felix and Sol, the following morning the children are both returned to them by the police. They seem to be fine and state that they both got scared in the cave as it was dark and stayed there until sunrise. The next few days however provide intrigue and mystery, particularly for Sol. She notices that the underwear her daughter was wearing that day is missing, and upon taking her to a doctor she is informed her hymen is absent. Although it’s not a true indicator of sexual activity, there could be a possibility, and after getting nowhere asking her daughter herself she decides to use a child psychologist.
One technique the psychologist uses is to prompt the children to draw pictures of the day they went missing. Most of the drawings seem normal, though one seems to indicate the presence of a red van – a vehicle that Felix remembers vividly in the area the night they went missing. Could this be a clue to a potential abductor, or is the real reason behind the children’s disappearance far more sinister than anyone could have imagined.
Here Comes The Devil is a great movie. Shot in Mexico it’s an edgy, boundary pushing tale of mystery and suspense that delivers intrigue by the bucket full. The film has an overtly sexual overtone from which your own conclusions can be drawn, and also appears to be influenced by Plato and his writing of the Allegory of the Cave. It’s a disturbing film that builds to a quite unforgettable climax, and while it’s certainly not a blood soaked horror film, there is one scene in particular that is one of the most gruesome to have graced my television screen.
Metrodome yet again have managed to snaffle another gem of a horror movie to release, and I hope it gets the promo it deserves as it’s a movie that demands wide exposure. With his segment in ABCs Of Death fresh in the memory, Adrián García Bogliano is a director that has firmly planted himself on my radar and I’ll await his next work with great anticipation.
7.5 out of 10