Distributor: Accent Films
Rating R18+ (High impact violence)
Run Time 94 mins
Visual Format 2.40:1
Audio Format Dolby 5.1
Language Spanish (Optional English Subtitles)
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Author: John Mathews
Here comes the Devil is a 2012 Mexican film directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, it is in the Spanish language. It is truly and unusual and terrifying little film, leaving you in suspense throughout the film. Essentially the film starts off with a lesbian couple having sex, one of them goes downstairs after hearing a noise. Upon hearing nothing from her girlfriend she decides to follow, this is where she see's her girlfriend being beaten by a man in her house. She fights of the man and he runs off injured, and ends up going to a remote location, screaming and bleeding and from what we can see 'transforming'.
We move forward to a family Sol and Felix and their two children martins and Garcia, who are on a family day out. In a bathroom on the way there they see a strange man, who appears to drive a large van. Their children decide to go off by themselves to the caves around the outskirts, this is the same environment where the vicious man was last seen. After a few hours they realise their children have gone missing, and they contact the police. We slowly see the husband and wife slip into insanity, unaware of their children's whereabouts. Luckily the next morning they show up, but something is wrong as they are not the same; they are different. The parents suspect it was the man with the van and become vigilantes, suspecting their children was possibly sexually abused by this man. The film is well paced, having scenes with large amounts of gore, not excessive but appropriately placed.
The film hasvery classic camera work which appears to be inspired from 70's Spanish and Mexican horror films. With fast camera close up pans creating a very nostalgic vibe to something you would see in the 'Blind Dead franchise'. There is also a lot of psychedelic and trippy sequences which adds to the overall surreal nature, we the viewers are unsure at times what is reality and what is not. The children become possessed and creates scenes similar to the Exorcist, but this feels far more stylised. The declining relationship between the couple is apparent and becomes worse as this is affecting their entire family, they are seeking the truth and feel as if they have done something wrong. Check out Here comes the Devil' and you will be pleasantly surprised, the amount of twists will keep you guessing till the end.
The film is presented in its original aspect ration of 2.40:1, this is a very strong transfer for DVD. I watched in upscaled on a 50" TV and it looked fantastic, the black levels were rich and there was a great deal of contrast. The image does look soft at time, but that could be the directors intentions. Overall a strong, clean and colour rich transfer for this digitally shot film.
The soundtrack is a 5.1 mix, you can also choose Stereo. Dialogue comes off clear and the creepy and intense industrial sounds of groaning really pop through the sound system.
Unfortunately no extras, but we do ge the usual entertaining and awesome trailers for Accent upcoming releases.