“Here Comes the Devil” is one of those promises that is made in the title and should excite the hell out of horror fans.
There are all sorts of horror icons and great things that go bump in the night. However, the devil is the all-time archvillian of good. (There is also hearsay that he makes a mean strawberry daiquiri) but that’s neither here nor there.
“Here Comes the Devil” follows Felix (Francisco Barreiro) and Sol (Laura Caro) a couple who lose their kids during an outing. The kids take shelter in a cave overnight and come back a bit creepy and different. When the parents begin to dig for the truth to find out what happened to their kids that night their lives head down a course paved with evil.
Spanish director, Adrian Garcia Bogliano is no newcomer to the horror genre with titles like ‘Penumbra’ and “Cold Sweat” under his established belt.
Bogliano brings back the graininess and open sexuality of the throwback films of the late 70s. Those all too uncomfortable films that had some unfortunate person being wined dined (and well you know) by the prince of darkness himself.
He manages to do this effortlessly and stays true to the films that he had been inspired by. Bogliano delivers something that leads us away from the all too familiar doldrums of the overused “Paranormal activity” blueprint and that in itself is unique and refreshing.
It mirrors the sexuality of “Rosemary’s Baby” and especially “The Entity” and does not shy away from the vintage throwback sensibility. An atmospheric cloud lies around “Here Comes the Devil”, one that is reminiscent of feeling like someone is watching you. It has a creeping slow burn that reminds us constantly that things are not as they should be.
With a title like “Here Comes the Devil” you go into the experience in hopes that the devil arrives. And while he does technically, you will leave this film feeling like he never did.
There is also plenty of sexual exploration meets gender identification that pops its confused head up here and there, but for the most part the suggestion is a wasted one being that the subject never becomes a clear focus.
While it is amazing to see Bogliano doing something that calls back to some of the cult films high up on the Satan meter, we are left with a script that could have used a little more tightening around the kids character development and a little more Devil in the stew.
“Here comes the Devil” is currently on demand on iTunes and at Amazon.