Here Comes the Devil
|Here Comes the Devil|
|Directed by||Adrián García Bogliano|
|Written by||Adrián García Bogliano|
|Music by||Julio Pillado|
|Edited by||Carmen Vargas|
MPI Media Group, Morbido Films, Salto de Fe Films
Here Comes the Devil (originally titled Ahí va el diablo) is a 2012 Mexican film that was directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano. The film had its world premiere on September 11, 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars Francisco Barreiro and Laura Caro as a couple who finds that their children may have been exposed to something completely evil.
A married couple (Barreiro and Caro) lose their two pre-teen children (Martinez and Garcia) during a family outing on the outskirts of Tijuana. After the loss on a nearby hill, luck and good fortune brings them back to their parents the next day, both parents trying to find out what happened during the disappearance. Following their return, changes occur in the behavior of the children that suggest ominous and unspeakable events that recall the night when the children were lost.
The couple hear of legends about unwary people and diabolical secrets of the caves in the area and have a friend investigate the caves. The children are distraught after his return and he is shaken. The mother ventures to the legends' cave and discovers her children's bodies, finally confirming the two imposters are dangerous and the friend saw the dead bodies. She poisons the pair and takes her husband to the cave where he confirms the bodies. He then shoots his wife and himself. Minutes later, imposter bodies drive away in the parents' car.
Critical reception for Here Comes the Devil has been mixed and the movie currently holds a rating of 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, based upon 22 reviews. Twitch Film gave the movie a positive review, commenting that several elements such as the "unusual, lurching changes that the movie goes through as it makes its way towards its finale" made the movie worth watching. Fangoria's Chris Alexander gave it four skulls, stating it was "one of the most interesting, frightening and thoroughly alive—both intellectually and viscerally—works of horror and dread this critic has seen in a very, very long time." In contrast, a reviewer for RogerEbert.com gave the film one star and criticized it for its vagueness, stating that while the movie "hints at the possibility for a "Sixth Sense"-style plot twist" it wasn't "saying anything significant about anything" and was "just a bunch of stuff about demons, murder, female nudity and violent stabbings that, thankfully, will be exorcised from the memory almost as soon as the end credits finish rolling."
- Best Actor at Austin Fantastic Fest (2012, won - Francisco Barreiro)
- Best Actress at Austin Fantastic Fest (2012, won - Laura Caro)
- Best Director at Austin Fantastic Fest (2012, won)
- Best Picture at Austin Fantastic Fest (2012, won)
- Best Screenplay at Austin Fantastic Fest (2012, won)
- Best Feature Film at the Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival (2013, nominated)
- Best Foreign-Language Film at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (2014, nominated)
- Best Actor at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (2014, nominated - Francisco Barreiro)
- "Here Comes the Devil (2013)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Whittaker, Richard. "FF2012: 'Here Comes the Devil'". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- Webb, Charles. "TIFF 2012 Review: HERE COMES THE DEVIL, And He's Looking For Sex". twitchfilm.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Alexander, Chris. ""HERE COMES THE DEVIL" (Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- Chaney, Jen. "Here Comes the Devil (review)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "Fantastic Fest 2012 Awards". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 27 May 2014.