|Directed by||R. Ajay Gnanamuthu|
|Produced by||M. K. Tamilarasu|
|Written by||R. Ajay Gnanamuthu|
Abishek Joseph George
|Music by||Keba Jeremiah (songs)|
S. Chinna (score)
|Edited by||Bhuvan Srinivasan|
|Distributed by||Sri Thenandal Films|
|Budget||₹2 crore (equivalent to ₹2.3 crore or US$330,000 in 2018)|
|Box office||₹23 crore (equivalent to ₹26 crore or US$3.8 million in 2018)|
Demonte Colony is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language horror thriller film written and directed by R Ajay Gnanamuthu, a former assistant to A.R. Murugadoss. The film features Arulnithi in the lead role. Also starring Ramesh Thilak, Sananth and Abhishek Joseph, the film is a fictional story set at the Demonte Colony in Alwarpet, Chennai. Demonte Colony features cinematography by Aravinnd singh, songs composed by guitarist Keba Jeremiah, and an original score by S. Chinna.
Upon Release,the film garnered positive reviews. The film was later dubbed into Hindi under the same name by Goldmines Telefilms in 2018.
Raghavan (Sananth), an aspiring filmmaker, narrates a horror story to a film producer (Singampuli), who instead asks for a comedy. Sajith (Abhishek) is an electrician living a miserable life, while Vimal (Ramesh Thilak) is a graphic designer. Their friend Srinivasan (Arulnithi) is involved in a platonic relationship with Jillu (Jangiri Madhumita), a married woman, in return for money. Out of false bravado, the four men decide to visit a dilapidated mansion in De Monte Colony, which is rumoured to be haunted. They sneak into the house and get separated in the darkness and have a chilling and forgetful experience, although all of them manage to come out seemingly unscathed.
The next day, the four men go to an astrologer (M. S. Bhaskar) for their future. Three of them get their thumb prints and their future predictions done whereas Sajith is told the astrologer will predict his future later, as he does not have the corresponding paraphernalia. They return home, and everything seems to be normal and Sajith goes to bed. But while Srini is driving his bike, he gets a phone call from the astrologer, who wants to discuss an important matter, but Srini is unable to hear the details, and the call gets dropped. When Srini reaches the astrologer's residence, he finds him dead.
Some time later, the friends are curious to know the story behind De Monte Colony, so Raghavan narrates the story. Years ago, the area was a colony of the Portuguese business tycoon Lord John De Monte, who owned almost half of Chennai. He wishes to gift his wife, so he orders a special necklace as a gift for his wife's birthday. Soon after his wife becomes mentally ill. He informs the situation to his son via mail, and consequently learns about the death of his son. A depressed De Monte wants to return to Portugal and travels to Calcutta to sell his properties in India before leaving.
When De Monte returns after five months, he learns that some orderly working in the house has raped his wife, leaving her pregnant. He further requests a doctor to treat his wife within the confines of the house, but the doctor refuses, citing hospital laws. Taking this as a mark of disrespect, De Monte kills the doctor and all his servants over lingering doubts as to who had raped his wife. Angered by this, the locals set fire to the house and a disturbed De Monte shoots what seems to be gas cylinders; the ensuing explosion kills everyone within the house including De Monte. Seemingly, a curse is set on the diamond necklace such that whoever tries to steal it will be killed, and the stolen necklace will return to De Monte's house in any way.
Raghavan reveals that he had stolen the necklace in the hopes that it could be sold for money. Eerie things begin to happen in their room – the TV does not switch off and, instead of the DVD that they had inserted, plays their own conversations where the death scenes were played. The power goes off, Srini contacts the electricity board for power help. Srini then adds about what happened to the astrologer. They play the call record, in which the astrologer reveals that Sajith has already died the last night. They all turn towards Sajith who is still sleeping.
The windows and doors do not open; the friends' cries for help are never heard outside. They take an ouija and ask some dreadful questions, then realise that no-one will return alive. Srini asked to burn the ouija board, then it starts burning, and the arrow pointed at Raghavan and he died first and Srini got haunted by spirit and he killed Vimal. Srini fells bad and sorry for killing his friend. His room starts to freeze. When he sees a portion of the room where god was there did not freeze. Srini went to the portion and he remembered the DVD which it showed after crossing some point, Raghava was hunted by the spirit. Srini discovered a window can be opened in the portion of the room. Sajith tried to stop Srini to escape the room, but he remembered what the astrologer said, Sajith died last night, he immediately step back, he escapes and runs towards a nearby tea shop, only to find that no-one can hear him; he realises he has become a ghost after dying when he attempted to jump out of the flat. Later, he witness the necklace being carried by Sajith, returning to the De Monte Colony House.
- Arulnithi as Srinivasan
- Ramesh Thilak as Vimal
- Sananth as Raghavan
- Abishek Joseph George as Sajith
- Antil Jaaskalinen as John Demonte
- Helen Taylor as Demonte's wife
- M. S. Bhaskar as the astrologer
- Singampuli as film producer
- Jangiri Madhumitha as Jillu
- Yogi Babu as guy in browsing centrer
- Kalaiyarasan as Naadi Josiyar's assistant
- Aranthai K. Rajagopal As Jillu's husband
- Master Ray Paul as a Rich kid
- Meena Venuri as Rich kid's mother
- Inigo Marivalan as TV installation guy
- Devaprabhu as TV installation guy
- Arunpandian as Food delivery boy
- Viji Kanna as Indian caretaker
- Ram Vaitheeswaran (guest appearance)
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||15 May, 2015|
|1.||"Vaada Vaa Machi"||Na. Muthukumar||Anirudh Ravichander||4:35|
|2.||"Dummy Piece - U"||Arunraja Kamaraj||D. Imman||3:11|
|3.||"Trap of the Beast"||Arunraja Kamaraj||Ranina Reddy, Arunraja Kamaraj||3:30|
|4.||"The Mystery Unfolds" (Instrumental)||Andrea Jeremiah||3:52|
|5.||"The Curse of Demonte" (Instrumental)||3:05|
The New Indian Express wrote, "Brilliantly written and executed, gripping and refreshing, Demonte Colony is a must watch for lovers of the genre". Sify wrote, "Demonte Colony does sincere attempt to scare us and seriously it is one of the well written, superbly executed horror thrillers in recent times that keep us engaged throughout its crisp running time of 116 minutes". Deccan Chronicle wrote, "what really shines are the foundations and technical execution of the film: writing, narration, pacing (although first half drags a bit), lighting, cameras, and sound", calling the film "a scary and entertaining affair that promises to surprise and amuse you".
The Times of India gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "R Ajay Gnanamuthu's Demonte Colony is a refreshing change – it is a pure horror film with no frills attached...and this alone makes us want to appreciate the director....But despite the visual flair, Demonte Colony at times gets bogged down by predictability and the lack of a genuine sense of dread". Rediff.com gave the same rating, stating, "Almost entirely shot in a single room with no gruesome ghosts or unnecessary build up, the director has skilfully created the eerie atmosphere, with incessant rain, a subtle aura of menace, unsophisticated characters and underlying hint of truth. The film is undoubtedly a fine attempt by the debutant director.".
The Hindu wrote, "you could make a case for Demonte Colony being a brave debut for R Ajay Gnanamuthu...He wants to shake you up and leave you walking out nervously, petrified of the dark and the dead. But he needed something more: new ideas to show the horrors unleashed by the evil spirit. The ones he uses aren’t enough".
Demonte Colony opened at the number one position at the Chennai box office, with an opening weekend gross of ₹6401,000, described by International Business Times as an "appreciable feat for a movie that does not feature an A-list star".
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