Here Comes the Devil (2012)

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“A married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them.” — IMDb

Felix (played by Francisco Barreiro) and Sol (played by Laura Caro) are on a family outing when they make a detour to a truck stop when their daughter, Sara (played by Michele Garcia), gets her first period. When the kids want to make a fun trek up a nearby hill, the parents spend some much needed alone time in the car and all is fun and games until the kids fail to make their way back. They are found the next day but it becomes obvious pretty quickly that they have been somehow changed by something sinister.

Honestly, this movie was just… a bit too much at once for me. I had a feeling it wouldn’t sit well with me when it literally opened with a lesbian sex scene — of course nothing to do with the fact that it was lesbians and everything to do with the fact that I am not a fan of sex just for sex’s sake in movies/TV. This scene would prove to be just one of several fairly graphic sex scenes over the course of the 90 minutes I spent trying to sift through the chaos of this movie (there’s THREE sex scenes in the first 25 minutes which is excessive to say the least).

It was obviously paying homage to 70’s psychological horror movies and I think it did that fairly well at times but it just kept missing the mark for me. The entire first scene — arguably what should be drawing viewers in and getting them engaged — relied way more on the lure of sex and naked bodies than anything truly interesting, including good acting. Really, the acting in most of the movie left much to be desired, though considering it was Caro’s film debut (she’s primarily a Mexican singer-songwriter) I should maybe give her some more credit.

It was obviously going for a low-tech look and feel, but I think it could have used some more oomph at some points, like the multiple levitation scenes that should have been scary but honestly just made me laugh. Literally the only scene that really freaked me out was when their babysitter, Sandra (played by Jessica Iris), is describing what happened when she was alone with the kids, and says “the devil stood on my chest” before showing Sol her bruised chest marks in the shape of footprints.

I felt like the director, Adrián García Bogliano, just took everything he could think of and threw it against a wall to see what would stick. Satanic possession? Check. Both straight and lesbian sex scenes? Check. Some kind of vague hinting at evil being tied to sexual coming-of-age? Check. Horrifically graphic gore? Check. Let’s just toss that shit ALL in the pot and stir it around. But, really, the lack of focus on any one particular theme left this feeling like a muddled mess.

Rating: 2/10 | Director: Adrián García Bogliano | Music: Julio Pillado | Starring: Francisco Barreiro, Laura Caro, Alan Martinez, Michele Garcia, David Arturo Cabezud, Jessica Iris

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