HERE COMES THE DEVIL (Ahí va el diablo), the Mexican horror-thriller from writer/director Adrián García Bogliano, is how many strong, off-handed chills it can deliver using nary a special effect. (It's when the filmmaker starts using these that the movie begins to lose steam, but that's another story.) Bogliano's tale is full of religion, along with old-fashioned, Catholic right-and-wrong, and it carries a mile-wide moralistic streak down its back. Yet none of this is hammered home. Rather, it is presented in increments in which characters carry on doing the wrong stuff, after which they pay dearly for it. And we begin to see... maybe a connection?
Laura Caro and Francisco Barreiro (here seen showering after some very nasty business has taken place) are low-key and surprisingly believable, at least until the weird stuff starts happening.
Diabolique white eyes (below) to spice things up. These are so cliched by now -- and the filmmaker had so nicely avoided this kind of thing -- that they bring the movie down rather than goose it up.
Magnet Releasing, opens this Friday, December 13, in New York City at the Cinema Village and in L.A. at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas, after which it opens in four more cities over the next few weeks. You can see all currently scheduled playdates by clicking here. Note, too, that the film will simultaneously be available on VOD and iTunes, so folk all around the U.S. can take a look and shiver accordingly.