Monday, December 9, 2013

HERE COMES THE DEVIL - Sexy Scenes and Evil Creepies

The Director of Penumbra really gave us something different with Here Comes the Devil eh? I’m not sure that I’ll tell you that I was scared though there’s something about horror pictures involving children somehow being effected that get under my skin now that I’m a papa. The whole thing is being widely hyped, praised and, at the very least, respected for creating some strange scenes that juxtapose a happy family and the sins that destroy them as well as the evil that lurks in the world. Whether you believe that evil to be generated by man, ancient ones or true devils, you’ll have to watch Here Comes the Devil to find out from what origin the devil comes (mind of out of the gutter perves).

Synopsis from Magnolia:

A couple’s preteen son and daughter inexplicably reappear after being lost overnight on a desolate, cave-riddled mountainside. Becoming withdrawn and beginning to exhibit strange behavior, their parents quickly assume something sinister happened to them while missing and alone.

But after hearing an ominous local legend… the concerned mother and father begin to realize that their children may have fallen prey to something inhuman – and that this dark, unstoppable evil has now returned home with them.


This movie starts off with a hot as hot can be lesbian scene followed shortly thereafter by a riveting automobile make out, hand-fuck that is brilliant. Rarely have I have been so turned on by a movie not slated for the porn shelves. There’s absolutely something filthy about a couple discussing their intimacy as young adults paired with their own feelings of insecurity, anger and sexual power plays that excite. Wow! I didn’t expect that from a Saturday morning viewing. I’d say that’s worth the price of admission alone and that would be the “romantic” in me, but there’s plenty to watch in Here Comes the Devil beyond the indiscretions of consenting adults.

The overall look and feel of the movie is dreary, dark and dirty. It feels like a very hollow picture with little chance for a happy ending much less an ending that won’t make you gag on your morals. Well, it does evolve past its raunchier conceptions and at least arrives at a movie that has an element of horror fantasy rather than playing the reality card. I’m tired of being lured into movies by “the devil” only to find human beings at the other end of the dark tunnel. That’s not to say that there aren’t evils involving humanity, but there is a very real supernatural element in this picture that is refreshing among similarly themed horror pictures based in reality usually with some kind of True Crime element underlying the horrific theme.

All the players perform well and the only fail, is some of the cheap, overused CGI that is obviously fake and to the detriment of the picture. It is very obvious when you see it. If CGI isn’t used for this effect than it is simply executed poorly as a practical effect which means it can be doubly faulted (for being a bad effect). You’ll know it when you see it. Think of the Exorcist and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Here Comes the Devil  has a strong finish though you might feel as though you’ve heard this tale before only with a different locale and perhaps some details changed to protect a common horror trope. Where Penumbra had an interesting premise, it didn’t exactly wrap me up and throw me off a ledge. Here Comes the Devil is a more complete horrific view that evokes genuine fears especially from the “kid friendly” among us and with an eye on mapping real human reactions to some very strange circumstances and unexplained events.

Magnolia Pictures will release HERE COMES THE DEVIL on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters December 13, 2013.

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