Interview: 'Here Comes The Devil' Filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano Talks Taboos And Haunted Hills
Nothing says interesting genre work like new blood. In this case it’s fresh Argentina filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano who in recent years has shown a real knack for creating nail-biting work. With the 2010 film "Cold Sweat" he showed a flair for the creepy and explosive, then in 2011 he took fear to another level with the very memorable "Penumbra." Now Bogliano is heading into creepy kid territory with his Rosemary’s Baby-esk thriller titled "Here Comes The Devil." It’s an eerie tale about a couple’s two pre-teen kids who go strangely reappear after going missing overnight at a local mountain cave and begin to show some very strange behavior. The film is a real throwback to the flicks like "The Exorcist" and "Don’t Look Now" and showcases the continued talent of a filmmaker with sweet suspenseful style. We got a chance to chat one-on-one with Bogliano all about "Here Comes The Devil" – from his locations to his impressive newbie actors. Keeping up with up and coming filmmakers who deserve a little praise, here’s writer/director...
With "Cold Sweat" being such a tight and tense flick, what made you take on the more slow simmering dread of "Here Comes The Devil?"
Adrián García Bogliano: Well my first two films, both "Cold Sweat" and "Penumbra," both took place in a single location. So I wanted to have something with a lot of open spaces – that’s why we wanted to shoot all these things on the road and in the hills. The other reason I wanted to do this movie was I wanted to try some supernatural elements. It was something that I wasn’t too familiar with and I thought it was the time to do it. Also this is my first film shot in Mexico as Argentina is a country that doesn’t have many traditions – all the people came from boats and were migrants. There are not a lot of folklore or horror stories. When I came to Mexico I realized that there’s a lot of ancient crazy and creepy stories here, so I wanted to take advantage.
I love the look and feel of the ominous rocky mountain hill – where did you shoot it and was it difficult to find what you had envisioned in your mind?
AGB: It was really difficult. What I envisioned in my mind actually was the place where they shot "Picnic At Hanging Rock" in Australia. (Laughs) So it was kind of difficult to find that in Mexico. The funny thing about it is we went to do the scouting and when we went to the location we ended up using we found an old man who didn’t know what we were doing and he just point to a cave at the top of a hill and he told us, “You should go there because a demon lives in that cave.” I was blown away because I couldn’t believe he was telling me that – something that I wrote was an actual legend. But it’s not so weird if you think that Tijuana has a lot stories about the demons and the devil.
Sex and sensuality show up a few times after bad events in the film – namely the car scene when the children go missing and the shower after a deadly deed. Was this by design?
AGB: It was my idea, but it was something different to what some perceived as punishment for sex. I had to have long conversations with the actors to make them understand that my point was about sexual repression and sexual taboos. So it’s basically about how bad repression can become a monster and all that repression can create demons. The link that exists in the movie between bad things and sexuality that’s kind of the idea and sexuality to me was a crucial element. That’s why the first scene of the movie was a sex scene – I wanted to point out right at the beginning that the movie was about sexuality.
I saw that Laura Caro who plays the mom Sol makes her feature film debut with "Here Comes The Devil." How did you get such an emotionally layered performance from someone so new?
AGB: I couple of reasons. I had a great feeling about her when I met her. We were looking for an actress for a couple of months and when I saw her I thought that she was the right person. Also, she was a very popular singer and was on a reality show out here and I think her charisma and being a performer really helped. Her songs are also really emotional and she knows how to connect to material. But I love to have a bunch of actors that have almost no experience on film next to a guy like Francisco Barreiro who plays the father - he’s one of the best Mexican actors right now.
With "Cold Sweat," "Penumbra," your segment in "The ABC’s of Death" and now "Here Comes The Devil" you’ve shown tremendous skill for genre work – is this an area you see yourself staying in?
AGB: Yeah – absolutely. I love horror. I love every kind of genre to watch, but I needed to be as specific as possible. Also I came from a place where there wasn’t a lot of horror – it was a conscious decision to say okay Latin America can make good horror movies and there are a lot of interesting stories to tell.
AGB: Hopefully lots of movies – I want to make as many horror movies as I can! So far I’ve been really lucky in the last ten years. I’ve made ten features and it’s a number I would like to keep steady. I’m just looking to try different things within the horror genre.
"HERE COMES THE DEVIL" OPENS IN THEATERS DEC. 13 FROM MAGNET RELEASING.