Keeping up with the ongoing Comic-Con, Bloody’s Evan Dickson sat down with director Adrian Garcia Bogliano to chat about his latest genre offering, Here Comes the Devil, the latest from genre house MPI/Dark Sky Films.
With Here Comes the Devil, he moves into a supernatural realm: “A married couple loses 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.” The film stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are) and rising actress Laura Caro.
The Spanish-language movie is the most recent addition to MPI/Dark Sky’s solid slate of original productions, which include the The Innkeepers, Stake Land, Hatchet II and Frankenstein’s Army, which is currently in post.
Read on for our interview with Bolgiano!
How is this different from Penumbra and Cold Sweat for you? “It’s very different. I try to take a different approach each time I make a film. I’m always doing horror films but I try to make them very different from each other. This will also give American audiences the chance to see my previous films but it’s completely different. I like to stay in the horror genre, but the new approach in this case came about because I’ve been hating what I’ve seen in terms of supernatural horror the last few years.”
What have you been hating about them? “Basically I think there is this very lazy approach. When they’re not showing something on the screen, they say they are making a Hitchcock kind of film. Which is one of the things I hate the most, when they say that.” Because it’s an excuse? “It’s an excuse. Because if you think about the horror films Hitchcock made, they are very explicit horror films. I really do think it’s just an excuse. They don’t know as a director how to show stuff. It’s complicated and difficult, but you have to go outside of your comfort zone.”
So your take is more palpable? “It’s not just supernatural horror. It’s what if something really happened to these kids. The idea of the film is that two kids disappear one night in Tijuana and when they come back they’re not the same. The parents are asking, ‘what happened to them?’” And one of the ideas has supernatural elements, but the other element is what if something really happened. Which you have to get your own idea of as an audience member.”
On the biggest challenge of making the film. “My last few films used only a small number of locations. This one had a lot of locations and a lot of open spaces. It was challenging because we had the same short of schedule as with the previous ones, so making that work was hard.”
Is there a physical interaction in the film between the supernatural entity and the characters? Does it physically attack people? “In some cases, yes. I wanted to make it as shocking as possible. That’s what I tried to do with those moments. The violence has to be real and uncomfortable. Otherwise you’re just trying to get a wider audience and aren’t concerned with being bold and shocking them. It’s pretty easy to make an audience jump, but I feel like it’s more complicated if you get to go deeper.“