Is Adrian Garcia Bogliano poised to be the next big horror director?
Bogliano made a splash with his last two films “Penumbra” and “Cold Sweat,” and has directed a slew of other horror indies, like “Rooms for Tourists,” “36 Steps,” “Watch ‘Em Die” and “The Accursed.” He also isn’t willing to compromise certain things; all of his producers are behind his decision to continue shooting films in Spanish.
After moving from Argentina to Mexico City, he’s started a new production company, Salto de Fe Films, and teamed with MPI Media Group, which backed recent horror successes such as “The Innkeepers,” “Stake Land,” and “Hatchet II.”
“I love the Argentian industry,” Bogliano told Indiewire. “But it took 10 years to complete my last film. I was making other films in the meantime, but it’s been really difficult to put films out. The Mexican industry is much bigger and people are letting me make films here.”
In his first Mexican production, “Here Comes the Devil,” a family travels to the outskirts of Tijuana. When the family’s two preteen sons meander off the beaten path and their parents find them, something’s off. The parents must investigate their surroundings to figure out what has happened to their children.
For Bogliano, there were two inspirations. First, he said, “I tried to make an homage to Nicholas Roeg, a director I really loved. I wanted to make a movie like his ‘Don’t Look Now,’ from 1973, with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. I was trying to find the right story.”
Second was Tijuana itself. “It’s a very strange city. It has nothing to do with the rest of Mexico. It has a lot of influence from the U.S., but at the same time it’s really something else. There’s [also] a very big cultural movement in Tijuana.”
He continued, “It’s a very strange thing here: the landscapes and everything. With the border crossing, there’s something pretty weird. There’s some energy that’s really interesting. I’m really excited to deal with a film that deals with a supernatural subject here. No one’s really shown Tijuana for a while. It’s a very different city than it once was. People from the U.S. don’t come here anymore. It’s something of a ghost town if you look at it.”
The stars of “Here Comes the Devil” mostly come from the local Tijuana theater community, but one — Francisco Barreiro of Jorge Michel Grau’s critical hit “We Are What We Are” — was cast in Mexico City.
As for whether or not he’s planning on continuing in the horror genre, Bogliano told Indiewire, “So far, all of my films are horror films. It’s somewhere I want to stay. If you start making one film after the other, either you’re going to repeat yourself or you need to find new sources of inspiration. These recent films have nothing to do with the rest of them that I’ve made. All of them are horror films, but they’re all different. ‘Penumbra’ was more like a roller coaster; this one has a very different pace. It’s going to be a lot more violent and intense.”
“Here Comes the Devil”
Director/Writer: Adrian Garcia Bogliano
Co-producers: MPI Media Group/Dark Sky Films
Cast: Francisco Barreiro (“We Are What We Are”)