Keeping with October's horror theme (even though it's now November), our latest entry to Short Film Showcase is the Argentinian film Deus Irae. Written and directed by Pedro Cristiani, it's a gorgeously shot twist on the exorcism sub-genre. As the film's press material puts it:
A fragile border separates our world from the realm of darkness, where nightmarish creatures await in the shadows, looking for a way into our world. Only one thing has been standing in their way: a secret order of priests, who devote their lives and souls to protect this border.
They are the 'Deus Irae'
Rather than using bible toting types with nothing but quotations to drive back demons, this group of three 'holy' men and women have a more violent approach to exorcism. The film's highly impressive make-up effects ensure this is a visceral and bloody affair that is dark and nasty yet still fun to watch. The film does try a bit too hard to be 'cool' at times with a couple of unnecessary poses and one character who wears sunglasses for no apparent reason. Nonetheless, this is an original and exciting film that is admirably well made and bodes well for the filmmakers in the future.
WRITING + DIRECTION: PEDRO CRISTIANI
A NERDHAUS FILMS PRODUCTION
ASSOCIATED PRODUCERS: RABBID EFX
CAST: GASTON RICAUD, BERNARDA PAGES, ANA PAULS, JULIA PERETTE, SIMON RATZIEL
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: LUCIO BONELLI
ART DIRECTION: MARIELA RIPODAS
COSTUME DESIGN: PAOLA DELGADO
SOUND DIRECTOR: PABLO ISOLA
MUSIC: AGENTE NARANJA
FX & MAKE UP: RABBID EFX
VISUAL FX: GILBERTO ZHU
EDITING: GUILLE GATTI
PRODUCERS: GUILLE GATTI, PEDRO CRISTIANI & SIMON RATZIEL