Director: Marc Carrete
Screenplay: Mike Hostench and Marc Carrete
Starring: Luis Marco, Claudia Pons, Irene Montala
Duration: 81 min
BBFC Certification: 15
In recent years there have been a spate of exorcism films released, most following the template set by The Exorcist but not bringing anything new to the genre. Thankfully, Asmodexia is a film that tries an original take, coming across as part road movie, part horror. The debut feature film from Spanish writer/director, Marc Carrete follows a traveling exorcist, Eloy (Luis Marco), and his granddaughter Alba (Claudia Pons) visit several households in Barcelona performing exorcisms to those in need. As the film progresses it becomes clear that each victim has a connection to Eloy's past, as we are reminded of a countdown to "The Resurrection", which is mere days away.
Asmodexia is beautifully shot, utilising the deep oranges of the scenery around Barcelona and switching to cold blues during the subplot set within an asylum where a large number of possessions are occurring. The chemistry between the two leads is believable, with a number of scenes showing the strong bond between grandfather and granddaughter.
Opening with a scene of Eloy exorcising a woman whilst she is giving birth, Carrete is keen to draw the viewer into the disturbing world he has created, which comes across as an interesting blend of Terrence Malick meets John Carpenter. To this reviewer, there are elements of Badlands in the cinematography, whilst the sense of dread is very reminiscent of Prince Of Darkness, with one shot a direct steal from Carpenter's masterpiece.
Whilst an enjoyable film with an intriguing central premise, it does have it's flaws. Most notably some badly timed jumps that seem forced and some ropey CGI used during a traffic accident. I must admit I saw the final reveal coming quite early in the film, but this didn't detract from effective finale.
An original take on the exorcism genre, Asmodexia, is a strong debut from Marc Carrete which marks him out as a director to watch.
Sharp Teeth Films are distributing Asmodexia on DVD. The set of extras on the disc include:
Making Of Asmodexia
Castidermia - a short film by director Marc Carrete
Feeling Rough - a short film by director Marc Carrete
Behind The scenes Gallery
Trailers of forthcoming Sharp Teeth Films releases