Asmodexia

March 8th, 2015 by Coventry

Asmodexia   Asmodexia poster 01 81x120 reviews horror Director: Marc Carreté
Writer: Mike Hostench and Marc Carreté
Release Year: 2014

Asmodexia   BIFFF 2014 mini logo1 reviews horror Sinister and ambitious exorcism-horror

Elroy de Palma roams around the Barcelona area with his 15-year-old granddaughter Alba in order to perform exorcisms. The phenomenon of demonic possession strangely turned into a kind of virus, vaslty spreading throughout the country. They are also pursued by a sinister sect, who seem particularly interested in capturing Alba.

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Since 2010 or so, exorcism horror movies appear to be totally hip again. Personally I have never been a big fan of this sub-genre (and even think that some of the greatest classics are a tad bit overrated), so I couldn’t yet bring myself to watch all those similar looking and clichéd sounding new titles like ‘The Last Exorcism’ (2010), ‘The Possession’ (2012), ‘The Devil Inside’ (2012) or ‘The Rite’ (2011). At this year’s edition of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, however, I was immediately intrigued by a modest and rather anonymous little Spanish effort entitled ‘Asmodexia’. The poster art looks creepy, the title alone sounds intriguing already and – most of all – the plot appears to be more original and ambitious than the average “innocent young girl possessed by the devil” vehicle.

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Unusual as it may sound, debuting writer/director Marc Carreté comes up with the creative idea to blend the exorcism rites with a kind of road-movie concept and, moreover, even link it to the infamous 2012 Maya-predicted apocalypse. Elroy de Palma (Lluís Marco), formerly the leader of a creepy hippie cult, roams around the Barcelona area with his 15-year-old granddaughter Alba (Clàudia Pons) in order to perform exorcisms. The phenomenon of demonic possession strangely turned into a kind of virus that is spreading fast, especially among the most vulnerable members of society (like children, mental patients, and drug addicts). They are also pursued by wicked disciples of Elroy’s old sect, and they are particularly interested in Alba’s pure virgin soul.

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‘Asmodexia’ is an extremely tense thriller with a constantly grim atmosphere and an intelligent (albeit slightly too convoluted) screenplay. Several sequences (notably the ones shot inside the mental asylum) are disturbing and the finale is sublime and much more satisfying than any other exorcism-horror I’ve seen so far. The modestly budgeted film also benefices from slick and impressive camera-work and a moody soundtrack. There’s also a more than decent amount of shocks and bloodshed, for the sick puppies among us, and the acting performances are very adequate. If you choose to watch your next exorcism themed horror film, why not make it this Spanish one?


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