What Comes Next: Here Comes the Devil

In this series, I take a look at what happens to characters after the credits roll.  Beware of spoilers.  There will be spoilers.

You can read about the origin of this series here, and my original review of this movie here.

Before I get started, let me start with this: in all likelihood, the possessing spirit is not the actual devil.  Multiple people are being possessed, which would probably make it more of a legion of Pazuzu-type minions descending upon this mountain cave, in search of bodies to inhabit.  But, since “The Devil” is in the title, we’ll just keep rolling with that.

When we left Felix and Sol, Sol had discovered that their children had died in the mountains, and the devil had taken their place.  (Seeing as how the name of the movie is Here Comes the Devil, this was not the least bit surprising.)  She kills the demon-spawn who had taken their form and takes Felix into the mountains to show him their bodies, so that he will see that their actual children had died weeks earlier.  Felix is promptly possessed by the demon, and shoots Sol in the head.

The movie ends with the newly dead & possessed Felix and Sol getting into their car and driving away from the mountain, presumably back to the city so they can wreak unholy hell on everyone they come across (and to stand on chests of naked women, because apparently the devil loves to do stuff like that.  He’s a real scamp).

The car appears to be a stick shift, which the devil cannot drive.  (They say the devil can’t write a love song, and apparently he can’t drive stick, either.)  The last scene of the movie is the car, driven by Devil Felix, lurching down the dirt road and swerving back and forth.

What comes next?

It has already been established that the devil can’t drive stick.  And apparently he can’t drive in a straight line.  So it stands to reason there are a lot of things in this modern world that the devil does not have the skills for.

What follows is a fish-out-of-water comedy, with the devil trying to get acclimated to modern life.

The devil goes grocery shopping!  That wacky devil doesn’t even know what a ripe banana looks like!
The devil goes skiing!  Watch out for that tree!
The devil meets with clients!  Make sure not to mention anything about the Lord of Darkness!
The devil can’t figure out how to use a cell phone!  Try navigating that touchscreen with a severed finger!
The devil can’t get those pots put away!  And we mean, he really can’t get those pots put away!

This goes for 90 minutes or so, until someone gets wise to the devil and casts him back to Hell.

It’s a laugh riot.

And, honestly, it wouldn’t be any stranger than the actual movie.

Here Comes the Devil

Here Comes the Devil - Poster

Netflix description:
Grieving parents rejoice when their missing son and daughter return after disappearing on a family trip to Tijuana.  But they’re not the same children they once knew, even though everything looks normal on the outside.

My thoughts:
This movie was completely bonkers for the first 30 minutes or so.  I got 20 minutes in, and I wasn’t even sure there was a plot to follow.  It eventually settled in, but it took a while to get there.  Thankfully, it was entertaining, so I stuck with it.

Just as an example, here is a list of things that happen in the first half hour:

– Two naked girls messing around on a bed while a 70s grindhouse song rages.  This is the very first image we see.

– A man coming into the house and beating one of the girls senseless, an act that concludes with him cutting off a couple of her fingers and running off into the hills after the other girl hits him in the head with a fire poker.

– The same man madly humping the ground, while surrounded by severed fingers.  (This is similar to a scene in Steinbeck’s To a God Unknown.  Except I don’t think that book had severed fingers.  I don’t know.  It’s been a while since I’ve read it.  That Joseph Wayne was into some weird stuff.)

– A man and wife letting their kids run off into the hills (not unlike Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer) in an area they’re not familiar with.  While their kids are out of sight, they sit in their car in a gas station parking lot, talk about their sexual experiences as teenagers and get to third base.  Again, this is in a gas station parking lot.

– The line “seeing your parents make love isn’t the end of the world,” is uttered.  By the parents.  (They obviously never witnessed their parents having sex.)

For a while, I honestly thought the subtitles didn’t match the actual dialog.  I thought I was witnessing a practical joke by the subtitle writers.  “Wouldn’t it be funny if we totally changed the entire tone of the movie by writing insane things?”  (I would normally include some examples here, but they’re so funny that it’s best if you experience them for yourself.  I don’t want to ruin your joy.)
However, based the few Spanish classes I took, that did not seen to be the case.  The dialog really was as insane as it appeared to be.

Eventually, the movie settles in a bit into something resembling a plot, but even that wasn’t completely normal.  The kids come back to the car, but they don’t seem quite right.  Strange things begin to happen in the house.  A babysitter is run off, leaving only her bra and sanity behind.  I believe the intent was to build a sense of uncertainty in the viewer.  What is wrong with the children?  Are they possessed, or were they just mentally scarred by a traumatic event in the hills?
However, since the movie was titled Here Comes the Devil, it was pretty easy to tell what happened, so that sense of uncertainty wasn’t present.

The parents also briefly dabbled in vigilante justice, because of course they did.  They appeared particularly skilled at it, too.  I double-checked to make sure the father wasn’t actually named Frank Castle.  He was not.
Even this little storyline made little-to-no sense.  The parents had been dealing with the police since the disappearance/reappearance of their children, and the police had been extremely helpful.  And then, suddenly, they decide that knives and guns will give them all the answers they will ever need.
I’m not complaining.  I like a good throat-ripping scene as much as the next guy (probably more, actually.  I blame Dalton), but it just seemed odd.
I was going to say “odd and out-of-place”, but this movie had so many strange moments that I’m pretty sure the entire movie was out-of-place.

I was confused as to whether this movie was actually supposed to be scary or campy.  There were a couple creepy scenes, but nothing that was out-and-out scary.  The best scene was when the babysitter was telling her story of her evening with the kids, but it still felt like it was missing something.  They could have really kicked it up a notch there, and they didn’t jump on that opportunity.
At the same time, I really don’t get the feeling that it was supposed to be funny.  I laughed quite a few times, but it didn’t have a comedic feel to it.  I don’t think it was going for humor or camp. It was just so ludicrous that I couldn’t help but laugh.

This was a weird little 70s inspired possession movie, complete with lots of quick zooms.  It had a cool look to it, and I enjoyed myself throughout the entire movie, even if I was confused more often than not.
After an absolutely bonkers opening, it kind of settled in.  Some creepy moments.  A couple cool little reveals.  It wasn’t overly scary, but it had its moments.  I really liked the visuals on the hill.
Crazy, but highly enjoyable.

4/5