2015, Movies

TIFF 2015: Demon (2015, Marcin Wrona)

This is the most unique horror comedy I’ve seen in some time. Whereas most horror comedies are ready to notify their intention to get you to laugh early on (and usually to laugh instead of scream or to laugh and only occasionally scream) this movie’s humour is rooted in the absurd dramedy of a cast of characters at a Polish wedding. The humour is based almost exclusively in the characters and their situation and has nothing to do with horror movie conventions, and I really cannot tell you the last time I saw a horror comedy that wasn’t concerned with mocking horror movie conventions. That’s because this is a unique and unusual “horror” film.

SPOILER ALERT

Did I mention there was absolutely no gore?

It’s still a horror film. There are a few minor scares and an aura of creepiness, despite the laughs. And a shot stolen right from The Shining. In fact, you can think of this as the dark comedy Polish Shining, albeit with a lot fewer ghosts. The film largely succeeds due to the bravura performance of its leads, including the incredible physical acting of its male lead, but also including an understated performance from the female lead and an all-around great ensemble.

Really unique and interesting.

8/10

PS: On a really strange and horrible note, I saw this movie on September 13. On September 18, Wrona died at age 42. He committed suicide.

  • Directed by Marcin Wrona
  • Produced by Marcin Wrona, Olga Szymanska, Zuzanna Hencz
  • Written by Marcin Wrona, Pawel Maslona
  • Starring:
    • Itay Tiran
    • Agnieszka Zulewska
    • Tomasz Schuchardt
    • Andrzej Grabowski
    • Adam Woronowicz
    • Wlodzimierz Press
    • Tomasz Zietek
    • Katarzyna Gniewkowska
    • Agnieszka Zulewska
  • Music by Marcin Macuk, Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Cinematography by Pawel Flis
  • Edited by Piotr Kmiecik
  • Production companies:
    • Lava Films
    • Wajda Studio
    • Silesia Film
    • Israel Film Fund
    • Transfax Film Productions
    • Kraków
    • Małopolska Kraków Region
    • Krakow Regional Film Fund
    • Chimney
    • Telewizja Polska
    • Polish Film Institute
    • Magnet Man Film
    • The Orchard
  • Distributed by The Orchard
  • Release date: 13 September 2015
  • Running time: 94 minutes
  • Country: Poland
  • Language: Polish

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