The Damned (2013) / Gallows Hill (2013) was a great watch and I would recommend this movie for all horror fans to see. Director Víctor García (Hellboy, Mirrors 2, Return to House on Haunted Hill) did an awesome job making this movie an enjoyable, intense watch. Victor does not have much experience in the film industry, but he triumphs over those who has vast experience. I like the fact that the storyline of the movie happened in Colombia and that Victor shot the movie in Bogotá, Colombia. Most directors set up a staging location to look as the destination the movie was supposed to be taken place in, and it shows most of the time. Gallows Hill / The Damned contains, nudity, sexual matters, violence, intense, frightening scenes, bad language, demon possession, suspense and great acting.
Gallows Hill / The Damned is about David (Peter Facinelli - The Scorpion King, Twilight, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1) and his fiancée Lauren (Sophia Myles - Outlander, Underworld, Transformer: Age of the Extinction) traveling to Colombia to bring David’s daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos - House of Anubis, 31 North 62 East, Dean Slater: Resident Advisor) back to the USA for David and Lauren’s wedding. Jill is in Colombia with her deceased mother’s sister Gina (Carolina Guerra - La Lectora, Restos, ¡Viva el sueño!) who is making a documentary about the poverty in Colombia with cameraman Ramon (Sebastian Martínez). David and his family are heading back to the hotel to prepare for their flight back to the USA when their vehicle slides and overturns into a ditch. Everyone was okay except for Lauren, who had about two cracked or broken ribs from herself diagnosis. The family walked seeking shelter in an inn with a suspicious old man named Felipe (Gustavo Angarita - The Invisible Children, The Day Silence Died, Tiempo de morir). Felipe hesitated to let them in but eventually does after seeing that some of them were injured and needed help.
Felipe warned everyone to stay in the living room and not to move but as Felipe left the room, Jill needed to use the bathroom and wondered off. She then heard a faint crying in the dingy bathroom and explored where it was coming from. She found a box that was chained and padlock with a little girl in it, in the basement - Felipe found them and warned them not to open the box. David hits Felipe over the head after seeing him pointing a gun at Jill and Ramon. The spooky little girl, Ana Maria (Julieta Salazar) is released, and strange things start happening.
I enjoyed watching this movie from the very beginning to the very second it ended. The director did a good job by explaining the backstory of Ana Maria and how she was possessed and how the demon transfers from one body to another. This movie is just like any other horror movie storyline, but it was executed better, making it enjoyable for horror fans to sit on the edge of their seat. The acting was great; the setting was done just right and the creepiness was not overdone. I look forward to seeing more movies from Victor Garcia.
About Gallows Hill (2013)
Starring: Sophia Myles, Peter Facinelli, Juan Pablo Gamboa, Nathalia Ramos, Carolina Guerra, Sebastian Martínez, Gustavo Angarita, Julieta Salazar, Tatiana Renteria
Director: Víctor García
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