A Candle for the Devil

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  • PG
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 5.8  (1,126)

A Candle for the Devil is a Spanish horror thriller film from 1973 that tells the story of a small village terrorized by a serial killer who is targeting young girls. The film starts with the brutal murder of a teenage girl, and the villagers quickly become paranoid as they fear that the killer could be anyone among them. The film builds up the suspense as it introduces a cast of suspicious characters, all with their own hidden secrets and motives.

The film's protagonist is Sylvia (Judy Geeson), a recently arrived English teacher who is staying in the village with her aunt. Sylvia starts to investigate the serial killer and, in doing so, becomes a target for the killer. As the village's paranoia reaches its peak, everyone starts to become a suspect, including Sylvia's aunt and the local priest.

Aurora Bautista plays the role of Marina, an old woman who is considered by many to be the village's witch. Marina is a fascinating character who hides a dark past and a deep sense of resentment towards the villagers. She is often seen performing bizarre rituals and is rumored to have supernatural powers. Marina becomes a key suspect, and her eccentric behavior adds to the film's creepy atmosphere.

Esperanza Roy plays the role of Carmen, a lonely spinster who is desperate to find love but, instead, finds herself entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Carmen is a complex character who adds depth to the film's social commentary. The film's exploration of the themes of repression and misogyny is evident through Carmen's storyline, making the film more than just a typical slasher film.

The film's use of visual symbolism and cinematography is noteworthy. The candle burning at a church altar, as seen in the opening credits, is used throughout the film as a powerful symbol of hope and renewal. However, as the film progresses, the candle becomes associated with death and becomes a warning of the killer's impending presence.

The film's music is another standout feature. The hauntingly beautiful score by Fernando García Morcillo complements the film's eerie atmosphere, creating a sense of unease and tension.

As the plot unfolds, the killer's identity is revealed in a twist ending that is surprising and satisfying. The film's conclusion brings a sense of closure to the narrative, but it also leaves the viewer pondering on the deeper themes explored by the film.

Overall, A Candle for the Devil is an intriguing and suspenseful film that explores complex themes through a well-crafted plot, skilled performances, visual symbolism, and an excellent score. The film's underlying commentary on repression, misogyny, and superstition makes it more than just a typical horror film and elevates it to the level of a social commentary. The film is a must-watch for fans of the genre and those interested in thought-provoking narratives.

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    1 hr 23 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (1,126)