Noob Reviews: Mark of the Devil (aka La Marca del Demonio)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Mark of the Devil?
Mark of the Devil is a Mexican horror film released earlier this year. It is currently available to watch on Netflix, that follows the latest supernatural encounter of exorcists Tomás and Karl.
After reading what they believe to be an ancient version of the Necronomicon, the elder daughter (Camila) of the Cueva family is possessed by an ancient and evil demon. Which slowly begins to corrupt and control its host. Unable to repair this terrible error in judgement herself, and return the demon to whence it came, the youngest sister (Fernanda) is forced to turn to the exorcists for help to save not only her sister. But their entire family and all that she loves.
What type of genre is the film?
Mark of the Devil is classed as a horror film.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
Alternatively, you can find the film’s listing on Netflix here.
When was Mark of the Devil released?
The film was released in January this year (2020).
How long is the film?
The film is eighty minutes long.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Mark of the Devil?
I will rarely watch something in its eternity and at the end, say to myself ‘that’s x amount of time I am never getting back’, but unfortunately I did with this film. What looks like a run of the mill kick back and chill horror in the trailer turns out to be a poorly delivered disappointment in every sense of the word. From the generic script to actors who only seem to have one facial expression amongst them, all the way up to plot twists, you can see a mile off. There is nothing that makes this film unique or that really keeps you engaged. Whether you are watching the original Mexican/Spanish or English dubbed.
Some of the ‘plot twists’ that seemed to be thrown in more for dramatic effect. As opposed to being adequately integrated and written in - in a meaningful way. Are:
Karl is possessed by a demon himself who just so happens to be the brother of the demons terrorising the de la Cueva family (yet this is only mentioned right at the end).
The use of a Necronomicon is just thrown into the story like ‘oh, we found a Necronomicon, let’s read it.’ With the name, Necronomicon used multiple times without any real understanding of what it is or what it can do (even though the youngest daughter especially, tries to portray herself as a highly educated scholar on the subject).
These main twists are so poorly integrated into everything else they appear more like afterthoughts as opposed to foundations on which everything else was built.
In addition to the main plots, although the film is a 15 age rating when it comes to the combat and graphic scenes in the movie instead of being able to see what is occurring, the film quite often pans out. You hear events unfold, and then you pan back into the shot to see person x is now dead. These sort of overly edited scenes can kill the pacing and raise more questions than answers.
Overall this was one big disappointment, after disappointment that at best, I would class as a made for television film. And it pains me people tag this as a horror. Avoid at all costs. No if, buts or whens. No attempt like usual to find a redeeming quality for the film - avoid it.
What rating would you give Mark of the Devil?
I would rate Mark of the Devil as a 1.6 out of 5 bananas.
Unfortunately, Mark of the Devil, is a film riddled with plot holes, flaws and poor acting that I can not really endorse as worth a watch. I would highly suggest looking at alternatives first, such as The Rite (2011), The Conjuring (2013) or even the old classic The Exorcist (1974).
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Mark of the Devil and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.