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Fantastic Fest 2022 – Everyone Will Burn – Hell Hath No Fury Like A Mother Scorned

September 24, 2022
Everyone will burn

Few films are as difficult to define as Everyone Will Burn (Y todos arderán) by David Hebrero. Many films advertise that they blur genres, but few actually do. Lynchian surrealism, Aronofsky’s dark allegories, and even Shyamalan’s best are examples of true genres. Everyone Will Burn is an unexpected delight of melodramatic soap operas, hellish fantasy and apocalyptic prophecy. In a sea of ​​similar films, Hebrero’s vision is unique.

A grieving mother prepares to end her life after the death of her son. Then, a mysterious young girl appears as if from Earth itself. Covered in mud and enigmatically silent, she forces María José to choose another path. Unfortunately, the new path opposes him to his small village of Leon, in Spain. The young girl gives María José a purpose, but unfortunately, she may announce a prophecy of the end of days. As the city’s secrets are unraveled, the bowels of Hell open up to swallow their sins whole.

Initially intending to take the disheveled girl to the authorities, plans change when the nearly silent child calling herself Lucia, shows the ability to protect María José. Instead of proceeding with caution as the situation should have warranted, she brings Lucia home and, eventually, all hell breaks loose. The town struggles to stem the cursed tide, but their past actions leave María José and the entire town vulnerable.

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Everyone has something to hide in this small town. Some are as simple as little white lies, while others are enormities of religious impropriety, and then there’s the constant bullying of a boy that resulted in his death. No one is innocent in this Spanish Peyton Place, where no one has clean hands. Maria Jose is a complex character who walks the line between willfully ignorant, wrathful, and hopelessly desperate.

Hebrero’s film cleverly takes the over-the-top angle of the prophecy and flips it on its head. What if Damien was the protagonist? It’s hard to argue against María José and her fate considering everything we see in Everyone Will Burn. This new angle makes the story interesting, but also helps mask some of the more ridiculous plot beats that could hurt plausibility. In the end, it’s hard to tell if she made the wrong decision as the town is mired in petty squabbles, political intrigues, and bitter pancake battles.

Everyone will burn

There’s a comedic undertone to it, almost like a telenovela accidentally winds up spinning on a horror movie set. However, rather than detracting from the film’s overall cohesion, the end result is something so unique that you can’t help but appreciate it. There are shocking moments of violence punctuated with unexpected humor, and Everyone Will Burn reads like a cursed big movie, like Thinner, with tinges of classic possession movies.

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Macarena Gómez (María José) throws herself with unbridled abandon into the title role, oscillating between a feverish believer and a titled bad actor. Life has not been good for her. His fellow citizens are deceitful turds who leave more stains than kindness in their wake. Sofía García (Lucia) is effective as the creepy kid you can’t bring yourself to hate or embrace. Gómez and García are a great duo of nervous energy and powerful ambiguity. The pair perfectly balances their duality. They demonstrate both a barely mastered power and a fragile susceptibility.

The subtitles let the film down in places, and there’s a decidedly non-inclusive undercurrent about dwarfism that will make North Americans uncomfortable but makes sense in the context of Everyone Will Burn. . Nonetheless, these straightforward choices help us stay firmly, albeit uncomfortably, on Lucia and María José’s side.

Ona Isart’s camera work makes good use of the colorful village. Some excellent aerial camera angles elongate the inherent weirdness of possession films. It’s a lovely film, if a bit confusing, especially as the film heads towards its conclusion. The color saturation meant to inform the finale challenges our understanding of what’s going on.

The sound work is particularly good, overwhelming you with disgusting scares and anxiety-inducing noises. They make something as mundane as a toilet flush eerie. Joan Vilà’s musical choices lean towards the melodramatic and signal what is happening. There are some pacing issues. Things stall a little when they should be ramping up, and the whole movie could have been cut by about twenty minutes, but the line of action is so fun you forgive the indiscretions.

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Debuting in North America at Fantastic Fest 2022, Everyone Will Burn never forgets its fun side. Like some of the great dark comics, The Witches of Eastwick and Parasite, there’s a mean-spirited nastiness to the laughs that play up the horror well. It’s a little scary, a little funny and more than a little dramatic. The only thing it isn’t is expected.

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Tracy Palm Tree

As the editor of Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the editor.

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