Scherzo Diabolico is the latest film from Spanish writer/director Adrián García Bogliano, who is making a real name for himself as a genre filmmaker. The vicious horror thriller tells of a man taking extreme actions in an attempt to take control of his own life, and is released on VOD and Digital HD platforms on May 3rd this year.
Bogliano’s already impressive list of directorial credits includes little-seen features Scream the Night, Watch ‘em Die and The Accursed, as well as better-publicised horrors Cold Sweat, Here Comes the Devil and Late Phases. He also helmed the B is for Bigfoot segment in uber-anthology The ABCs of Death.
Scherzo Diabolico screened at a number of 2015’s genre festivals, including Mexico’s Morbido Festival, London’s Film 4 Frightfest and Manhattan’s Tribeca Festival, where it had its world premiere. The synopsis goes like this:
Aram (Francisco Barreiro; We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil) is a low-paid accountant living an unbearably dull existence. With a nagging wife who berates him for not being assertive enough, he quietly suffers while awaiting a long-deserved promotion. But there’s more to Aram than his quiet demeanor lets on: He has been secretly devising a scheme to finally get what he feels he is owed.
One day he asserts his power menacingly when he kidnaps a schoolgirl (Daniela Solo Vell) and keeps her tied up in an abandoned warehouse. But what seems like the perfect plan soon unravels into his worst nightmare, and his carefully constructed scheme comes crashing down piece by bloody piece.
In this twisted thriller, Bogliano uses his startling visionary style to subvert genre conventions while constantly keeping us guessing as to what will happen next in what becomes a gritty game of cat and mouse.