Devoured – USA, 2012

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‘You will be’

Devoured is a 2012 American horror movie directed by Greg Olliver – his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world premiere on May 6, 2012 at the Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival and stars Marta Milans, Kara Jackson and Bruno Gunn.

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Lourdes (Marta Milans) is a young woman from El Salvador that has come to New York City in hopes of raising enough money to help care for her ill son, who lives with Lourdes’s mother back in her home country. She works in an upscale restaurant where her boss mistreats her, her boss’s boyfriend sexually assaults her, and various men forcefully solicit her for sexual favours.

Lourdes endures all of this as she cannot afford to lose her job and while she is reluctant to prostitute herself, she will do anything in order to raise enough money for her son’s surgery. Her only solace is found in her phone calls to her son in El Salvador and her interactions with Frankie (Bruno Gunn), a firefighter that is the only person in New York who has shown Lourdes any true kindness.

While cleaning the restaurant one night, Lourdes begins to experience strange visions where she sees strange shadowy figures that seem out to get her…

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Reviews:

‘Devoured is a slow burner. You’ve got to have patience with it, but you will be rewarded with a pretty fantastic ending that you won’t see coming. Writer Marc Landau put together a unique tale that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, and Olliver takes a very small cast and brings the story to life. And Milans absolutely carries the picture. Overall, it’s an entertaining film that’ll impress you.’ Dread Central

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Devoured mixes social commentary and dour New York alienation into its character study-cum-psychological horror format. It looks good and is competently acted, but a predictable climax and all-too familiar route getting to that point prevent it from being anything more than a fairly decent watch.’ Sex Gore Mutants

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Devoured is a hugely impressive film on all levels. The cast’s performances are subtle and understated, played with convincing believability but it is Milans who stands out. In a film such as this the lead role is all important (there is barely a scene she is not in) and Milans delivers with brooding intensity.’ Horror Asylum

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