Demonte Colony – India, 2015 – reviews

Demonte Colony is a 2015 Indian Tamil horror feature film about four drunken friends who visit a haunted mansion and return with an evil spirit in tow.

Written and directed by R.Ajay Gnanamuthu (Vikram 58; Imaikkaa Nodigal), the Sri Thenandal Films and Mohana Movies production stars Arulnithi, Ramesh Thilak, Sananth Reddy, M.S. Bhaskar, Jangiri Madhumitha and Yogi Babu.

Plot:

After a night of drinking, four friends are stranded due to rain. When one of them suggests they do something thrilling, another friend, an aspiring director, suggests they check out a dilapidated mansion in the vicinity, called Demonte Colony. Even though they are reluctant, the other two end up joining in. Only later do all of them realise they have fallen into a trap that could prove to be fatal…

Reviews:

“Brilliantly written and executed, gripping and refreshing, Demonte Colony is a must-watch for lovers of the genre” The New Indian Express, read more

“In spite of losing punch towards the end, Demonte Colony is one those rare films where thought, writing and execution come together admirably with the ingenious set-pieces and smart technical support proving to be a solid backbone.” Piping Hot, read more

“Gnanamuthu’s Demonte Colony is a refreshing change — it is a pure horror film with no frills attached (forget comedy, the film does not even have a heroine!), and this alone makes us want to appreciate the director. The film does indulge in the clichés that beset the horror genre but it is the way in which the film is made that gives it a different tone.” Times of India, read more

Cast and characters:

  • Arulnithi as Srinivasan
  • Ramesh Thilak as Vimal
  • Sananth Reddy as Raghavan
  • Abishek Joseph George as Sajith
  • Antil Jaaskalinen as John Demonte
  • Helen Taylor as Demonte’s wife
  • M. S. Bhaskar as the astrologer
  • Singampuli as film producer
  • Jangiri Madhumitha as Jillu
  • Yogi Babu as guy in browsing centrer
  • Kalaiyarasan as Naadi Josiyar’s assistant
  • Aranthai K. Rajagopal As Jillu’s husband
  • Master Ray Paul as a Rich kid
  • Meena Venuri as Rich kid’s mother
  • Inigo Marivalan as TV installation guy
  • Devaprabhu as TV installation guy
  • Arunpandian as Food delivery boy
  • Viji Kanna as Indian caretaker
  • Ram Vaitheeswaran (guest appearance)

Technical details:

  • 116 minutes
  • Audio: Dolby Atmos

Trivia:

At one point, the four main characters watch Ju-on: The Grudge (2002).

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