CAST AND CREW
Production: Mohana Movies, Sri Thenandal Films
Direction: Ajay Gnanamuthu
Screenplay: Ajay Gnanamuthu
Story: Ajay Gnanamuthu
Music: Keba Jeremiah
Background score: Keba Jeremiah
Cinematography: Aravinnd Singh
Dialogues: Ajay Gnanamuthu
Editing: Bhuvan Srinivasan
Ajay Gnanamuthu who has had his direction lessons from A R Murugadoss makes his directorial debut through Demonte Colony, a supernatural horror thriller.
Demonte Colony is one of the top haunted areas in Chennai in Alwarpet area and Ajay has used this place to weave a really scary tale involving four friends.
At a time when horror-humor genre rules the turnstiles, Demonte Colony is completely fear centric and does not deviate anywhere. The duration of one hundred and fifteen minutes also helps the team to totally focus on their main premise.
Talking much about the story of any film in a review spoils the fun and when it happens to be a scary thriller, it becomes all the more important not to divulge things. So let’s just say Demonte Colony is about four friends who are basically up to no good but tangle themselves in serious mess, the fall out of which is the film all about.
A lone uninhabited haunted house in pouring rain, beam of light through a candle, screechy noise somewhere, doors and windows behaving weirdly, a mirror that shows a different reflection, sudden burst of sounds are some of the fixtures in a ghost thriller and Demonte Colony also has them. But in addition to these, Ajay brings a few features which are different that makes his debut flick stand out.
Arulnithi, Ramesh Selvan along with debutants Abhishek and Sanath take on the role of four friends. They are apt for their respective characters and Abhishek among the new entrants, makes a mark. The Finnish actor is perfect casting with his sinisterly looks and facial twitches.
The screenplay and writing is pretty neat and has the audience’s attention right through. The unexpected twists shake you up and Ajay keeps us shocked on a regular interval. There is a lot of intelligence revealed in the writing.
In the guise of bowing down to commercial elements, the team has not taken a detour and has mostly adhered to the main line. That said, the presence of the lady character in the film could have been justified better although it was a breather in the heavy scheme of things.
When it comes to a horror thriller, it is imperative that all the knots are untangled properly which could have resulted in a product of sharper finesse.
Demonte Colony is high on fear quotient and scene after scene, especially, in the second half wallops you in unexplainable and paranormal activities going on in the screen. The main man who gives you this feel is undoubtedly music director Keba Jeremiah who with his powerful background score pushes you to the edge of the seat with your heart in your mouth.
Cinematographer Aravinnd Singh’s contribution to bringing out the eerie feel of the film with muted lights is significant. Art director Santhanam must be mentioned for creating the period feel with his set designs. Editor Bhuvan Srinivasan has worked on the cuts diligently.
Toting up, Demonte Colony made by talented technicians is worth a watch when you want to get spooked.
Verdict: A well made paranormal thriller !