Spanish-born writer-director Adrián García Bogliano is not intending to abandon the horror genre any time soon. “For many other directors I think it’s a step for something else,” the director of the chilling Penumbra and the Nick Damici-starring werewolf tale Late Phases told EW at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. “My goal is to be a Master of Horror.”
Bogliano’s latest step towards Master-dom is Scherzo Diabolico, about a schoolgirl (Daniela Soto Vell) whose kidnapping by an accountant (Francisco Barreiro) has consequences that are decidedly horrific — if also a little bit funny.
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“The comic elements are there but they are weird,” Bogliano admitted. “You don’t know whether you should laugh or not. To me, the biggest inspiration in that sense is the Coen brothers. I mean, Fargo is a black comedy but when you see the film you probably laugh two times in the whole movie.”
Scherzo Diabolico is released on VOD and digital platforms on May 3. You can exclusively see the film’s trailer, above.