The Devil’s Child is a film about an American nurse who is haunted by childhood trauma when she is employed at a remote house to care for a sinister old man with psychic powers.
Director David Bohórquez uses his basic film editing skills to create a horror film that unlocks great suspense for viewers. The Knockturnal spoke with director David Bohórquez about the film and his experiences when creating.
The Knockturnal: In the movie The Devil’s Child, we see the nurse being haunted by childhood trauma. Do you think that if we as a people do not handle childhood trauma it can limit our growth?
David Bohórquez: Yes, it is true that a childhood trauma can limit our personal growth. However, there are many life stories that are proof that you can get over it with effort and achieve your goals if you work for it.
The Knockturnal: At Lasalle college’s graphic design program, what tools did you use when creating this horror film?
David Bohórquez: At LaSalle College, I learned very practical things such as using Photoshop, digital photography, the basics of film editing, etc Skills that definitely help me to produce my films.
The Knockturnal: How is this movie alike or different from other movies you have directed?
David Bohórquez: The similarities are that it falls under the horror genre and the special care of the esthetic that I generally have in my films. On the other hand, compared to my previous films The Devil’s Child has a simpler narrative with very few dialogues, I tried to make this a very “visual” film.
The Knockturnal: Although Ms. Namoi cannot have children, and the nurse was not being adopted when she was younger. Can you further explain the relationship between the nurse and Ms. Naomi and its progression over time?
David Bohórquez: The Hallawel family always knew where Cherry was. They waited until she was an adult to use her as the key to survival of their kind.
The Knockturnal: Is a horror film just supposed to make the audience feel scared or startled? Can you discuss the purpose of horror films?
David Bohórquez: Not necessarily, I personally don’t try too hard to be scary. It is in part what people expect from a horror film but I have used the genre and some cliché elements to get some attention and at the end trying different things in the narrative.
The Knockturnal: Where can people find the movie and when is the release date?
David Bohórquez: The film will release On Demand & Streaming May 7th, 2021 from Vertical Entertainment.