Title: Encosto

Also known as:

Year: 2013

Genre: Short / Horror / Occult

Language: Portuguese

Runtime: 7 min

Director: Joel Caetano

Writer: Joel Caetano


A demon possesses the body of a man after he performs a satanic ritual.

Our thoughts:
"Encosto" is named after a Brazilian demon that takes over your body after its been summoned, and essentially that's the entire plotline of this short film. A guy performs a satanic ritual, and is then later on being taken over by the demon. Fairly plotless, sure, but we're talking about 7 minutes of entertainment here - short films are free to mess around a bit. Especially when it's done with such style as "Encosto".

Stylistically, it relies of being colorful but making sure that the dark is pitch black. A nice contrast, as it brings out the strength of the colors and adds to making it a visual treat - not just a short horror film. But it's in the effect shot that "Encosto" takes shape, and sadly ends way too soon. Filmmaker Joel Caetano acted in Rodrigo Aragão's entertaining monster horror "Night of the Chupacabras" and has been part of his new "Mar Negro" - and Rodrigo actually worked on "Encosto" as the SPFX guy, which was a great surprise to me. You can tell someone with some skill was brought in, as the finale is maintaining a fun style, but still making simplicity work wonders.

The transformation from man to demon is quite interesting and something I hope Joel Caetano will work further on. I can't say that "Encosto" has enough plot to expand into a feature, but the idea and the style of the demon should definitely be recycled in a larger project. The simple fact that the demon is black and takes over half his body (probably more to come) is just surprisingly effective.

Again, it is a shame that it ends in the middle of something great. But it's pleasing as a little tidbit of horror with very few faults. If anything, calling the demon "Satan" puts an unnecessary stamp on it. Whether it is Satan or not, is besides the point. In the end, I am really impressed with what Joel Caetano created for a 7 min short, and hope to see much more from him and the people he has surrounded himself with.

Positive things:
- Great transformation.
- Stylistic and colorful.
- 7 strong minutes.
Negative things:
- It ends when we're the most interested.
- Calling the demon "Satan" puts an unecessary stamp on it.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 3.5/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

We got this movie from:

It can be bought from:

Reviewed by:


Like us on Facebook

Best of 2017
"City of Rott: Streets of Rott" Press Release
Best of 2016
Best of 2015
Underrated Horror Movies That Aren't Underrated: A Halloween List
Howling: Halloween 2015
Amityville: Halloween 2015
A Stephen King Halloween for 2015
"Tales of the Dim" Press Release
Best of 2014
Full Moon Favorites
A '90s Halloween
Best of 2013
A Profane Preview
A Netflix Halloween for 2013
"German Angst" on Kickstarter
The Sexploitation/Erotica List
Ronny's Arthouse Films List #2
Best of 2012
Worst of 2012

Special Feature Archives

1. Okja
2. Lucky
3. 68 Kill
4. Prevenge
5. Shin Godzilla
6. Good Manners
7. Love and Other Cults
8. Get Out
9. It Comes At Night
10. November
Taken from Best of 2017

- Mondo Vision
- Second Run DVD