Devil’s Whisper follows Alejandro Duran, a good, Latin-Catholic boy who aims to be a priest when he grows up. However, after discovering a cross that belonged to his grandfather, Alejandro is thrown into a tornado of teenage hormones, confusing feelings, and memories that refuse to hold their silence any longer.
Devil’s Whisper is a demonic film that brings more to the table than the typical Exorcist clones in a similar way to how The Babadook utilizes its story about a mother and son dealing with a monster to mine deeper concepts. For this reason Devil’s Whisper presents itself as a digestible paranormal horror, but blossoms into a deep, provoking film about the pain of trauma and how it affects the victim and those around them.
As someone who has worked closely with those who have suffered trauma and those who handle such cases professionally, I had a greater appreciation for the attention and sympathy that Devil’s Whisper took with handling these sensitive issues.
There are also some notable, impressive technical aspects, such as casting, making the most out of every scene, using the demon purposefully, and including diversity without making it the main selling point. The family just is a regular family who do normal things and the fact that they are both Latino and American is secondary. Instead of being characterizations of people they just are an American family.
Overall, I highly recommend Devil’s Whisper for its well-crafted horror, deeper storyline, and its presentation of a diverse family in difficult circumstances.