In the film, we follow the strange events of a city far from civilization, located in the interior of Argentina. In it, two brothers try to get rid of a man infected by the devil. However, the attempt goes wrong and they end up spreading even more evil.
The “bizarre universe” in which “The Evil That Habits Us” takes place draws the public’s attention. In it, the rules we know for “fighting evil” are quite different. This distances it from what we are used to with generic horror features.
What many don’t know is that Demián Rugna’s inspiration was something very real. In an interview during Fantastic Fest, he says he was inspired by a news story about pesticides that cause health problems for residents of Argentine plantation regions.
The owners of these lands contaminate the land with glyphosate to kill pests, these are pesticides. Many people who work in the fields end up being diagnosed with cancer. You will probably see a child with cancer because they are hard workers. Nobody talks about it.
The director also explains that he wanted to focus on places far from urban areas to show the difficulties that people would face in finding, for example, an exorcist. “When I decided to make an exorcism film, I thought, ‘Okay, but what happens if people can’t find a priest? All exorcism films take place in a big city, a big house. But what happens if They’re in the middle of nowhere, in a poor house, where no one cares? Even the landowner wants to get rid of them. That happens in my country all the time. Not the demons, but the rest.”