Written and directed by R. Ajay Gnanamuthu, Demonte Colony is a Tamil horror thriller that released on May 22, 2015. Produced by M.K. Tamilarasu and Mohana Movies, this crisply written horror film is so exquisitely executed that it keeps viewers glued to the screen.
This fictional story set at the Demonte Colony in Alwarpet, Chennai is a pure and unadulterated horror movie by the debutante director. Starring Arulnithi (playing Srinivasan), Ramesh Thilak (playing Vimal), Sanath (playing Raghavan), and Abhishek Joseph (playing Sajith), Demonte Colony also features MS Bhaskar (playing Josier), Inigo (playing Captain), Jangiri Madhumitha (playing Jillu), Arun Pandian (playing the midnight “masala” person), Singampuli (in a guest appearance), and Ram Vaitheeswaran (in another guest appearance).
The editing table has been manned by Bhuvan Srinivasan and the cinematography has been handled by Aravind Singh. The music has been scored by Keba Jeremiah.
Inspired by true happenings occurring around a seemingly haunted Chennai neighborhood, this movie shows a colony at the center of the city that has remained deserted due to myriad strange tales involving a tragic past. Moving at a deliberate slow pace, Demonte Colony keeps viewers involved with the characters throughout the script. The excellent narrative technique and writing skills of the first-time director stand out while Arulnithi and Ramesh Thilak deliver good performances. Mostly shot in a single room with no unnecessary build-up of gruesome ghosts, the director is successful in the skillful creation of an eerie atmosphere. The ambience involves incessant rain, unsophisticated characters, an aura of subtle menace, and an underlying sense of truth.
The refreshing Demonte Colony is a brave debut by Ajay Gnanamuthu. It is a must-watch for lovers of horror movies as it sincerely attempts to scare viewers throughout its crisp length of 116 minutes. The pacing, sound, lighting, and camera shine as the director aims to make viewers petrified and nervous of the dead and the dark.