PENUMBRA was good. More blackly comic than scary, with an enjoyably snarky and venomous performance from leading lady Cristina Brondo. Sadly, the film was slightly marred by some truly atrocious subtitles, filled with spelling and grammar errors. Still, a clever little film.
Shocktober 2015 - 31 Nations Of Fear Film #19
Superstition, a solar eclipse, strange rituals. An intriguing Argentinian mystery from Adrian Garcia Bogliano, director of COLD SWEAT and HERE COMES THE DEVIL. This has an off-kilter, deviant vibe, measured suspense and an intentional oddness as it gradually peels away layers revealing a darker, more devious side as it shifts gears from thriller to fright film and eventually something more chilling and cryptic and as such shares some common ground with the upcoming THE INVITATION.
"Penumbra" is a seriously slow burn, a stark contrast to the sledgehammer style of "Cold Sweat." The Boglianos have followed up the success of that film with something that has a similar tone and look, but a much more restrained style and a lot more humor.
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One-Line Review: It’s an interesting examination of the Spanish-Argentine dynamic but many other recent co-productions layer horror, colonial antagonism and modern Latin America’s socioeconomic climate better than this does, combine that with its failings as a horror film and it becomes quite bothersome indeed.
Full Mini-Review here: themovierat.com/2015/09/14/mini-review-review/
Watchable enough, but eminently disappointing when you think of the many horror movies that utilise similar elements.
Now i loved this films directors last film, 'sudor frio', so i was looking forward to this. And it doesn't fail in its mission to slowly crank up the tension and occasionally confuse you.
A woman, who is a complete bitch from the start, is brokering a deal with someone to rent a flat just as an eclipse is going to start. Alas people keep turning up at the flat and not leaving and none of them seem to know…
March Around The World 2015 Challenge film #11.
while it possesses an unconvincing output, it has a high potential to extend itself further. sometimes, there is a clear understanding between the filmmaker and the viewer to take it as it is.
i'd rather take this any other day rather than forced logic. it reminds me of Oates's Don't Blink where people were greatly unsatisfied removing themselves from the silly experience of movie logic.
yes, great faults here but there is entertainment in a hated lead and in the execution of such.
It's been an incredible year of horror discoveries for myself. Mike Flanagan, Zack Parker, Jennifer Kent, and now Adrián García Bogliano, each of these voices bring something bold and original to the table, and all are well on their way to becoming masters of the genre.
This one pulls the rug out from under you on more than one occasion, and Bogliano is at no time, not in complete control. Good stuff.
Cristina Brondo is damn hot!!! This is first horror movie from Argentina i ever saw.
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J'aimais bien le personnage principal, une femme moderne antipathique qui n'hésite pas à utiliser son teaser de poche contre les itinérants, mais le film est boff. Personnellement, on m'a appris au primaire qu'il ne fallait pas faire de fin ''ce n'était qu'un rêve" à une histoire, mais on dirait que les scénaristes de films d'horreur ou de thriller ne s'en tane pas, moi oui. Je m'attendais à vraiment plus original comme punch final.
Avis aux intéressés, les décoltés sont profonds.
yes the protagonist is racist and small minded but its awesome to watch her downfall. LOVED it!! everything she did to screw others came back t her ( tea bags) - overall enjoyed every minute of it. Better then 1/2 the trash produced by studios these days
The most boring possible combination of House of the Devil and Locke.
And I already think House is really damn boring!
One of the worst protagonists I've seen since Far Cry 3's. She is a huge, annoying, screeching asshole to everyone who spends about half the movie having crappy conversations on her cell phone.
There are other people in this movie and people die and it is way less interesting and tense than Locke, a movie with one dude in…