Directed and written by Fernando Barreda Luna, Atrocious, is a Spanish “Found Footage” horror film in the mold of Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, and of course the Blair Witch Project.
Cristian and July (Pronounced Julie) are two teenagers who run their own little website documenting local paranormal legends, so when they go on a Family vacation to their Summer home in Sitges they are determined to make the best of it by deciding to investigate the Legend of the Girl in the Garraf woods. We are told by Cristian that it is has been claimed a little girl went wandering in the Garraf woods and became hopelessly lost and died somehow. The Legend claims that when you are lost in those woods the spirit of the little girl will appear to lead the wanderer out safely.
After settling in the two teenagers are interested in the old rusted and quite locked gate that leads to an immense hedge maze on the property. Though they are forbidden from entering it by their parents…which of course means they have to investigate and document it with their video cameras.
The next day their investigation is fueled with the help of a friend of the family who informs them during a video “interview” that there are variations on this Legend, that the girl wandered through the forest and plunged to her death in an abandoned well, and that he was made by his own Father to swear not to ever enter the woods.
This just makes the kids want to investigate the woods all the more, the location of the hedge maze naturally…where they discover…an abandoned well. The movie while being an indie film does a fantastic job of ramping up the tension, and I’m not kidding when I say the last 30 minutes is a continuous heart pounding finale. The ending, well, I’ve not had chills like that since the ending of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Atrocious hits participating AMC Theatres today and yet again I am envious of those that can see this with an audience!