Our lucky winner for the Phase 7 DVD is Saturday World, so please join me in giving him a mighty congrats! The DVD should be sent out on Monday and thanks again to everyone who entered.
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!
As always I want to give a huge thanks to our friends over at Platform Media Group and The Collective for allowing me an advanced screening of their latest in the Bloody Disgusting Selects Night Terrors Series, Coldfish.
Coldfish is directed by Shion Sono (Suicide Club) and is based on a true story. The story deals with mild mannered fish shop owner, Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), who is living a quiet if perhaps unhappy life. His wife, Takeo (Megumi Kagurazaka) has been at times physically attacked by her teenaged stepdaughter, Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara) who obviously resents not only Takeo but Shamoto as well. So it’s safe to say that Shamoto’s home life is less than ideal. Then Mitsuko is caught shoplifting which leads all three to come into contact with the larger than life character of Yukio Murata (Denden) who not only is kind enough to get Mitsuko’s shoplifting charges dropped but gives her a job at his own fish shop, a much bigger and far more successful business than Shamoto’s own. I don’t want to step too far into spoiler territory but believe me when I say this turns out to be the worst thing to ever happen to the family.
This film is incredibly well shot and I can not praise the principal actors enough. Though Mitsuru as Shamoto does such wonderful job of making you feel every excruciating decision he has to make throughout the film, I feel that Denden kind of steals the show as the seemingly friendly business owner who is quick to help out others.
I have to warn you though, this is a very brutal film in terms of gore and sexuality, it’s disturbing but I think that is what a horror film should be. It’s not about supernatural monsters this time, these monsters are the ones that scare me the most, the type of people who just might be your neighbor…and when you see what they are really like…Brrr.
Cold Fish kind of reminded me a little of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs from back in 1971. Shion Sono’s film is one of those movies that I kind of wished I would have been able to see with friends, if I was lucky enough to have a participating AMC Theatre, so that after the movie we could all just talk about it for a couple of hours.
“Cold Fish from Sion Sono, the director of LOVE EXPOSURE and SUICIDE CLUB. COLD FISH has won acclaim at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In the film, mild-mannered Shamoto’s teenage daughter gets caught shoplifting. A generous fellow fish-store owner and his wife appear to help resolve the situation by having her work at their fish store. Too good to be true? You bet! Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth about this seemingly perfect couple…who inextricably weave him into their grisly rituals. Inspired by true events, COLD FISH is a twisted, brutal, blood-soaked drama that reveals the underlying insanity of an ordinary man pushed well beyond the brink.”
Now if you are like me and sadly not near a participating AMC Theatre, Cold Fish will hit store shelves on August 23rd!