- Henry Northmore
- 19 June 2008
This article is from 2008.
(Isidro Ortiz, Spain) 91min
Once again Spain is proving to be a breeding ground for newly discovered horror talent. Isidro Ortiz puts in his most satisfying feature yet as paranoia and the old staple of something lurking in the woods are brought into sharp focus.
Teenager Santi (Junio Valverde) suffers from photophobia and moves, with his mother (Blanca Suárez), to the Spanish mountains to avoid the sunlight. Soon livestock and local inhabitants start turning up in a state of mutilation and the villagers jump to conclusions. But is there something else skulking in the forest?
It may not have the visual flourish of Pan’s Labyrinth or the intense claustrophobia of [REC] and there are a couple of glaring plot holes, but this is an efficient ‘monster in the woods’ chiller with a few stand-out moments of creepiness.
Cameo, Wed 25 Jun, midnight; Sat 28 Jun, 9.15pm, £8 (£6.40).