barbaro“La Cosa Mas Preciada” (The Most Precious Thing)

“La Cosa Mas Preciada” (The Most Precious Thing) is the fourth story to be told, and is by Isaac Ezban. At first glance this may look like a high-school film project, meeting somewhere halfway between a terrible soap opera and as if someone just discovered the ‘filter’ functions on a movie editor. The film is shot in a sort of sepia tone, with flickers of false-effects to indicate an ageing film reel, even though it is shot in HD. Once you see past these presumably intentionally bad elements, which only appear out of place in contract to the stories prior to it, you can have a lot of fun with this one.

It follows a young couple, as they escape to the woods for a bit of solitude; the girl in question has more of a romantic agenda, compared to the boy who simply wants to get laid. What materialises next is nothing short of bizarre, in an incredible parody of classic B-Movie horror. Strange prosthetics, copious amounts of screaming, idiotic characters, unexplained ‘things’ and an unhealthy amount of yellow custardy goo – all mashed together to create a story that makes very little sense. You feel bad for laughing, as it still manages to somehow maintain a level of harrowing bleakness, but it’s impossible not to chuckle along.

By M. Blakeway (@movieblort)

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short2Lo Que Importa Es Lo De Adentro” (It’s the inside what matters),
Lex Ortega’s short story was up next, “Lo Que Importa Es Lo De Adentro” (It’s The Inside What Matters), and this brought a shift in tone that was absolutely needed. Addressing the worldwide fictional childhood nightmare of ‘The Bogeyman’, it centres on a little girl called Laura who stares out of her window every day, repeating the words, “Bogeyman, Bogeyman, Bogeyman”, much to the annoyance of her mother.
Taking place in the city, it is set against a grim, unforgiving grey backdrop of concrete; it is the perfect place to introduce Ortegas take on this infamous figure. The bloody and uncomfortable outcomes keep in tune with the traditional tales of what will happen if the Bogeyman ‘gets’ you, but who the Bogeyman is, why he does it, how often and what he actually wants are aspects perhaps not made that obvious at first. Solid performances all round, convincing gore and a chilling, albeit believable story. By the end, the pieces come together, and this tale stands out as one of the more accomplished stories of the anthology.

By M. Blakeway (@movieblort)

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munecas barabaro
Muñecas (Dolls)
A great little short, that seems to lead you off somewhere but shifts the entire premise when you least expect it. I have to commend Jorge Michel Grau for that, it was unexpected.

This segment opens with a woman, waist-deep in swamp-like waters and in harsh, bleak conditions. There is no explanation, her wrists are bloodied as if they were bound by barbed- wire, she has escaped from someone holding her captive and the killer is out hunting for her.

The opening cinematography was appealing but not sure why Grau choose to do the entire tale in black and white. I would of liked to see a variation, served either in colour or varying between the two.

An odd tale but enjoyable.
By R.Mosalar
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