Spanish Serial-Killer Movie, Hong Kong Action Movie and New Irish Horror – The Films Of Fantasia Fest Part 2


I first heard of this Spanish serial-killer movie last year. Like a lot of films in this list, I have mentioned it before as one to watch out for.

The reviews that I have read for the film have all been really positive. The look of the poster design and all of the set-pics that I have seen give-off a strong True Detective Season 1 vibe. And I wasn’t wrong, a lot of critics and reviewers also made the same comparison, not that it’s a rip-off, but if you liked True Detective then chances are you’re going to enjoy Marshland

Official Plot
Set in the year 1980. Two ideologically opposed homicide detectives from Madrid are reprimanded and sent to a forgotten town on the Guadalquivir Marshes to investigate the disappearance and murder of two teenage girls during the town’s festivities. Together they will have to overcome their differences and face the heartless killer that has been murdering teenagers in the town for years

Another one that has been featured on Moviehooker before. Shrew’s Nest is another Spanish film, this time a claustrophobic horror movie that co-stars one of my favourite actors from foreign language cinema..the man with the hypnotic eyebrows…Mr Luis Tosar (Cell 211, Sleep Tight, El Nino).

Official Plot
The film is set in the 1950s. Montse (Macarena Gómez) has lost her youth taking care of younger sister Nia (Nadia de Santiago), both locked in a dark apartment in the center of Madrid. Their mother died during Nia’s birth and their father (Luis Tosar) ran away, unable to handle the situation. And so, forced to act as father, mother and older sister, Montse hides from reality, feeding an obsessive, unhinged temperament. She suffers from agoraphobia and her only link to reality is Nia. That link breaks when Carlos (Hugo Silva), a neighbor of them, falls off the stairs and looks for help knocking on the only door he can drag himself towards. Someone has entered the shrew’s nest, and might not come out again.

It is an awesome feeling when you’re writing about new films to watch out for, then you find out that some of them are made right here in Ireland.

There has been a huge increase in Irish independent film-making, we are getting to see some great new talent as well as impressive, bigger budgeted second features from already established Irish directors.

Official Plot (imdb)
Faith’s world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches’ coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying. Offering to cure her father in exchange for a child, Sissy strikes a bargain with Faith, who suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that’s growing at an alarming rate. But with the clock to the child’s birth ticking down and the true intention of Sissy’s plans for humanity becoming more apparent, Faith and her father must stand together in order to save both their lives.

Back in the 80’s, director Ringo Lam dominated the Hong Kong action scene. This will be his first feature in almost a decade and the man is taking us back to the streets of Hong Kong for new explosive action thriller Wild City.

Official Plot (IMDb)
A cop-turned-bar owner befriends a drunken woman at closing hours and finds himself pursued by her former lover and the thugs he employs. The chase turns deadly when the bar owner’s deadbeat brother and a suitcase full of cash enter the picture.

New dark fantasy film from Denmark about a girl who has a gift to make people feel ashamed of themselves by staring directly into their souls.

The film is directed by Kenneth Kainz (PARTERAPI) and the script was penned by Anders Thomas Jensen (ADAM’S APPLES, BROTHERS, AFTER THE WEDDING).

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned to be hooked up with part 3

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