Posts Tagged ‘Spain’
The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue was an Italian/Spanish originally know as Non Si Deve Profanare Il Sonno Dei Morti (literally ‘Do Not Speak Ill Of The Dead’) and is known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie and Don’t Open The Window in the US.
Made in 1974 it sits, both in content and style, on the border between old school Hammer-type horror of the 60s and the video nasty era of the 80s. There’s plenty of gut-ripping lurid special effects set within something that harks back to an earlier age, plus it’s non-British origins give it a strange, pretty much unique tone. Read the rest of this entry »
You name your film, and heavily feature in the plot, a dubious sex act, add lashings of drink and drugs and the old ultra-violence and of course you are hopefully going to get some free publicity by riling the writers and readers of the Daily Hate / Mail. Well the film makers of Donkey Punch achieved that, as this hilariously wrong-footed article by Amanda Platell (the small-minded, little-Englander’s crumpet) shows. But annoying the Mail doesn’t take much and it’s a pity that the film isn’t as nasty or freaky or edgy as it could have been, being – for a low budget horror film – rather middle of the road; Dead Calm with drugs. Really Ms Platell, it that actually is the ‘vilest film’ you have seen, you really ought to get out more.
This is quite simply a masterpiece. Guillermo del Toro takes an incredible fantasy story and then makes it something very special by embedding it in a harsh historical story. In 1944 post-Civil War Fascist Spain a young girl, Ofelia, obsessed with fairy tales, along with her pregnant mother, travels to an old mill in the middle of the forest to live with her new step-father a ruthless Captain in the army. There are still rebels hidden in the woods and they are aided by the servant Mercedes who Ofelia befriends.
One night Ofelia is led by a fairy into a stone labyrinth. There she meets a satyr-like ‘fawn’ who tells her she is actually a princess but most prove her royalty by surviving three arduous tasks. Travelling from fantasy to reality then back again Ofelia tries to survive the evil she battles in both worlds. Read the rest of this entry »