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El segundo nombre (Second Name)

by on Nov.14, 2009, under Daily Review

After the suicide of her father, Daniella (Erica Prior) seeks an explanation and encounters more than she expected. With a conspiracy flowing back hundreds of years, rooted deeply in the bible, she finds there are some very SegundoNombre1dark secrets buried by her friends and family and one in particular, her own origin, buried in her garden. Can anyone be trusted?

The story is excellent, which can only be expected, based on the novel by Ramsey Campbell, the worlds leading master of horror in the literary world. The direction is also good with a steady pace and some very nice looking shots and scenes. Paco Plaza, famous for REC, it’s easy to see that this film has a lot of talent behind the camera, but is badly let down by the cast. The leading actress, although offering one of the best performances in this movie, I believe isn’t strong enough to carry the film alone, although she shines in many of the scenes. Denis Rafter stands out with a memorable disturbing performance as an old family friend/Uncle. It’s incredibly easy to enjoy this film, to allow the acting to be won over with a great look and feel by direction, choreography and plot. It’s the desire to know and unravel as the story feeds the viewer. The conspiracy is very clever, fresh and original. There’s also something very Friedkin about this film, its pace and film stock maybe.

The novel is a definite on any horror fans list.

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Week 3

by on Nov.14, 2009, under 365 Schedule

Andrew Prine is here! OK, this week we have a few treats. The Prine trilogy will be stunning, and the other 4 which i’ve picked out will hopefully be entertaining. I’ve had a few other suggestions too for the coming months. Val Lewton week, as mentioned by Ramsey – I’ll drop this in early in the New Year. Zombie month i think will be December (to tie in with the whole rising from the dead thing) so a full list of the 31 will be posted soon. (post comments and suggestions). Ah, also, some Christmas horror movies will be in there too, so maybe not 31 Zombie films, maybe 28 with 3 Santa Gore movies. (Wouldn’t ‘Santa Gore’ be a great name for a film?:)

Week 3:-

Second Name

Martyrs

The Wicker Man (included out of respect for Edward Woodward’s passing)

Haute Tension (Switchblade Romance)

Grizzly (Prine 1)

The Evil (Prine 2)

Simon, King of the Witches (Prine 3)

The Innocents

That’s it for now. Keep the comments and recommendations coming in.

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