Friday, November 18, 2011


(2010) ***

While on holiday siblings and amateur paranormal enthusiasts Christian and July Quintanilla decide to investigate the “Legend of the girl in the Garraf woods”, a large overgrown maze of a garden where a young girl once disappeared that just so happens to abut the Quintanilla’s remote countryside home. Christian and July both record everything that they do with the hope of creating a television special. On the 5th day, however, they are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Atrocious presents the last 5 days of their lives.

Atrocious is another solid found footage indie film. Although these films are increasingly following a very basic formula (i.e. people are found dead and their final days are documented on film or video), it’s an effective formula that I’m currently digging, a lot. I went through a similar phase with J-horror up until recently. Atrocious is a tight, 75-minute story that rarely drags, although there were a few moments that seemed to go on a smidge too long. The Spanish setting (Sitges) is perfect and the garden labyrinth puts The Shining maze to shame.


Johnny Sweatpants said...

Good lord, another found footage haunting movie? At this point I need to see four stars before I even consider taking the plunge. I will definintely check out The Tunnel though!

Catfreeek said...

Yet another film I have never heard of, you really dug deep this year. It took me a minute to realize that was a knife in that last pic, at first I thought it was a crab leg.

Octopunk said...

I thought it was a doll's arm!

It seems these ffooties are the new reality show -- except I don't automatically hate them. Not as cheap to write, of course, but probably way cheaper to produce than regular cinema.

I probably would have missed it if this hadn't been parked atop the blog all weekend, but Atrocious is kind of a silly title for a horror movie. You don't think so at first, but unlike, say, Insidious, which implies menace and suspence, "Atrocious" is all up in your face. Why not call it "Horrible!"