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Atrocious is a gruesome, mind-bending thriller shot in a style reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. The horror film excerpts found footage from a film reel recovered by Spanish police, documenting a family of five discovering the truth behind a dangerous urban legend. The 37 hours of found footage follow Cristian and July Quintanilla passing time at their summer home by investigating a terrifying and mysterious urban legend. As their investigation intensifies, strange occurrences in and
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The filmmaker is betting the bank on the unstable Blair Witch textures, and damn if subjective footage of implacable darkness, with screams coming from the woods you can barely see, doesn't still make your motor neurons jump, spark, and tingle.
there just isn't enough substance to stretch it out to a feature-length film
Effectively creepy and impressively atmospheric, this is an enjoyable, well made Spanish horror that demonstrates that there's still life in the found footage format...
The film, shot through the siblings' video cameras, is obviously cheaply made. Still, it rachets up the tension better than most of its genre.
The kids are screaming and the camera joggles us to the point of nausea but, at the end, the film's big reveal is just a cheap, dull shimmer.
Even if one or two things don't add up come the final twist, you're still in for a jittery hour.
Perhaps it is more an ingenious footnote than a radical game-changer in the shakicam subgenre, but it certainly marks Luna as a new talent to watch.
Fans of low-budget indie horror might be able to forgive it, but for the rest of us it frustratingly squanders some eerie promise.
This Spanish-language creep-out feels like a road we've been down before.
Stylishly directed and palpably frightening because it leaves more to your imagination than most horror films do.
Thankfully, writer/director Fernando Barreda Luna knows enough about building suspense to overcome the movie's many shortcomings.
Atrocious is a primer on how NOT to make a found footage horror movie. The title is depressingly accurate.
The scares - though effective, even chilling - come in scarce fits and starts...
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