A Real Friend (Películas para no dormir: Adivina quién soy) Reviews
This is another great entry in the 6 Films to Keep You Awake set. It was tense, well-directed and acted and as a horror fan, I loved it. Definitely worth a look.
"A Real Friend" compounds its tedious storytelling by managing to be the most derivative horror film I've ever seen - "Friend" borrows elements from David Lynch, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, and even, God help us, Richard Kelly in telling the story of Estrella, an introverted young girl who loses herself in darkly imaginative flights of fancy with her only "real friend," a direct rip-off of Leatherface from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films.
If the movie focused exclusively on Estrella, "Friend" would have been merely unoriginal and boring. Instead, though, it spins out of control, telling the story of Estrella's unlikable whore mother; a portly, ineffective hitman; a mysterious "vampire" Estrella unwisely befriends; Estrella's idiot teacher; and a bizarre, recurring clown who pops up at weird times.
I found the story to be quite intriguing: A damaged mother who has an addiction to sleeping about is the single parent to a young girl. The young girl is a outcast in school and big horror fan, often imagining the monsters of famous films as her friends who accompany her and protect her. In particular Leatherface and Nosveratu repeatedly turn up. Then she makes friends with a strange man who she insists is a vampire. This "vampire" is also being followed by a another man.
Despite the somewhat interesting story the film is mainly just dull. Far too much suspense and scenes of people watching other people and nothing ever gets explained. One example is a clown that appears quickly appears once or twice at different points in the film for no reason. Maybe its supposed to be the clown from Stephen King's IT? And its another of the little girls make believe monster friends? I don't know...
The only part I liked was right at the end when things go crazy even though it made everything even more confusing.
Hardly a "Films to Keep You Awake", its more of a film to make you confused and irritated.
Possibly worth a rental, but don't be surprised if it goes to shit in the last reel.