Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (El herrero y el diablo) Reviews

  • 2d ago

    A long time fan of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, I admit I'm pretty jaded these days; it takes something original or otherwise exceptional for me to be impressed. This movie fit the bill perfectly. I watched it in the original Basque language with English subtitles, which I think added to the "alien" charm of the story, which had an old-world ring to it without being predictable. This is a dark and yet somehow heart-warming tale. There's action horror and violence here, but they serve the story - rather than being the vehicles upon which the story is told. While no movie is perfect, there's not much I would change about this one. I'm giving it a slightly less-than-perfect score simply because I doubt anyone trusts an anonymous 5/5...

    A long time fan of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, I admit I'm pretty jaded these days; it takes something original or otherwise exceptional for me to be impressed. This movie fit the bill perfectly. I watched it in the original Basque language with English subtitles, which I think added to the "alien" charm of the story, which had an old-world ring to it without being predictable. This is a dark and yet somehow heart-warming tale. There's action horror and violence here, but they serve the story - rather than being the vehicles upon which the story is told. While no movie is perfect, there's not much I would change about this one. I'm giving it a slightly less-than-perfect score simply because I doubt anyone trusts an anonymous 5/5...

  • Apr 27, 2019

    I loved this movie. Some may some may not its a certain taste for sure if you dont like period horror/folk tales you may not it reminds me of brothers grim and sleepy hollow which i also really liked. The cinamatography and atmosphere are beautiful some may say the demons look cheesy or silly but they are based on medievel drawlings, paintings, and woodcuts (many of which i have) and the demon names and ranks are also "real" or at least based on what was written in that period again all of which i find completly fascinating so maybe im baised but i love this errementari the blacksmith and the devil and have watched it more then once and not yet come close to being board with it

    I loved this movie. Some may some may not its a certain taste for sure if you dont like period horror/folk tales you may not it reminds me of brothers grim and sleepy hollow which i also really liked. The cinamatography and atmosphere are beautiful some may say the demons look cheesy or silly but they are based on medievel drawlings, paintings, and woodcuts (many of which i have) and the demon names and ranks are also "real" or at least based on what was written in that period again all of which i find completly fascinating so maybe im baised but i love this errementari the blacksmith and the devil and have watched it more then once and not yet come close to being board with it

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Da gusto poder ver este tipo de producciones aun surgiendo en España. No solo tenemos un gran gusto para tratar el fantástico, sino que además ha surgido todo de la pasión de una persona que sin apenas dinero para comenzar a ido tirando como podía para sacar el película adelante. ¿Y la película? Pues genial en sí. Partiendo de la clásica fábula vasca, nos encontramos con una historia fantástica que trata sobre los rechazados sociales, los prejuicios y las complicaciones del amor. Todo con un buen hacer en lo plástico: muy buena fotografía y edición, pero sobretodo un gran diseño de producción y maquillaje, mucho mejor que algunas grandes producciones hollywoodienses. Tambià (C)n todo un acierto en rodar por completo la película en vasco, aunque quizás lo que me falle sea un poco la dirección de actores; pero estoy seguro que eso es algo en lo que Paul Urkijo necesita ir aprendiendo en siguientes producciones. Ah sí, Eneko Sagardoy se merece un premio su interpretación y me parece muy mal como se la ignoró en los Goyas.

    Da gusto poder ver este tipo de producciones aun surgiendo en España. No solo tenemos un gran gusto para tratar el fantástico, sino que además ha surgido todo de la pasión de una persona que sin apenas dinero para comenzar a ido tirando como podía para sacar el película adelante. ¿Y la película? Pues genial en sí. Partiendo de la clásica fábula vasca, nos encontramos con una historia fantástica que trata sobre los rechazados sociales, los prejuicios y las complicaciones del amor. Todo con un buen hacer en lo plástico: muy buena fotografía y edición, pero sobretodo un gran diseño de producción y maquillaje, mucho mejor que algunas grandes producciones hollywoodienses. Tambià (C)n todo un acierto en rodar por completo la película en vasco, aunque quizás lo que me falle sea un poco la dirección de actores; pero estoy seguro que eso es algo en lo que Paul Urkijo necesita ir aprendiendo en siguientes producciones. Ah sí, Eneko Sagardoy se merece un premio su interpretación y me parece muy mal como se la ignoró en los Goyas.

  • Mar 02, 2019

    Not horror, not Gothic as some claim: A basque folk tale in cinematic form. The stylistic is faithful to the basque origins, including very well researched speech patterns.

    Not horror, not Gothic as some claim: A basque folk tale in cinematic form. The stylistic is faithful to the basque origins, including very well researched speech patterns.

  • Feb 26, 2019

    A fun ride with some spilt blood and trickery along the way.

    A fun ride with some spilt blood and trickery along the way.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Refreshingly unhollywood.

    Refreshingly unhollywood.

  • Dec 20, 2018

    A sublime, intoxicating movie about a village blacksmith pitting his wits against a demon. Imaginative and startling, fans of Pans Labyrinth etc will love this film. Make sure you watch the authentic basque version with subtitles - the dubbed version is awful!

    A sublime, intoxicating movie about a village blacksmith pitting his wits against a demon. Imaginative and startling, fans of Pans Labyrinth etc will love this film. Make sure you watch the authentic basque version with subtitles - the dubbed version is awful!

  • Dec 16, 2018

    WTF did I just watch? German people are weird!

    WTF did I just watch? German people are weird!

  • Dec 13, 2018

    wow this was such and amazing movie

    wow this was such and amazing movie

  • Dec 02, 2018

    With its balance between specificity and universality, Errementari reveals a filmmaker capable of transmitting how passionately he feels for his material.

    With its balance between specificity and universality, Errementari reveals a filmmaker capable of transmitting how passionately he feels for his material.