The Nameless (Los sin nombre)

2005

The Nameless (Los sin nombre)

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Spanish director Jaime Balaguero brings us this jet-black horror thriller. Claudia (Emma Vilarasau) and Marc's beloved six-year-old daughter Angela dies under mysterious circumstances. Flash forward five years, and Marc has left while Claudia wiles away her time watching family videos of happier times. Angela suddenly inexplicably calls saying, "They wanted you to believe I was dead." Claudia immediately calls an ex-cop, Massera (Karra Elejalde), to investigate the matter. To make matters worse, Claudia finds herself stalked by psychotic ex-boyfriend Toni, who simply radiates evil. As the movie progresses, Massera and Quiroga (Tristan Ulloa), a journalist who works for a magazine specializing in the occult, uncover a bizarre sadistic cult that sacrifices children.

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Audience Reviews for The Nameless (Los sin nombre)

  • Mar 09, 2015
    I've got a name for it: Shit Sanduche. At least most people have recognized that just because it's in Spanish doesn't make it superior to similar American slag. Desperately dull most of the time with an epically anemic confrontation payoff. In other words, or rather, I only need to use one - avoid. One star because the directing isn't terrible and the acting from the leads is fairly competent.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    <B><I>LOS SIN NOMBRE</I> (The Nameless) (1999); DVD release: 2005</B> Spain; Spanish language/English subtitles WRITTEN BY: Jaume Balagueró, based upon the novel by Ramsey Campbell DIRECTED BY: Jaume Balagueró FEATURING: mma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristán Ulloa, Toni Sevilla, Brendan Price, Jordi Dauder, and Núria Cano GENRE: <B>THRILLER</B> TAGS: occult, mystery, horror, crime <B>PLOT:</B> When a magazine editor receives a cell phone call from her dead daughter, she embarks on a trail of grisly occult clues to locate her. COMMENTS: A grieving mother becomes frantic when she is haunted by macabre, beyond-the-grave phone messages from her murdered daughter. Aided by an emotionally troubled detective, she attempts to unravel the deceased child's unsolved, five year old kidnapping and mutilation torture death. When they stumble on to a violent Satanic cult that practices ritual vivisection to expand consciousness, the going becomes increasingly weird and deadly, and the bodies start to pile up. Meh. <I>Los sin nombre</I> has a few things going for it, namely a pronounced absence of many (but not all) of the stereotypes, caricatures, plot contrivances, and dreadful, obligatorily formulaic clichés which are standard to the torrents of leachate-like effluent cascading from the cinematic sewer of Tinseltown. So if you're desperate for a change, you will like this movie, but you need not rush to find a pen to write down a description of it so you can tell your future grandchildren. Well shot, well edited, professionally made, <I>Los sin nombre</I> suffers from a bit of a pacing problem. Somehow, it just isn't <I>scary</I> or suspenseful, though it certainly has a promising concept and a decent twist ending. Not an ingenious twist ending, but a good one. While I hate formulas, the lack of one is evident in the script. Writer/director Jaume Balagueró hasn't effectively mastered the art of constructing a thriller, though his result is certainly interesting and watchable. <I>Los sin nombre</I> would make a good, one hour long <I>Night Gallery</I> or <I>Tales From The Crypt</I> entry, but it doesn't quite work at 102 minutes. Ironically, while Hollywood polish could structure-in the requisite thrills and mounting tension, the major studios would also likely ruin the result by rendering the characters non-threatening and cartoonish, making the action absurdly unrealistic, converting the female protagonist into a Valley Girl with big boobs and platinum hair, and adding bar fights, window installers carrying plate glass in front of a looming car chases, and corny one-liner, "make my day" catch phrases. To hell with that. I'll take this movie as it is, a bit slow, and short of its potential, but a lot less insulting to an audience who is weary of the same old slick but stupid schlock. <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11149383"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/-m9Xt6mMbSU/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></I>Los sin nombre</I></a> - English language trailer</div> Watch the subtitled, Spanish language version of the movie. Not only are dubs inherently tasteless and sloppy by their very nature, but hearing an Eastern European voice with a New York borough accent come out of the mouth of a Spanish cast member is just plain laughable.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2009
    This film is mostly atmosphere. The wonderfully drained colour palette, the low lighting, the sudden jumps of sound. It's a depressing film that aims for true evil. The plot however is less intriguing than the conclusion. It a basic horror/thriller where somebody and a couple of (new) friends try to unravel a mystery. They go to all the usual experts priest, editor, crazy, who give them long and rambling, but always concise, pieces of information. It's a great film to look at, but after a while you realise you've seen it before.
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  • May 13, 2007
    <b><u>Directed by:</u> Jaume Balaguero.</b> <b><u>Starring:</u> Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristan Ulloa.</b> Lucky review number one..... I had never heard of this film before I saw it in the video store, as I have grown more passionate for films, I have explored films from other countries and found many outstanding ones....horror is something that I feel I know alot about, the elements that should be used, what cheap effects shouldn't and I have only ever found real horror either in horror movies from the 70's and 80's or from foreign countries. I found Japanese horror to be amazing, with The Eye, The Eye 2 and A Tale of Two Sisters becoming some of my favourites, so I automatically went to the foreign section in the video store to find something new and stumbled across this, it had some great critical respect on the cover, it sounded very intriguing and it was a spanish film, which more recently I have found some excellent films from spanish speaking countries so I decided to hire it.....and didn't come out satisfied. The film follows a mother, her daughter is brutally murdered and it is unknown to how she came to be killed, she suffers alot over the next few years, breaks up with her husband, goes home at night and watches old home movies.....until one day, 5 years after her murder, she receives a call from her daughter saying 'Mummy, its me, come and get me'. The films premise is very intriguing, the film starts slowly and develops the main character, then the mystery starts to kick in and many themes are covered such as religion, nazi's, angels etc......and from there it goes completely downhill. The film, to me felt very imcomplete and it aimed for being original and intelligent and never hits it, instead it comes out extremely dull, confusing and silly. It introduces you to all these interesting themes, but never follows through with them, the film creates its own silly twists that doesn't make a shread of sense. The director did an absolutely outstanding job at creating some of the slowest and most spine-tingling tension I have seen in a long time, yet it is never followed up with anything, the pacing is completely thrown off with bad editing and the addition of random images, as if that was what the director thought would be scary to the viewers. The cinematography is thick, atmospheric and adds another layer to the amazing tension, but as mentioned before, it just leads to nowhere and we are left completely unsatisfied....and not to mention the sudden ending that leaves way to many unanswered questions. I'm glad that I broaden my horizons on films, especially with the shit hollywood makes nowadays, this film is better then most of those horrors, especially in the cinematography and the amazing tension, but everything else is completely disappointing.
    Craig S Super Reviewer

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