The Untamed (La región salvaje) Reviews

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October 20, 2017
Perhaps horror isn't exactly the right word to describe this eerie, bloody, sexy movie.
September 7, 2017
[Amat Escalante's] film may lack the subtlety of Val Lewton's famously allusive RKO chillers, but there's the same sense that the shadowy rooms braved by the characters are no less than the human psyche itself.
August 20, 2017
Despite the avowed debt to Andrzej Żuławski's famously disturbing 1981 film Possession, this is bracingly individual stuff. Just don't expect to touch calamari again in a hurry.
August 17, 2017
An uneasy hybrid of gritty Mexican drama and weird, David Cronenberg-style body horror.
August 17, 2017
This film is a very sly, subversive and disturbing black tragicomedy about a universal secret addiction.
August 17, 2017
For better or worse, you won't be forgetting this one in a hurry.
August 11, 2017
An explicit and excoriating story of eros unmoored and unmooring - the devastating power of sexual pleasure when it's stripped of both function and meaning.
August 9, 2017
Escalante draws remarkable performances out of his cast of mostly newcomers in this film about the consequences of pleasure and the many meanings of flesh; where animal intelligence fills the void left by emotional disconnect.
August 2, 2017
The unsure approach to rich material (based on a story about a newspaper's homophobic coverage of a drowned man) mixes the sexy and grotesque - and cancels each other's good parts out.
July 27, 2017
The film's music score is both high-strung and ominous -- at times ringing like the aftermath of a shotgun blast and at others slow and dark like a body being dragged across a floor.
July 24, 2017
...a fantastical premise collides with Escalante's solemn realism, making for a quiet, unforgettable mash-up, inspired by director Andrzej Zulawski's Possession.
July 21, 2017
A low-key trippy sci-fi movie about booty calls with an unwieldy space squid, but I wish I could say it was much more than that.
July 21, 2017
Once it wraps its tentacles around you, The Untamed doesn't let go -- and you might not want it to.
July 20, 2017
There is a fine line between horror and humor, and if you adjust your angle of vision accordingly, you can see the architecture of farce beneath the ornamentation of shock and suffering.
July 20, 2017
A carefully controlled tone, which never jumps into full-blown luridness despite ample opportunity to do so, helps us believe in the severity of the situation and the struggles of the characters.
July 17, 2017
This is a fascinating and outrageous next step for Escalante, with a strong central concept and some oozily plausible special effects. It's just a pity that its human side doesn't measure up to its inhuman one.
July 17, 2017
The way The Untamed similarly creeps in oblique moves towards its revelation is equally unnerving. But it has something else that also unnerves and fascinates -- the face of Simone Bucio.
July 14, 2017
Each brief glimpse of the creature's fleshy, slithering mass imbues the character drama with an aching sexual desire and, as the violent potential of the entity becomes clear, a mounting sense of dread.
September 22, 2016
Plays like an acknowledgement that the hiddenness, the private nature of sexuality is also part of its power.
September 5, 2016
A ferociously individual, highly intelligent piece and a superb, very affecting cast ensure that the human factor remains dominant, however creepily inhuman things may become at times.
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