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Anyway, I watch a lot of horror films & have done so for some time. I can safely say I've seen a bit to a bunch of everything horror. So in rating this film with four stars, you gotta know that's me giving it a pseudo-educated, high acclaim. Don't let the found footage thing scare you off. Yep, it's been done over and over, but I've come to the conclusion that it's not a trend, just on the verge of becoming passé, but rather a new and permanent addition to the stock pantry of the many elements that can be used in filmmaking. It is appreciated when done well, and seems plagiarized when it's not.
Besides the found footage thing, I think the other creepy elements include the fact that it's not in my native tongue (I'm a true believer that foreign horror is the best horror...I think the foreign nature alone - the way it separates itself by being the "other" through both the unfamiliar language and also the unique cultural establishments - make these types of films very outside of what is normal to me, and thus exciting fear...isn't fear housed in the unknown?) and because it's in black and white (also another flavor of the unknown...the restriction of color can separate us more, giving the film something else that makes it not as translatable).Read more ›
SPOILER ALERT: Al least half the movie is spent wandering aimlessly and (with one very, very brief exception) through a disused outdoor plant "labyrinth" utterly without any kind of surprise or "horror" or, really, anything interesting. You WILL fastforward several times during these tedious scenes.
Yet, this is what makes this film succeed in the end. These are truly human characters without any of the Hollywood tricks. They are real; either you sympathize with them, or you don't. End of story. If you don't, you give this movie a one-star review and go on about your business. But if you do, the suspense will grow on you gradually, creep up on you from behind, until you find yourself checking the windows and doors to make sure they are locked.
When it comes to this kind of movie, I am no easy customer. Only Carpenter's _Halloween_ and Kubrick's _The_Shining_ have affected me. _The_Blair_Witch_Project_ (the iconic found-footage film) scared me the first time, but by the second viewing, I was hoping for the annoyingly contrived characters to be killed. Even after several viewings, _Atrocious_ has retained its intended effect. It is a well-crafted thriller that may seem tame by today's standards, but which creates an authentic atmosphere of horror and suspense unparalleled by few movies released in the past few years.
Is it perfect? No. Even though it achieves its intended effect, it really needs something to draw the attention of its audience much earlier in the film. I suspect most negative reviews are written by reviewers who only saw the first half. Do yourself a favor and watch the entire film, then let's hear what you think. You just might be pleasantly (unpleasantly?) surprised!
Two siblings (Cristian and July) like to investigate urban legends and tape them in the process. When the family takes a trip to creepy old house with a creepy past (and an even creepier labyrinth outside), the two start their investigation that they'll wish they never started.
Doesn't sound too bad right? Well, sadly the premise is about as good as it gets here. What could've been a very suspenseful and even claustrophobic addition to the found footage genre, just ends up a slightly tedious one instead. It's only 73 minutes, but it still manages to be a bit slow, and it takes a while to get going. Found footage films rely on their suspenseful buildups that lead to their spooky endings, but I truly didn't find the film to be all that suspenseful. I mean the Labryrinth was a great idea, and eerie in itself, but even that never fully lived up to it's potential. I actually thought the setting was more effective during the day scenes oddly enough. Once nightfalls, the setting is used for alot of panic, alot of heavy breathing, and alot of camera shaking. It's too bad.
The film finally reaches it's conclusion, and it's mildly creepy I suppose, but not enough to make up for the faults that led up to it. As for the acting? Not too bad. The characters are supposed to seem "real", and for the most part they do. Sure they make unrealistic decisions (you'll wonder often why they're still holding on to their cameras) , but their acting isn't too bad.
Overrall "Atrocious" isn't the worst of it's kind, and it may mildly interest people who love the found footage genre. However if you're don't, then this won't be the film to make you a fan either.
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Originally saw this on Netflix and loved it so much i bought it. Great movie for any horror collectors set!!!!Published 2 months ago by Jamie
There were moments I had my doubts about the scare factor....until the last half hour. The ending alone deserves 5 stars....whoa!Published 12 months ago by Blossom14
The characters are sympathetic and the ending is quite good, but there's just way too much time spent running through the same maze of hedges with flashlights and night-vision cam.Published 14 months ago by Binky Chottorrhœhia
More found footage. It's a fun film. The "spooky" part only lasted a few minutes towards the end. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark
Didn't waist my time watching it. Was in a different language with sub titles, which never stated it when I reviewed the movie...Extremely dissapointed...Published 19 months ago by Tresa Montanye
No one would do the stupid things these people did in this movie. They happened to have video cameras at all times, but apparently telephones were not invented yet. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tara S. Mcclintick
This movie was mostly the children getting lost in a "Maze" outside this family "getaway" home.
Something sinister there... Read more
We have another entry into the found footage horror genre, from the files of the Spanish police department comes this one where a family goes to a house in El Garraf surrounded by... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Jonnathan Ritland