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The Nameless

3.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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An intense thriller in the riveting style of SEVEN from the director of DARKNESS! Five years after her daughter was brutally murdered, Claudia remains mired in despair and can't move on with her life. Then she receives a phone call from a young woman claiming to be that daughter, Angela, asking for help and stating that a nameless "they" only wanted Claudia to think she was dead! With skeptical authorities unwilling to help, it's up to Claudia herself to investigate the shadowy subculture of danger and secrecy that holds the answer to Angela's true fate! Lauded with numerous international movie awards including Best International Film at the Fant-Asia Film Festival, THE NAMELESS will put you on the edge of your seat as the mystery deepens all the way through its pulse-pounding conclusion!

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  • Includes both English and Spanish Language Versions

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  • Actors: Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristán Ulloa, Toni Sevilla, Brendan Price
  • Directors: Jaume Balagueró
  • Writers: Jaume Balagueró, Ramsey Campbell
  • Producers: Jaume Balagueró, Carlos Fernández, Joan Ginard, Julio Fernández
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XG16W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nameless" on IMDb

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It was only as the opening credits of this film rolled that I realized the story was based on a novel by Ramsey Campbell - one I had read a few years ago. The only thing I clearly remember about the novel is the horrible ending, which I described as a betrayal of the evil Campbell had spent so much time creating. This movie, on the other hand, does things absolutely right in my book, creating a bold, shocking ending that made me want to stand up and cheer - not for what actually happened, but because the filmmaker ended the film in such heroic fashion - American filmmakers always seem to cowardly sell out at the end of films. The Nameless is in fact a Spanish production (Los Sin Nombre), directed by Jaume Balaguero, the same man behind the film Darkness. The film is dubbed in English, but I have no complaints about the dubbing whatsoever.

I love European horror. There is a completely different mood and feel compared to American horror films, which at this point basically consist of the same few movies made over and over again. Watching unknown actors, I had no predilections as to where the story would take their characters. The story begins with the horrible mutilation and murder of a little girl, likely the work of some cult or other. Then, several years later, the child's mother Claudia (and I must say Emma Vilarasau gives a wonderfully distraught performance as the traumatized mother) receives a phone call from her daughter, begging her to come get her. She goes alone to the location, braves the absolute creepiness of the place, and finds enough evidence to make her think her daughter may actually still be alive.
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I took a few moments before writing this review to see what some of the other comments were, and if I could add anything by throwing my two cents in. Given the wide disparity of opinions, I don't think one more will hurt.

I gave this movie 5 stars because as well as being a terrifically produced movie, I think it touches on a more extreme side of true horror than almost any other movie I've seen. First let me say that I do not consider most slasher/revenge type movies as horror. In the end, they are almost cartoonish, albeit with a lot of blood and guts. A more accurate term in my mind might be 'terror films', because the director seems to be trying to terrorize the audience. Or frighten them by having somebody in a monster mask jump out and say 'boo!' There is nothing wrong with that, I can enjoy some of those movies too, but be forewarned, 'The Nameless' is nothing like that.

The story itself is simple. A mother and father apparently lose their daughter - killed in a horrific manner, possibly by cultists. The plot picks up five years later. The parents have split up, and the mother is still processing the loss of her daughter. She functions, but the weight of her murdered child is with her at all times. Until she gets a phone call, purportedly from her daughter, who tells her that she wasn't murdered, but kidnapped and abused by the cult.

The rest of the movie follows the mother, the detective who is assisting her, and a journalist who works for a supernatural/paranormal magazine. All of this is well done, and the tension continues to mount through the storytelling ability of the director. But it is the end where the entire movie gets its payoff.
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The film starts off with the gruesome, ritualistic-style murder of a young girl that's more graphic and disturbing than anything you'd see on CSI. This accurately sets the stage for the disturbing, underlying plot: that there's a secret society of pathological killers operating just under the radar and they're committing incredibly unspeakable acts of all kinds - without conscience, for the sake of evil itself. All the makings are there for a great psycho-drama, but too much happens in a vacuum for it to be believable. While the film does keep you on the edge of your seat, I found myself yelling at the screen asking the characters "how could you be so stupid?"; people going into potentially dangerous buildings alone, being forewarned about impending doom and yet still casting common sense aside and putting themselves in harm's way. If it wasn't for the the lack of intelligence of the characters portrayed in the film, this secret society couldn't stand on its own.

Putting that aside, the film's native language is Spanish and much of the character's personalities and torment, (however their own doing it may be) are lost in the English overdubbing.
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I love Spanish horror films. I admit this to you now, so you know I will be biased. I think that as a whole they are well written, well acted, and are stunning both visually and musically. The Nameless is no exception.

A girl is missing. Her parents are distraught when one morning they awake to a call that their daughter might be found. But it is not good news. The events are unexplained, and we only see the pain and the grief. Five years later, in a truly miserable state, we see the mother answer the phone. The caller says it is her daughter, and she is alive, but she needs her mother to save her. Who is this girl? What transpired five years ago? And how far is she willing to go to know the truth? All these questions are answered in a suspenseful plot. The twists and turns are appropriate and make sense. The story behind it all is innovative and engaging (as well as a bit confusing). I gripped my seat for the last 30 minutes, and the ending was perfect for the film.

I truly enjoyed this film. It is mysterious and suspenseful. The story is interesting. The acting was accomplished and believable. Visually stunning with a score that highlighted the tension and emotion of every scene only makes me wonder why more people do not consider this a near-perfect horror film. Highly recommended.
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