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The Nameless (2000)

Emma Vilarasau , Karra Elejalde , Jaume Balagueró  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XG16W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nameless" on IMDb

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  • Includes both English and Spanish Language Versions

Editorial Reviews

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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spanish example of horror done absolutely right July 4, 2005
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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Translation May 2, 2005
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the more expensive version. May 28, 2011
This is a great movie.
It will scare you.
It has a excellent story
It has good special effects,
BUT, this budget label version from EchoBridge Entertainment is listed as widescreen and it is not. ITS FULL FRAME!!!!
I am glad I waited and did not get rid on my Spanish import.
You can purchase the $17.99 version on the old Miramax label (its the one listed above this one on Amazons search page for The Nameless).
Such a shame-this budget version would have been a great deal for $6.99 if it was really widescreen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low quality Blu-ray March 31, 2013
The two stars are not for the film, a super creepy Spanish horror flick that was likely influenced aesthetically by Seven and is one of the only movies adapted from the works of horror writer Ramsey Campbell. I've had this movie on DVD from Hong Kong, Spain and the USA and all versions had a surround sound soundtrack. I order the Blu-ray excited to get a horror movie I really like--according to the back cover it only has a stereo soundtrack. I don't know that a Blu-ray with a stereo soundtrack can really be considered an upgrade over a DVD with a surround sound soundtrack. I guess potential buyers will have to decide that for themselves but I think it's a shame that Echo Bridge continues to do this (Equilibrium and Halloween H20 were released the same way). I know these are budget discs but when did surround sound become a luxury special feature? To make matters even worse The Nameless is a Spanish language movie but according to the back cover of the Blu-ray this budget disc only includes the English dubbed soundtrack. Thanks Echo Bridge for putting out the crappiest possible version of an excellent movie. I guess I'll know better to avoid their discs in the future--or at least to not buy them over the internet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good film October 19, 2009
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible
I have watched this twice. The second time I watched it with a friend. Neither of us understood the plot. What was going on? It was rather confusing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Jameson-davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nameless
This film is a incredible study of a missing child. It is unsettling and in the first few minutes you see how dark this film will play out. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael D. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark And Bleak...
After seeing this director's previous misfire, DARKNESS, I had little hope for THE NAMELESS being any better. Fortunately, I was wrong! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars probably good but......
These Spanish actors seem self-concious playing a part in front of a camera and it goes with the formal stilted undertones in the voices too. Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by .fgd
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, though not Balaguero's worst work.
<strong>Los Sin Nombre</strong> (Jaume Balaguero, 1999)

Despite not knowing whether Balaguero is going to bring his A (<em>[REC]</em>) or F... Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars True horror
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. Read more
Published on November 18, 2008 by Bryan Byrd
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING... ALAS
This is a kind of film where you are given so much in the beginning you start thinking it can't be a bad movie. But as it often happens the ending ruins it all. Read more
Published on June 28, 2006 by Anton Ilinski
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie that should be called "The pointless"
The first half of this thriller is pretty arresting. The almost David Fincher-like dark look of the film (with its accents on chilly, decaying colours like black, silver, green and... Read more
Published on June 27, 2006 by yorgos dalman
4.0 out of 5 stars ride the roller coaster off the cliff
I read enough reviews to figure I was in for at least a few fistfulls of adequately sleek visuals and perhaps more than the usual smattering of nail-biting tension but that I would... Read more
Published on January 9, 2006 by K. D. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect 10 film
Maybe the best and more solid terror films of the last 20 years, period.
Published on October 13, 2005 by J. APARICIO
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