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In April of 2010, Spanish police reported the discovery of 37 hours of recorded evidence that shed new light on a gruesome murder investigation. The found footage documents a family of five spending their holidays at their summerhouse, where brother-and sister Cristian and July Quintanilla pass the time investigating a terrifying local urban legend. As their investigation intensifies, strange occurrences in and around the house escalate rapidly, before culminating in unspeakable atrocities.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rafael Amaya, Jose Masegosa, Chus Pereiro, Cristian Valencia
  • Directors: Fernando Barreda Luna
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: The Collective
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BYBZM2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First of all, I want to ask everyone who writes a review for anything to be honest. I'm sick of renting stuff that has super high user reviews and turns out to be crap. Don't waste my $ & time so your friend gets exposure and dough. And yes, I'm keeping in mind that everyone's opinion is subjective, however, there have been too many situations where I, with an open mind, still had no idea how all ten reviews were 5 star, gushing praise, and the work was a trite piece of been there, done that.

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).
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At under 75 minutes end-to-end 'Atrocious' is a very short found footage film but interesting and with a few shocks at the end. This is a Spanish film with English subtitles but if you really don't like subtitles an English dub is included. The plot follows a family taking a holiday to a long-unused family house in the country. The children, to stave off boredom, investigate a local legend and do lots of filming on their video cameras. And on it goes. At times there is a lot of shaky cam happening, but the subject matter was interesting enough, and the location creepy enough to make the whole thing work. It was all wrapped up reasonably well in the end. The DVD has a decent Dolby Digital 5.1 sound track which does help with ambient effects.
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I'll make this short - I rented this because I love "found footage" horror movies. This one operates on that premise, and the trailer looked pretty good. The first half of the movie delivers a promising setup - the last half is a complete and utter disappointment. By the end, I guarantee you'll be asking yourself, "is that all there is?!?" It's like the filmmaking team simply quit at the halfway point and just figured they could throw in any predictable, boring ending. And that's what they did. I suggest to my friends that they not waste their money on this film, despite the packaging and the trailer.

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.
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To start with, the first half of this film is very slow. You will wonder what is happening, and what is the point of all of this. In fact, it is truly like watching someone's home videos from 1995 -- very amateur, very boring.

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!
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