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Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana answers a babysitting ad. But after arriving for an interview at the home of Diamantina, she s disturbed by the old woman s increasingly odd behavior and horrified to discover that her charge, Elisa, is not a child but rather a deranged woman her own age. Before Ana can act, she finds herself trapped in the house and made to serve as Elisa s new toy - a toy that like many others before it may well be broken. Director Juanra Fernandez crafts a breathless horror with PARA ELISA, a film that plays out with violent intensity and escalates to a nightmarish climax that will leave viewers asking if people are just things to be played with.
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The special effects are not all that inventive, or gut-wrenching. The suggestive nature of the act that puts these effects into play, however, are very gut-wrenching. The true visceral nightmare that makes "Para Elisa" work is the way that Fernandez makes us relate to the traumatic situation that Ana is in, and the horrors she endures at the hands of a truly deranged Elisa-the real Antagonist of the movie. The torture/kill scenes never really get gory, or visceral enough for me personally. Not that they are any less effective in telling the story, I just would have really fell in love with "Para Elisa" had the actual horror elements been captured on camera, and forced me to endure the visual carnage and brutality. I just wish that Juanra Fernandez would have embraced a bit more splatter-gore with this one.
Overall "Para Elisa" is a nice, well produced horror film. It is a worthy film for any horror fan to enjoy- and in my personal opinion, this one is one of the better import horrors that I have seen in a while. A word of caution-the scenes that don't deal with Ana and Elisa do drag the energy of "Para Elisa" down some, not much but it is noticeable. And even though the characters are just the right amount of tortured and the right amount of psychotic, they are redundant in the horrorsphere so not all who watch the movie will be pleased. I for one liked it enough to recommend it.
It basically about a girl, Ana, who wants to make some money to go on a graduation celebration trip. So her on again off again boyfriend sees an ad for a babysitter wanted. So Ana goes, and discovers it's not a typical babysitting job, for one it's not a child. I basically re-stated everything amazon/any reviewer says.
I do want to say from a filming standpoint, it is beautiful, every camera angle was thought out, the lighting is perfect! . That sounds really weird to say, but it was a well-filmed movie, i just wish the writing was better, the ending was a complete let-down, but that is up to you.