|This is the worst trust exercise ever.|
|Totally not creepy at all.|
Laura plans on reopening the orphanage where she was raised as a home for disabled children and brings her husband Carlos and adopted son Simón to the facility. Soon, Simón insists that he has a new friend named Tomás, but no one else can see him. (Creepy alert!) Simón disappears and weird/awful stuff goes down, all of which is related to Laura's past. Spoiler alert: This movie does not have a happy ending.
|You remind me of the babe...|
Right after the Spanish Civil War, during the early years of Franco's rule, Ofelia travels with her pregnant mother to meet her new stepfather, Captain Vidal, who turns out to be a sadistic jerk. Her mother soon becomes ill and Ofelia feels even lonelier until she encounters a fairy and a faun, who tell her she must complete three tasks to obtain immortality. It's kind of like the David Bowie movie Labyrinth except it's scary and heartbreaking, there are no musical numbers, and it doesn't have a happy ending, either.
|Definitely not from the Ministry of Silly Walks.|
George and Edna meet when she hits his bike with her car. He convinces her to give him a ride to his destination, but she insists on visiting her sister first. That's when a slow-moving, sallow, red-eyed man attacks her and disappears, only to reappear and kill her sister's fiancé. I think you can see where this is headed. This Italian/Spanish co-production boasts some of the best practical zombie effects of the time as well as one of the most rage-inducing characters of all time, The Inspector, who blames everything on Satanists.
The first in a franchise based around the malevolent, undead Knights Templar, this movie clearly influenced Peter Jackson's depiction of the Ringwraiths in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Vacationing couple Betty and Roger run into Betty's friend Virginia in Portugal and Roger's flirtatiousness leads to jealousy and hints of past lesbian affairs at boarding school. Trying to escape the awkward situation, poor Virginia unwittingly awakens the Templars, who are ravenous after years of unsatisfied bloodlust.
Watch the latest in a long line of amazing Spanish horror films when [REC]4: Apocalypse screens at the Festival! And you should also go see Shrew's Nest, another great Spanish horror film, before its last screening on Sunday, September 14.
[REC]4: APOCALYPSE screening times:
Tue., Sept. 9th, 11:59 PM, RYERSON
Wed., Sept. 10th, 10:00 PM, SCOTIABANK 8
SHREW'S NEST Final Screening:
Sun., Sept. 14th, 6:30 PM, TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX 2