April is here (and quickly slipping away from me, it seems…) and it’s time to check back with the Zombie Apocalypse… just to see if it’s creeping up on us or not, mind you… with a look at the recent Region 2 UK release of the Spanish Zombie Apocalypse thriller “[REC] 4: Apocalypse”.
The synopsis reads “Barcelona TV reporter, Angela Vidal, wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility aboard a ship at sea, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the apartment building of the first film. She seems to have only spotty memories of what happened at the end of her ordeal there. But does she secretly remember what happened to her? Is she carrying the virus? Distrust spreads through the freighter while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster among the researchers and crew. Soon that Evil is loose again, but will she survive this new assault or become one of its twisted victims?”
I’ve enjoyed this franchise so far, so it’s nice to get another offering to sate this zombie fan’s need for a little gory fun in the world of the Zombie Apocalypse now that “The Walking Dead” is on its hiatus till fall. Sure… sure.. there’s “IZombie”, but that’s just toooo much of a comedy. Neko wants scary gross zombie fun… 😉
So… will I get it with this one? All signs look promising… so if you wanna know if it’s a gore fest that ought to show up in your DVD player anytime soon, just “Read On” and let a certain crazy movie obsessed Catgirl tell you all about it. 😉
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Just when I thought all the witches were hiding this Holiday season and I’d have to rely on doing reviews of older films to fill out things here at the Litterbox, Spain comes to our rescue with the release of 2013’s “Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi” aka “Witching & Bitching” on Region 1 DVD. I’ve known about this one for a while, but given that the original Spanish DVD lacked subtitles, I’d resigned myself to a long search for the subtitles or a release that actually had reliable ones. And you know how those searches can be…. Luckily, somebody must have decided this wee lady needed her Halloween Treats early this year…. 😉
Our synopsis? Well it goes something like this. “When your marriage has you on the brink and your bank account in the red, it’s time to throw all common sense to the wind and rob a “Cash-for-Gold” shop. That hasty ill-conceived decision made by a group of desperate guys leads them into danger as they try to make their getaway to France in a hijacked cab whose route takes them through the impenetrable forests of Basque Country, home to legends of ancient covens and witchery. As fate would have it, they run head-on into a horde of crazed women who hate all men and feed on human flesh. Trapped in their mysterious mansion on the night of the greatest witches Sabbath in a century, our hapless heroes must pull together and win the ultimate “Battle of the Sexes” to save civilization as they know it from the cannibal coven and their ancient Goddess of Evil.”
Slapstick oddball comedy… goofy criminals… vengeful ex-wives… crazy cannibal witches… ancient giant fertility goddesses run amok… a sprinkling of sexy witchy shenanigans… and maybe even some subtle smart comments on the nature and problems of modern “gender relations”. Sounds like we’ve got it all. Wanna know how it all plays out smooshed together? Then ya know what ya gotta do… 😉
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Whew…. I’m still at things, although there are times I think I need to clone myself to get it all done… Here we go again with some more “End of the World As We Know It” fun here at the Litterbox with another Spanish film, “Los Últimos Días” aka “The Last Days”, that takes the idea of the Apocalypse and gives it yet another somewhat unique and unexpected cause as it’s premise. No big explosions… no global pandemic… no ravenous monsters or aliens… no divine rapture… Nope. Nothing but good ol’ agoraphobia. Well… OK… “agoraphobia on steroids”… but still… really nothing more than just being afraid of the great outdoors. Hmmm? So you think it doesn’t really sound all that bad to you? Just fort up inside your cozy house with all your stuff and wait for the “crazy” to harmlessly pass on by? Certainly nothing “world shattering”, eh? Well…. you’d be soooo sooo wrong.
Our synopsis goes like this: “2013. A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet. Soon all of humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces that causes panic attacks so severe they result in almost instant death. Eventually, the world population finds itself trapped inside buildings. As the Spanish city of Barcelona descends into chaos, Marc and his colleague Enrique, set off together on an almost impossible quest to cross the city and find Julia, his missing girlfriend, and Enrique’s hospitalized father, without somehow managing to ever go outside.”
Yep… talk about an original idea. When I saw the Trailer for this one, I just knew I was hooked. Luckily for me… right around that time, the UK Region 2 DVD made it’s appearance. One quick shopping trip later and this wee Catgirl hooked herself up with a copy just in time for our Apocalypse Movie Marathon. So… if you still want more End of the World fun, then just hunker down and “Read On” to hear all the details…. 😉
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I know… I’m really late, late late with this… but here’s our next Review in our “End Of The World As We Know It” festival here at the Litterbox, director Jorge Torregrossa’s 2012 Spanish film “Fin” aka “The End”. Yep… the “Apocalypse”, Spanish style… (I wonder if it comes with Sangria?) 😉
Our synopsis goes like this: “A group of old friends gets together for a weekend reunion in a remote mountain cabin. Years have gone by and yet nothing seems to have changed between them. But lurking behind the laughter and stories is a murky episode from their shared past that continues to haunt them. A strange, sudden inexplicable celestial incident alters their plans, leaving all electrical power mysteriously drained and stranding them and with no line of communication to the outside world. As they hike their way for help, the group starts to disintegrate, just as a new natural order is unveiled before their astonished eyes. “
So what’s the big Apocalypse up to this time? Aliens? Pandemics? The big ol’ Biblical “Judgement Day”? From the Trailer, it’s hard to say… so if you are as curious as a certain wee movie watchin’ kitten, I guess there are only two ways to find out. You could just run right out and find a copy to watch for yourself… or… you could grab a warm cup of coffee, kick back and relax, and let a certain goofy Catgirl tell you all about it before you plunk down your cash for a DVD. (Me…. I’m banking that you’ll choose the second choice…. 😉 )
So let’s get to it shall we?
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Another week closer to Christmas… and time for yet another Review. This time out I had planned to look at the second of the “Thanksgiving Night Movie Fest” films we saw over the holiday, but… then this one ended up in my DVD player one cold snowy evening and just plain blew that idea away. So instead… it’s off to rainy Spain for a look at director Oriol Paulo’s new suspense/ thriller “El Cuerpo” aka “The Body”.
Our synopsis goes as follows: “El Cuerpo” brings a heady mix of classic film noir, blood-chilling horror and high suspense, as the film follows a worn out veteran police detective as he begins an investigation of a mysterious break-in at the city morgue, the accidental hit-and-run of a guard, and searches for a corpse that has gone missing one dark and stormy night. Why has the corpse disappeared? Was the woman murdered? Was her distraught husband behind it all? Or is there some other sinister plot behind the disappearance of the body?”
Less of a horror film than my usual pick for movie fun, “El Cuerpo” might be a Hitchcock-style murder mystery, but the Trailer certainly hints that there’s much more going on throughout than in the usual “whodunit”. A whole lot more… Yep, I suspected this one might just be this wee kitty’s idea of cinema fun with a heapin’ helping of goosebumps thrown in for good measure. Now that a good English subtitled Region 2 version has shown up in the UK it’s only natural to give it a try. Wanna hear those details? Then you know exactly what you have to do, o’ Gentle Visitor…. 😉
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Our Halloween fun continues here at the ol’ Litterbox with a visit to sunny Spain for a “Nekoliscious” review of director Mateo Gil’s 2006’s haunted horror story “Regreso A Moira”, known on this side of the pond as “Spectre”, one of 6 films packaged together by Lionsgate and released as a three disc set called “6 Films to Keep You Awake” aka “6 Películas Para No Dormir”.
Our Synopsis for it goes like this:“After the tragic suicide of his beloved wife, an elderly writer named Tomás visits the small coastal village in Spain where he was born and raised. He reminisces of his childhood, and the beautiful, mysterious woman, Moira, whom he’s been unable to forget all these long year, once rumored to be a witch in league with the Devil. As he walks through his old village he catches ghostly glimpses of her, and is haunted once again by the dark story of their forbidden love affair those many years ago. Dare he visit the house where once they made love, where she was brutally killed, and where local superstition says her restless spirit still lurks to this very day? Will he risk his very soul to return to Moira once more?”
Yep. This one certainly meets our needs for “Haunted House” stories this month… and this wee Catgirl can’t wait to take a peek! Naturally those of you Gentle Visitors with similar tastes in film fare will wonder if you too need take this creepy trip to haunted Spain… so fear not! Merely “Read On” and you’ll know for sure. 😉
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The cold days of Autumn are well and truly upon us… and that can mean only one thing here at the ol’ Litterbox…. Halloween will soon be here and with it our old friends the Zombies shambling close behind. Given that, it’s time to get us all ready for the “Zombie Apocalypse” a wee bit early with a quick review of the latest Spanish horror offering in the genre, “[REC]³:Génesis”. Just to get us all in the proper mood, mind you, Hehehehe!!
Our synopsis goes like this: “Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly, and the bride, the groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day in the countryside… until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind.”
The first two offerings in this horror franchise were right up this wee lady’s alley, and so when this one finally came available on Region 2 DVD it didn’t take tooooo darn much to convince this Catgirl it was definitely as “must have”. So… if you, like a certain Zombie crazy Catgirl, just love these sorts of goofy horror goodies you’ll probably be chomping at the bit to read all about it for yourself…. So don’t just stand there silly… C’mon!! 😉
Time for another review… and as seems to be the case lately here at the ol’ Litterbox, it’s another Spanish horror effort, 2010’s shaky cam cinema “faux-cumentary”, “Atrocious”. Yep…. yet another of those “shaky cam” amateur film clip things….. but this one has more to be blamed on the recent success of “Paranormal Activity” than “The Blair Witch Project”. Still…. it had better be good….. I’m still traumatized by the eye wrenching I took watching Korea’s “Deserted House”.
Our synopsis? So here it goes: “On the 4th of April, 2010, the Quintanilla family were all found murdered in their country house in rural Spain. Police reported the existence of 37 hours of recorded evidence discovered at the scene of the grisly event. “Atrocious” shows the real found footage in all its entirety.
The Quintanilla family traveled to their old farm house in Sitges, where Christian and his sister Julie investigated the Legend of the ghostly “Girl in the Garraf Woods” for their Internet Blog on the Paranormal. Both of them used video cameras to record all of their investigations of the folktale. On the fifth day after their arrival they and their family were found dead under strange circumstances. “Atrocious” shows the last five days of the lives of Cristian Quintanilla and his family and also shows the strange situations that they lived in those moments, many of which remain unexplained even to this day.”
Hmmmm…. as you know, I’m not much of a fan of these “found footage” films. Sure… they can be made on the cheap… with unknown actors… and there’s a certain quirky charm to the general idea, but usually they also share that annoying look of home movies shot by drunken frat boys on Halloween. Can’t say that makes for epic cinematography… it usually gives you a good 70-90 minutes of badly out of focus, incomprehensible footage that…. for me at least… is more a pain to watch than it is to figure out what the heck is going on. Can they be scary? Yes… but it’s a tricky bit to manage with any real success. “The Blair Witch Project” being the first of these, will always be the big yardstick against which all the followers will be measured, and although imitation is the purist form of flattery, it’s not always a good enough reason to make a film either. Will this one stand out from the rest of those clones? Guess I’ll find out…..
Time for another Spanish horror effort… the 2009 film “No-Do” also confusingly know as either “The Beckoning” or “The Haunting” depending upon whether you are watching the UK or the US DVD release for this one. It’s popped up lots and lots of places… all under a myriad of names. I almost missed it here in the US… given that it got released under the title “The Haunting”…. which was already the name of two other earlier films. Grrrr!! Gotta hate when they do that… always confuses the crap outta me and makes tracking these lil’ films down so darn hard.
Our synopsis goes: “Francesca, a pediatrician who is dedicated to both motherhood and children, is married to another physician, Pedro. Following the birth of their new son, Francesca begins to suffer from postpartum depression. Following the advice of friend and psychiatrist Jean, the couple move to a new home away from the city. But Francesca’s obsession with her new baby begins to engulf her. Regardless of Pedro’s and Jean’s attempts to help her, she seems to drift dangerously close to madness. To make matters worse, she is starting to hear and see freakish unbelievable things. Furtive figures and ghostly shadows start tormenting her. The large house in which she and her family live alone seems to hide terrible secrets. Both the cellar and the attic are locked and barred to the family by the owners, and yet it is from both of these places that Francesca receives nocturnal visits that are slowly driving her mad.Is she truly losing her mind or is the old house haunted by restless spirits? What can be the truth?”
Sounds good… and lately Spain has been very good to this wee Catgirl, movie-wise, so I’m hoping they’ll score again with this tale of haunted houses and ghostly children, no matter what the heck title they give it… If you want to know if it’s worth a look yourself… why then by all means, “Read On” and find out for yourself.
Time to finish the eerie journey your Favorite Catgirl took watching the Spanish horror goodie “La Herencia Valdemar” by taking a look at it’s recent sequel, “La Sombra Prohibida” aka “The Forbidden Shadow”. Lots of evil goings on… forbidden lore… twisted freaky monsters… the last film appearance of the great Paul Naschy.. and Cthulhu too!! Yep. It’s a “no brainer”… Neko is sooo there.
Our synopsis? It goes like this: “The disappearance of Luisa Llorente and the Curse of the Valdemars have become the events that will cause the fates of an eclectic group of people to cross and become entangled with the goals of a shadowy Cult of fanatics who seek to unleash on Earth that “Which Sleeps Eternal”… Cthulhu, most evil of the Great Old Ones. At last all will be revealed as the fragile veil between Reality and “the Beyond” is torn asunder by foolish Mortals. Some will live… some will die… when they are forced to look upon “The Forbidden Shadow”.
By now, you are probably wanting to get on with it and see if the wait for this one is worth it… or… as can sometimes happen, they blow it badly and fail utterly to finish the story properly. That’s happened before.. and it’ll happen again. Neko’s seen her share of movie catastrophes… but, please let’s not be the case this time!! Still… as always, the truth is in the watching, so let’s get on with it then… “Read On”!!