When it comes to Latin American horror, Mexico traditionally lead the way. There is a extensive range within this genre to chose from, ranging from the depiction of vampires, ghosts, zombies, and satanic beings to other macabre explorations.
Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director is one of the first names which springs to mind with some of his earlier work such as ‘Cronos‘ being a prime example of horror at its best.
‘Somos lo que hay’ (We are what we are), directed by Jorge Michel Grau in 2010, is another recent classic, in which a cannibalistic and fatherless family reek havoc and destruction across the Mexico City. The film is nuanced with many themes which sadly still plight Latin America: family abuse, poverty and corruption all on the backdrop of an ever bloodthirsty and sadistic city. The film drew many parallels to the critically acclaimed, ‘Let The Right One In’, directed by Tomas Alfredson in terms of its cinematic bleakness.
Argentina is now striving to make inroads into this relatively unexplored genre: some notable recent efforts include ‘Alguien te está mirando’ (Somebody Is Watching You) and ‘Visitante de Invierno’ (Winter visitor).
‘Resurrección’ (Resurrection) by the film-maker Gonzalo Calzada, released in Argentine Cinemas on 7th January 2016, is looking to advance further in this direction.
The film is set amid the outbreak of a yellow fever epidemic that struck Argentina in 1871. The epidemic was brought by Argentine soldiers returning from war in Paraguay, and devastated large swathes of Buenos Aires and beyond.
The film recounts the journey of a young priest, played by Martín Slipak, en route to Buenos Aires. Led by a strong religious conviction, he makes a stop at his family estate in the Pampas, and encounters a grim situation upon his arrival.
His brother is in the terminal stage of yellow fever. His sister in law and niece remain enchained inside the chapel on the estate, both unable to leave. The priest must learn how to interact with the only remaining servant Quispe, played by Patricio Conteras, who hasn’t abandoned the estate like the others. Much of the terror takes place from this point onwards, as the film picks up pace and the plot unravels.
Much of the film is a chilling and desolate depiction of the era, with additional authenticity being provided by the lighting, sound and set. This helps to firmly place the film as an authentic horror period drama.
The suspense of the film propels it forward in terms of action, while the distortion of reality and fantasy help to keep viewer engaged and on edge in order to discover the true events of this bleak depiction. This film is a must for those that share a passion for gore, horror, and blood.
The film can currently be seen for only $8 at Cine Gaumont and in other cinemas nationwide