January 14, 2011


A Spanish-language horror film called Atrocious will be making its American debut at the Slamdance  Film Festival this month, and the trailer for it has just hit the web.  27-year-old Mexican writer/director Fernando Barreda Luna is behind this one, and comparisons are already being made to Paranormal Activity.  The plot revolves around Spanish police “discovering” hours of camera footage while in the middle of trying to solve a gruesome murder case.  This footage shows would-be urban legend investigators siblings (played by real life brother and sister Cristian and July Quintanilla) exploring a summer home while on vacation.  As things start to go bump in the night, the two of them are able to record everything for us to see.

Slamdance program notes describe the film as being one that “claws its way into your brain, burying itself deep in your mind, so that it stays with you long, long after the credits have rolled.”  Some early reviews have also agreed, calling it a solid-entry in the relatively new faux-documentary horror genre.  To watch the trailer and see what all the hype is about yourself, hit the jump.

Atrocious-posterThe trailer actually looks promising, and the shaky, hand-held style should please fans of The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. The fact that the latter also made its premier at Slamdance in 2009 (and eventually went on to make close to $200,000,000 worldwide at the box office) should be good news for the filmmakers.

Of course, if this movie doesn’t end up living up to its predecessors, lazy journalist everywhere are going to have a field day making puns on the films title.  So, you know, there’s always that to look forward to.

Here’s the synopsis for Atrocious and the trailer:

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 a holiday at their summer house, 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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