Director: Mariano Peralta
Writer: Mariano Peralta
Stars: Andrea Alfonso, Julián Alfonzo, Rodrigo Bianco
Perhaps the true ethics of cinema is the respect of the unseen parts of the image. The film literally starts with a graphic content warning, telling us the scenes are real. The film then moves on to give us an educational explanation of perversion and objectification. The film is well known in underground horror circles, if for no other reason than apparently a member of the audience attacked and injured the director at the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival.
The violence is very realistically portrayed, and all the while filmed in a very grainy VHS effect along with a lot of shadows, making it difficult to sometimes see what is actually being done. This works somewhat as the imagination is far more powerful and terrifying than any reality, and the director pushes the limits between what is not seen and what one would actually limit themselves to see. It’s an interesting title as it is a faux-snuff film. Far too much other stuff happening leading up to the acts. Interviews, daily routines and the like. All done in black and white between the actual ‘snuff’ sections. What I found perhaps more curious at the end of the film is that, I found myself actually preferring the in-between scenes more than the violence/so-called snuff scenes.
I can watch anything that I know isn’t real (I’ve never been good with Hospital programs though). Part of the attraction having been interested in film (and especially make up FX) is how it’s done and how good it is. What I don’t agree with is the use of or borrowed scenes of real animal abuse. This is a cheap shock tactic that was prevalent within the seventies Italian horror scene. What is interesting is this though: While I can pretty much watch anything regardless of it’s depravity (though I do have limits), I hold no water with animal violence, even if it is a borrowed scene from years ago. Much like America with its guns vs nudity argument in film, is that hypocritical of me? Never thought about it that way before, so I guess if nothing else the film makes you question yourself or your own limits.
I mentioned in a previous review that thrill seekers can seek more and more extremes. Still not sure of the accuracy of that generally, but these kind of films are certainly marketed I think for those bored with mainstream horror, which quite frankly has become rather laughable, especially from America. Some film makers do like to try to push the boundaries. This has long been on my to watch list, and I was pleasantly surprised, not by the content, but more the message.
Not a film I would watch again, not necessarily for what is being portrayed (There are much bigger budget violent films around such as the Spit on Your Grave Remake and sequels), but ultimately because it’s a one time deal for the curiosity factor and that it’s only an average movie at the end of the day. For all the disturbing imagery though, The film does at least try to give off some sort of social commentary regarding what we watch, why and what are the moral limits, and that should be applauded. One for extreme cinema fans only.
The Sage’s Rating: 5/10