Chile Con Zombie Hunters
Blind Dead (Muerte Ciega, 2009) is an independent horror film from Chile. It is a near-future zombie movie in which a virus spreads and transforms humans into violent and territorial fiends after a mining incident. The area is quarantined and after some time is subject to incursion and investigation by a team of paramilitaries and scientists. As you can expect, there will be blood. The team itself starts to fall apart as the violence and betrayal escalate.
The trailer shows a band of soldiers escorting scientists to ground zero and all hell breaking loose. Looks like an extremely violent film, almost the guerilla-war type. I do like the look of the film- the muted colors look fantastic, especially considering the movie’s low budget of $2,000.
Written and directed by Cristian Toledo and Lucio Rojas, the film gets its inspiration from such genre classics as 28 Days Later, Stalker, Apocalypse Now, Mad Max, and cowboy Westerns.
Muerte Ciega’s official Facebook fan page includes production images. Looks like they had a good time filming! No word yet on when this movie will be available. I will keep you posted.
There’s a trailer with English subtitles but it doesn’t have the same quality of the Spanish trailer below. There is also a 20 minute preview you can check out here.
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UPDATE 2/4/10: There is a new trailer with English subtitles, and it looks like their English title has changed to Blind Death. No release date yet, besides the “first semester of the year.”
Benicio on a Very Bad Hair Day
I am very excited about seeing fellow boricua (and Oscar winner) Benicio del Toro in the upcoming werewolf movie The Wolfman, especially now that the new trailer is out. It looks great! Considering that Anthony Hopkins and genre giant Hugo Weaving are also in the cast, it’s going to be hard to wait until February 2010 for this film. I haven’t seen the 1941 original movie so I hope fans of the first film enjoy it too.
Del Toro has also been in other genre productions, most memorably as Jackie Boy in Sin City . Hopefully we’ll see him again soon in more sci-fi or fantasy titles.
Here’s the latest trailer:
And the first trailer in case you missed it:
Pictures at the official Universal website are definitely worth a look (click on Images).
Santos movie poster
Santos is a Spanish and Chilean comedy wrapped in a superhero movie. Writer/director, Nicolás López, has created a film that satirizes the comic book based genre while simultaneously drawing you into a world that is oddly believable.
In the not-so-distant future, Salvador Santos (Javier Gutiérrez) is about as unlikely a candidate for saving the world as anyone could be. Nine years earlier his obsession with becoming a successful comic book writer combined with a freak accident caused Salvador to lose everything. Not only was his warehouse destroyed just days before the release of his first graphic novel, but his childhood sweetheart, Laura Luna (Elsa Pataky), tired of being second to Salvador’s dreams, had left him for his best friend and multimillionaire, Arturo Antares (Leonardo Sbaraglia). Now, just days before his 33rd birthday, Salvador is a fat, balding man waiting tables dressed as his favorite superhero. But life is beginning to look up for Salvador. His old friend Arturo is ready to invest once again in Salvador’s comics and it even seems that the lovely Laura Luna might still have feelings for him. Unfortunately the reality of his dreams goes even deeper than he ever imagined. Oh, and by the way, it’s also three days before the end of the world.
One fateful night Salvador encounters Anthropomosco (Guillermo Toledo), a character straight out of Salvador’s own comic. As it turns out, the comic book is simply his subconscious interpretation of the Doubleverse, an alternate universe where superheroes, called Santos, live under the tyranny of the evil hybrid, Nova, who is hell bent on becoming a full Santos by absorbing the powers of other Santos. An unfortunate side effect of this is that Nova will also destroy the Doubleverse and the Universe if he attempts to return to his own reality. Salvador discovers that he too is a Santos who has been hidden in the body of a normal human all these years. It just so happens that his best friend, Arturo, is sharing his body with the evil Nova.
Though plot has been made humorously predictable and the themes of love and tragedy are as basic as they can be, the characters themselves pull the movie up to the level of real people thrown into fantastical situations. This is especially true with Salvador Santos who is so self-centered and cowardly that he is reluctant to help the people around him, even when they are not in mortal danger. He seems to have more flaws than a hero from a Greek tragedy yet he is destined to save the universe. This alone should leave the viewer on the edge of their seat, even through the cornball themes of love and the crude bodily function jokes.
-K. Shanti Fitch
Check out the trailer:
Check out the dystopian short Oasis Terminal by Colombian filmmaker Rubén Fernández. The story is about a young man that dreams of finding The Oasis, a genetic vault that contains all the necessary biological material to restart the world after war ravages the planet. There is of course, a real seed vault near the North Pole, and I am surprised there haven’t been more films relating to this genetic holy grail. The plot follows a day in the life of this young man, a soldier of one of the many human factions left on Earth. Watch for the use of “Radioactive Cam” that makes you feel grateful for the air we breathe.
The entire short can be watched here.