Terrified (original title Aterrados) is an Argentine horror film released in 2017, directed by Demián Rugna. A group of paranormal investigators attempts to solve the case of a neighborhood that suffered a series of bizarre occurrences.
Hello, there! I’m dos Santos, and this is Ulven Reviews, with Movies and series from all over the world and all eras. Today’s review is of the 2017 movie Terrified directed by Demián Rugna.
The last two months or so, every movie I reviewed was from Spain and the United States, so It’s time to honor the things I said a little ago and began our conversation about films from other parts of the world. Today, we’ll go to Argentina.
Thanks, and here we go again!
The movie opens with Clara (played by Natalia Señorales) worried about the voices and strange noises in their house, especially the kitchen. Her husband, Juan (played by Agustín Rittano), shrugs her preoccupations off, thinking it’s just their neighbor renovating the house.
In the early morning, Clara goes to the bathroom, and the noises harshly intensify. Juan goes to check on the wife, and she’s being viciously killed by an invisible force.
In jail, accused of the murder of his wife, Juan receives the visit of three paranormal investigators: Jano, Rosentock, and Mora Albreck (played respectively by Norberto Gonzalo, George Lewis, and Elvira Onetto).
They believe that Juan wasn’t the one responsible for the murder of Clara and tell him about two other supernatural cases in the neighborhood. First, of the problems going on in the house of Walter (played by Demián Salomón), the same one with home renovations. Second of a dead boy, already putrefying, who apparently got out of his grave and went back home.
The three investigators, together with Deputy Funes (played by Maximiliano Ghione), have the authorization of the owners to spend a night where the events happened to further analyze and figure everything out.
Terrified really surprised me positively. My expectations weren’t high at all, and the movie showed to be a very entertaining one and even had the second-biggest jump-scare to have worked on me.
The plot is very original in my perspective. It does have some aspects already explored in movies before, yet, the filmmakers got several concepts and transformed into this cohesive and compelling narrative.
To give an example: there are several movies with paranormal investigators taking a look at strange events. It’s quite a common element in horror films. However, I never saw it in the way it was portrayed in Terrified.
The film has a lot of horrors, being genuinely scary and disturbing. The dead child on the table is one fucked up sight. However, the movie also has some funny moments that I really appreciated.
The movie is short and slightly fast-paced, and that’s not a problem by itself. But this way, the last act ended up being a little messy and seemingly rushed. I wouldn’t mind for the movie to take its time before reaching the climax and finishing the film.
I liked most of the characters, but they are not particularly remarkable. My least favorite one was Mora Albreck, not because she’s a lousy character. Just there was too much expectation built around her that didn’t pay off.
The rest of them are a little better. Jano, for example, is useful for the plot and likable. Rosentock, the gringo, is funny, and his difficulty finding the right terms in Spanish is quite relatable to people who are learning languages, like me.
My favorite was Deputy Funes, who was the closest of a protagonist to the film. I appreciate the fact that he admitted being afraid as fuck, it’s realistic and slightly comic. However, despite his fear, he still there, fulfilling his duty.
All the acting is good enough and at similar levels. I would only like to highlight the performance of Natalia Señorales, who’s alive on screen for such a short time but her genuine expression of worry captivated me.
The cinematography of the movie is very elemental and typical of horror movies. Mostly cold colors, perfectly framed and with admirable camera movements that help a lot with the suspense and scares of the film. But as I said, it’s elemental, nothing too exceptional.
The special effects, though, are quite decent. Look at the dead kid, for example, it’s perfect! It really looks like a rotten corpse. And at first, I was kinda iffy about Clara floating, but thinking about it later, I think I liked it.
I feel the score has the same quality as the cinematography. It fits perfectly with the movie. It maintains the creepiness throughout, it’s subtle, and it’s not annoying or distracting. However, it’s just that, nothing remarkable like the one in The Promise, that has outstanding horror score.
Terrified was an average horror film that deserved to be watched. I began without high expectations and got surprised by the genuine quality of it. I hope to bring more movies like this here.
Terrified A.K.A. Aterrados is no masterpiece, but it’s an original, scary movie that I really enjoyed watching and recommend that you watch it as well. I’ll give Terrified 7 Moons.
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