NNWIJ: Atrocious (2010)

Director: Fernando Barreda Luna

Notable Cast: Cristian Valencia, Clara Moraleda, Chus Pereiro

Rating: R

Review: 2011’s answer to cult hit Paranormal Activity?  Now THAT’S Atrocious.  See what I did there?  C’mon Bloody Disgusting Selects, you’re better than this.  One of the first movies supported by BDS, Atrocious boldly goes where every hack director trying to capitalize on the whole first person camera fad has already ventured.

I admit, Luna creates a creepy atmosphere and had me holding my breath at times, but Atrocious concludes too predictably and suddenly for my tastes.  Following two meddling kids trying to provide video evidence supporting an urban legend possibly haunting the woods of their summer vacation home, Cristian (Valencia) and Clara (Moraleda) are never without their cameras.  But when their hunt starts to become dangerous, our siblings may wish they just listened to their parents and stayed out of Garraf’s woods.  And so do we.  Entirely too much time is spent listening to either camera operator breathe heavily or scream loudly, pointing the camera frantically around shouting explicative terms seemingly forever.  For a good five minutes straight we watch Cristian do this, growing weary of his dull midnight jog with no end in sight.  Atrocious also could have used a little contrast update, as some scenes were so dark it was impossible to make out if the kids were even indoors or outdoors.  I had all the lights off in my basement just so my eyes could adjust, yet I still strained trying to pick out a familiar face or landmark.  Luna at least ends his film with a mutilated mess, but we never actually see any of the disgusting acts on-screen.  Just flashes of the crime scene photos taken after.  This plays to Atrocious‘ lack of excitement, as more often than not we just watch characters walk about a maze of foliage complaining about being lost.  We didn’t even get a jump scare or two in an attempt to be kept on edge, losing interest before even reaching full climax.  Just a whole lot of dogs barking, people running, kids screaming, and an all too short ending visible miles away.  It’s a good thing I waited so long for this watch as so many other titles blow Atrocious out of the water.  Still not as bad as first person bottom dog Area 407 though, so take that tiny victory to the bank Fernando.

Netflix Rating: 2/5

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About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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