You need to get to know Adrian Garcia Bogliano. Beyond this movie and Late Phases, he has a movie called Black Circle that’s trying to get picked up in the U.S. I have no idea why it hasn’t, because it has a story about possessed vinyl records and one of the first roles for They Call Her One Eye star Christina Lindberg in decades.
The thing is, just from watching this movie, I could see the films that this Spanish born director loves. I mean, he used to use the name Massaccesi, Margueritti & Pandersolli for the films he directed. If you just got happy, you’re a maniac like me. After all, Aristide Massaccesi is Joe D’Amato. His company Paura Flicks takes its title from the Italian word for fright. And within the credits of his films, Bogliano credits what he refers to as the ayuda espiritual (spiritual guidance) of Nicolas Roeg, Henry James, The Exorcism of Hugh, Sergio Martino, Eloy de la Iglesia, The Centerfold Girls), David Cronenberg, Donald Cammell, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Entity, Los Iniciados, T.E.D. Klein, Sebastián De Caro, Dust Devil, William Finley, Marilyn Burns and classic rock station KGB San Diego. He’s also referenced Sorcerer, Lucio Fulci, Takeshi Miike, so he could fit in around here.
The movie starts as pure exploitation. A lesbian couple makes love and then discusses how one of them isn’t sure how to tell others that she is gay. That’s when a serial killer attacks, taking the hand of one of them before being beaten. He runs into the night, bleeding everywhere, into a cave where he is never seen again.
The very same cave claims brother and sister Adolfo and Sara, who enter it and never really come back. Their parents are too lost in passion to realize how long they are gone. Something is wrong from here on in their lives and nothing, not even murder, can stop what happens next.
I want you to be as surprised as me at this movie, a film that caught me within the first minutes and never let go. This is a film that understands the power of 70’s horror without being a carbon copy of what has come before. And those quick zooms throughout — Fulci would be proud.
I’ve been reading reviews of this film that disliked the hypersexualization of the story, as well as the “out of nowhere” levitation scene. Seeing as how The Entity is referenced at the close, that’s exactly where that comes from. It all felt natural and new and vital to me.
You can watch this on Tubi.