Presagio (2015)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joseph Perry writes for the film websites Gruesome Magazine, The Scariest Things, Horror Fuel and Diabolique Magazine; for the film magazines Phantom of the Movies’ VideoScope and Drive-In Asylum; and for the pop culture websites When It Was Cool and Uphill Both Ways. He is also one of the hosts of When It Was Cool’s exclusive Uphill Both Ways podcast and can occasionally be heard as a cohost on Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast.

Sometimes a two-hander works for psychological thrillers and horror films, and sometimes the approach doesn’t. Argentinian feature Presagio walks the tightrope between both sides, offering enough to keep viewers invested but delivering little in the way of anything new. 

Camilo Rensi (Javier Solis) is a writer who lost his wife and young son when they perished in a car accident. Much of Presagio finds him agonizing over his loss with his psychiatrist (Carlos Piñeiro) with flashback scenes aplenty. Camilo works on finishing an autobiographical book at his beach house, with a mysterious man holding an umbrella (Julian Lánderreche) watching from a distance.

It’s all meant to be puzzling, and writer/director Matías Salinas keeps it so as much as possible but seasoned viewers of this type of film will probably find themselves on pace with or ahead of the proceedings. There’s some hinting at diabolical forces and some eerie sequences to liven things up.  

IndiePix Films presents Presagio on DVD and digital from May 24, 2022.

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