This Spanish horror, produced by Guillermo Del Toro (CronosEl Espinazo Del Diablo, El laberinto del fauno), is not a cinematic revelation like so many horror movies coming from Europe. It is something much different a standard issue European horror movie. So far we have seen different approaches to horror genre from Spain, but this one tries to capture that classical young, troubled teenager outcast vs something in the woods. It opens with a classical vampire scene, but the rest of the story is pretty much different and I do not know why director added that part. This also produced a lot of problems towards the end of the movie, with the last part being quite devoid of tension. Strangely enough Eskalofrio also uses a lot of cliches, especially when it comes to characters. They are not cardboard cutouts, but their roles are very constrained and without further meaning. Exactly what you would expect from a “standard issue” movie.

Santi, is a young, troubled teenager with a skin disease that prevents him from being in open sunlight. This plagues his social and life in general. His mother takes him to village in hopes of fresh start, but he will get something else here. There is something in the woods, something that looks like a small Gollum, something wicked. And in case you are wondering is that thing in the woods real, it is. Not to reveal too much there`s a link below if you are interested. Enjoy…

Link to the something in the woods (Spoiler alert)

Director: Isidro Ortiz

Cast: Junio Valverde, Blanca Suárez, Jimmy Barnatán, Mar Sodupe, Francesc Orella

Fun Stuff: Produced by Guillermo Del Toro.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0896927/

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