Title: Atrocious

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Year: 2010

Genre: Horror / Supernatural / Mockumentary

Language: Spanish

Runtime: 73 min

Director: Fernando Barreda Luna

Writer: Fernando Barreda Luna

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1734067/

A sister and a brother travel to Sitges to spend some time with their parents and their younger brother. Their big, old house is just next to a massive maze that they start to suspect have something in common with the scary ghost story that theyir uncle told them about. The brother, who is already running around with a camera, decides that he wants to take a trip in the maze and film stuff. When the dog disappears into the maze one night they realize that there actually is something in it.

Our thoughts:
"Atrocious" isn't an original movie. I just want to get that out of the way. That alone is fine, there is no bigger trend right now than the handheld films. The filmmakers probably know this, so I don't even see it as me criticizing the movie. We have a sister and a brother who go to visit their parents on a holiday, and they live in a large spooky house. There is a ghost story being told about the forst nearby, something that these siblings find out through their uncle. This intrigues them, of course, but little did they know it was true, and it's actually not the forst - but the maze next to their house.

It's an alright set up, the maze is a cool location to put a film like this in. But there's just too much running around in the maze (especially one very long scene that leads to basicly nothing) and too little actually scary stuff. It could've been a much shorter movie and maybe it would have a little more umpf. It took so long that when things finally started to happen at the end, you couldn't feel satisfied. But the movie does kick it up a notch towards the end. If only it had started this way as well, I suppose.

Like with any handheld / mockumentary film, it's easy to begin to question a lot. First of all, they are supposed to be real footage, so the first thing you do is make sure it's all realistic (ghosts, monsters, demons, whatever aside). Do they act like real people? I think "Atrocious" does okay in this aspect. Not worse than any of the other films. But one thing that I was confused about was why they filmed some things. Why would someone set up a camera to film yourself when you are watching a movie? Of course it's only so that we, the audience, will be there to witness what happens next. An obvious answer, but it is something that kinda took me out of the movie.

I think that if you have a real interest in these handheld films, like I do, then there's no harm in watching this little horror movie. It's slow and by the end you're not sure if it was enough, which makes me think the movie should've been shortened. It's too mediocre for it to garner much attention. There are some decent enough scenes, but you probably shouldn't check it unless you dig the mockumentary trend.

Positive things:
- Nice locations.
- Decent enough end part.
Negative things:
- Too little, too late.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 0/5

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