||[Jun. 23rd, 2007|10:12 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Now that Nacho Cerda's The Abandoned is out on DVD, I highly recommend horror film fans check it out. It's been a long time since there's been a really good, creeptastic horror movie for adults. Among the refreshing differences: the protagonist is a forty-two-year-old mother, not a teenage screamer; the two leads are brother and sister instead of love interests; and Cerda uses an actual score instead of generic metal songs. I also really liked the running theme of circles and doubles.
Unfortunately, the ending kind of warps under its own pretzel logic, as is the case with so many horror movies, but until then it's a very well made ghost story that relies on atmosphere and genuine creepouts rather than gore and oh-it-was-just-the-cat startle moments. And I think that's something to be celebrated.
Cerda's come a long way since his weird, avant-garde short gore films, and in my opinion, he's headed in the right direction.