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Scream Factory’s lineup of original releases have been somewhat of a hit or miss thing for viewers. Some, like the French Lovecraft-ian Dead Shadows were met with moderately positive praise and some of the them, such as The Monkey’S Paw was not. Personally, I’m a big supporter of the gang at Scream Factory releasing these either foreign acquisitions or like in the case of Larry Fessenden’s Beneath, films that have made their debut on horror-centric channels such as Chiller TV. Sure, some of them might not be the Best films around, but for every one that is just okay, there’s an entry that does a solid job telling a genre story with a deeper context than what would be expected. Jaime Osorio Marquez’s 2011 Columbian thriller El páramo is the newest import to get the Scream Factory treatment, with a brand new name, The Squad, »
- Jerry Smith
El páramo (The Squad)
Screenplay by Jaime Osorio Marquez
Directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez
The basic conceit of El páramo is what ultimately holds the film back. Try as it might the film can never move past what it presents in its opening minutes. That’s not a good trait in a film, usually at least. El páramo tries to move past its opening scenes and present the squad as having been altered by their discovery, but that’s a lie within the film. There’s no reason that the film couldn’t have done something with its lie, but instead it tries to present said lie as a truth. The question that the film ends up asking is, how can a squad that doesn’t function properly be changed into a squad that doesn’t function properly?
The answer to the above question is that they can’t be changed. »
- Bill Thompson
When a military base in Colombia goes silent, the nine soldiers sent to find out what happened expect the worst, but their idea of “worst” could never amount to the blood-drenched horror and psychological torment that awaits them. Continuing to distribute contemporary horror as well as beloved retro films, Scream Factory is bringing 2011′s The Squad to Blu-ray and DVD this fall.
A Colombian film that debuted in 2011, the home media release of The Squad will come out on October 21st. Special features will consist of the original theatrical trailer and a “Behind The Squad (making of)” featurette.
Written and directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez, The Squad stars Juan Pablo Barragán, Alejandro Aguilar, and Mauricio Navas. For those unfamiliar with the film, we have the official synopsis, a look at the cover art (via Scream Factory), and the official trailer:
Los Angeles, CA – “The horror curators at Scream Factory have »
- Derek Anderson
Jaime Osorio Marquez's The Squad - a Colombian horror film that made the festival rounds in 2011 - is coming to the U.S. courtesy of Scream Factory this fall on October 21st. In the foggy mountains of Colombia, nine soldiers trudge through muddy terrain in search of an outpost that they believe has been invaded by guerrillas.
The post Scream Factory to Bring The Squad Home appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Three Scapulars and Sincerely win top prizes; six other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.
The 5th Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam) (July 14-18) closed on Friday night with awards and referrals to industry events in Locarno and San Sebastian.
The winner of Bam Screenings’ Cinecolour Colombia Prize, worth $10,000 in production services, was Filipe Aljure’s Three Scapulars (Tres Escapularios).
The road movie, produced by Cinempresa.com, focuses on freedom fighters Nico and Lorena who are ordered to assassinate an ex-guerrilla – a heavily pregnant woman named Indira. As the duo develop a romance, they begin to question having to kill the whistle blower and her innocent unborn child.
Special mentions went to Sergio Cabrera’s adaptation of Wendy Guerra’s semi-autobiographic novel Everybody Leaves (Todos se Van) about growing up in 1980s Cuba and Felipe Cano’s crime thriller The Seed of Silence (La Semilla del Silencio).
Bam Project winners
More than 250 applications were submitted for this »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
5 items from 2014
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