The story of a man, 2 women and an inescapable pact made with the Devil. Following a friend's apparent suicide, Paul (Pilon) begins to believe that something strange is going on. Following ... See full summary »
17th C.Navarre, Lord Fermin, helped by an inquisitor, has started a witch hunt. Villagers are arrested and tortured to extract 'confessions'. However, Fermin is using this horror to tarnish Unai, a farmer who opposes his rule of tyranny.
José Luis López Vázquez,
Most effective matter of fact Spanish horror set in the mid 19th century and seemingly based upon a true story. Most convincing with ancient looking primitive village folk going about their very basic daily life and in their midst someone who, we have seen in the pre-credit sequence suffers a traumatic event whilst a young child. The implication is clear and gradually the ghastly tale unfolds as at first we seem to see the old peddler turn into a werewolf and kill and later clearly more the victim of his own being. Some of the village scenes are a little on the dark side but the woods look amazing and make for a superb setting for the various violent incidents, of which, it has to be said we do not see very much. The finale is a wondrous sight seeming as it is to be a realistic or even real version of what we have seen so many times before when the villages take up arms for the hunt.
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