Lara, the host of a radio call-in show dealing in psychic phenomena, discovers that her estranged lover has been found dead in a small Spanish village. She learns that he was conducting ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Agustín Villaronga)
Reviews
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

El mar (2000)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two boys (Ramallo and Manuel) and a girl in the Spanish Civil War are involved in the death of other two boys, one killed, the other suicided. This terrible secret will be with them for all... See full summary »

Director: Agustí Villaronga
Stars: Roger Casamajor, Bruno Bergonzini, Antònia Torrens
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However, he survives with the entire body paralyzed and dependable of an iron lung with ... See full summary »

Director: Agustí Villaronga
Stars: Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the dark corridors of Félix's house, an intruder is hiding. Is he real, or is he a manifestation inside the obscure maze of his mind?

Director: Guillem Morales
Stars: Andoni Gracia, Mónica López, Francesc Garrido
Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Adopted by a treacherous semi-scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common, extraordinary 12-year-old David begins an archetypal journey across two continents to find his destiny as Child of the Moon.

Director: Agustí Villaronga
Stars: Maribel Martín, Lisa Gerrard, Enrique Saldana
Pa negre (2010)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to ... See full summary »

Director: Agustí Villaronga
Stars: Francesc Colomer, Marina Comas, Nora Navas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Aro Tolbukhin is a hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in a Mission in Guatemala, the movie traces back to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary.

Directors: Isaac-Pierre Racine, Agustí Villaronga, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carmen Beato, Zóltán Józan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Recently escaped from reformatory, young Reinaldo struggles to get by in the streets of Havana in the late 90s, one of the worst decades for Cuban society. Hopes, disillusionment, rum, good... See full summary »

Director: Agustí Villaronga
Stars: Maikol David, Yordanka Ariosa, Héctor Medina
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lara
...
Dolores
Ruth Gabriel ...
Julia
...
Lázaro
...
Victor
Juan Márquez ...
Mauri
...
Pedro Mari Sánchez ...
Juan
Miguel Picazo ...
Galiana
Maite Brik ...
Madre Mauri
Jordi Canals ...
Mendigo / Beggar
Paula Soldevila ...
Petra
Francisco Maestre ...
Psiquiatra
Alicia Agut ...
Guardesa
...
Luisa
Edit

Storyline

Lara, the host of a radio call-in show dealing in psychic phenomena, discovers that her estranged lover has been found dead in a small Spanish village. She learns that he was conducting secret experiments searching for tortured souls trapped behind the energy of the living world. This leads her to an old abandoned house where the experiments took place, and where screaming faces seem to form within the stones of the walls... Written by Brian Patrick

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (Spain)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Eerie film builds tension by showing virtually creepy images , unsettling score and evocative settings
2 February 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Mystery , terror , intrigue about a woman seeking clues about his lover's killing . Spanish horror film full of thrills , suspense , chills , intrigue and plot twists . It gives a terrifying and disturbingly adult view of fears in which posses an element of witchery . The motion picture is pretty well , although sometimes slow moving and packs turns ; however is entertaining for continuous suspense and unsettling atmosphere . It deals with Lara (Maria Barranco) , a radio host expert on psychic phenomena , she learns her estranged lover (Gustavo Salmeron) has been found dead in a small Spanish village . She aware that he was carrying out secret experiments searching for tortured souls trapped behind the energy of the living world. This leads her to an old abandoned house whose owner is a villager named Lazaro (Angel De Andres Lopez) , and where various faces have appeared and disappeared at irregular intervals , screaming faces seem to form within of the walls . In fact , the film is partially based on facts , as the Faces of Bélmez is an alleged paranormal phenomenon in a private house in Spain which started in 1971 when residents claimed images of faces appeared in the concrete floor of the house. These images have continuously formed and disappeared on the floor of the home. Located at the Pereira family home at Moraleda, Jaén, Andalusia, Spain, the Bélmez faces have been responsible for bringing large numbers of sightseers to Bélmez and many residents believe that the faces were not made by human hand. The phenomenon is considered by some parapsychologists the best-documented and "without doubt the most important paranormal phenomenon in the century" .

This exciting , bizarre film contains tension , thriller, drama , mystery , plot twists and shocks , including decent scares with tense terror sequences especially in its final part , in a creepy denouement . Interesting screenplay by the same director revolving the mental disintegration of a woman overwhelmed by her lover's disappearance and the various astonishing surprises she finds . Filmmaker Agusti Villaronga also wrote the strange plot , embarking into the phantasmagorical, or even quasi-surrealist story . The picture is thrilling and some moment brilliant, and the actors are quite reliable. As Maria Barranco as the host of a radio call-in show , Terele Pávez as Dolores , Ruth Gabriel as Julia , Simón Andreu as Simón , Pedro Mari Sánchez as Juan Miguel Picazo as Galiana , Maite Brik as Madre and special appearance by Gustavo Salmeron in a little role as her lover and appearing in his most part by means of flashbacks . Although is sometimes slow moving , overlong and stagy , however is entertaining for continuous suspense . Intelligent edition, special use of dark sets and slick utilization of shock images make this one, an acceptable terror film . Sinister and mysterious atmosphere is finely photographed by magnificent cameraman Javier Aguirresarobe which heightens the suspense . Aguirresarobe subsequently would make a prestigious career in Hollywood such as ¨Fright night , ¨The twilight saga: eclipse¨, ¨The road¨ , ¨The others¨ and many others . Suspenseful and stirring musical score by Javier Navarrete who has composed for successful terror movies such as ¨Mirrors¨ , ¨Pan's labyrinth¨, ¨Thirteen chimes¨ ,¨The devil's backbone¨ and ¨The hole¨.

The motion picture was compellingly directed by Agusti Villaronga . Agusti was born in 1953 in Majorca, Balearic Islands, he uses to do films including genuine chills , suspense , mystery and dark atmospheres . His movies pack excellent creation of taut , thriller , emotions and rare atmospheres such as ¨Aro Tolbukhin¨ , ¨El mar¨ , ¨El Niño de la Luna¨ and especially ¨In a glass cage¨ or ¨Tras el Cristal¨ . His greatest success was ¨Black bread¨ or Pa Negre¨ winning several Goyas .


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?