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The ex-addicted and paranoid Renee and her fiancé and former doctor Jeffrey move together to a remote house nearby the Mexican border. She meets Michael, who works in the area taking care of wind mills, and invites him to have dinner with Jeffrey and her. Sooner they find that the place is under siege of a hungry Mayan descendant family of zombies that was killed by an unknown murderer and cursed by an old ritual. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A more human, religious perspective on the zombie theme
Unlike "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), this film gives more emphasis to the religious and cultural basis for the zombies themselves. The film makes the most of the isolated desert location, using coloured filters and music with a South American feel to create an expectation of the zombies presence before we see them for real. The plot has plenty of twists, and the unusually, the film becomes increasingly absorbing as it progresses.
Admittedly, the production values are low, with music cutting in and out on scene changes in a distracting manner and special affects which are not only cheap, but unimaginative. However, this is made up for by good acting, makeup and authenticity in the interior scenes. Amanda Baumann plays the lead role in a convincing manner. Her character has a number of original facets that give her character a depth, so that you can't guess how things will turn out and keep watching.
As often happens with movies that have a supernatural dimension, the fact that supernatural means that things do not correspond to nature give the filmmaker the excuse to ignore logic and plausibility. We therefore see quite a few scenes that defy logic, and the viewer will have to be prepared to make allowances.
Overall, despite its limitations, I found it quite compelling to watch through to the the end.
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