Take a terrifying plunge into the warped mind of a disturbed young woman. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard... See full summary »
In 1966, somewhere in Russia, a wounded woman drives a truck to an isolated farm with two babies. Forty years later, the film producer Marie Jones leaves her daughter in California and travels back to her home land in the wilderness of Russia. Marie is one of the children and had received a phone call from the notary public Andrei Misharin, who told her where the farm of her family is located. Marie arrives at the abandoned house and meets the stranger Nicolai, who tells her that he had also received a call from Misharin and he is her twin brother. Weird things happen in the house and Marie and Nicolai are haunted by eerie ghosts of themselves. Further, they find that they are trapped in the house and can not leave the place. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Filmax wanted a name actress for the role of Marie and there were some executive negotiations with actresses like Nastassja Kinski and Holly Hunter. Director Nacho Cerdà insisted on an unknown because he wanted to bring more humanity to the character. Cerdà picked up Anastasia Hille after a casting session in London and Filmax finally went with the director's choice. See more »
When we see the family around the table in the opening scene, the daughter crossed herself with her left hand. See more »
Nacho Cerda's first feature length film is a true masterpiece. Definitely one of the most frightening films I have seen in years, thanks in part to great writing, acting, sound, cinematography, and a menacing electronic soundtrack by David Kristian, who IMHO is the future of horror film music. Anyone who has already seen Cerda's previous efforts will know what I am talking about when I say he is a master at creating repulsively beautiful images that stay with you long after the film is over. Cerda doesn't pull any punches, whether he's aiming at your gut or at your brain. Forget what you think you know about ghost stories, The Abandoned makes movies like An American Haunting and other recent supernatural flicks seem like kiddie fare. Thank you Mr. Cerda, thank you!
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