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The eight year old boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war: the leader Maria and her lover Pablo; the gays Lucas and Mateo; the astronomer Magdalena and the teenager Ana; the soldier Pedro and the lonely Judas. They are permanently under surveillance, threatened by the contaminated mutants The Strangers and once a day they have to lock themselves in their rooms without heating to protect against the dangerous ghosts The Invisibles that attack in the Cold Hour. They cannot go to the surface, destroyed by a nuclear war. When they need supplies, medications and ammunition, they organize expeditions to a store. When the menace of The Invisibles affects the safety of the group of survivors, they need to reach the surface. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Amazing and interesting Spanish Sci-Fi , crammed with thrills , chills , action and unsettling scenes
"The Dark Hour" deals with a group of people formed by eight survivors of an apocalyptical war , all of them are living into a rotten underground surrounded by strange creatures . They cannot leave the complex and they live in an usual state of vigilance . The misfit bunch is constantly in situation of control , as they are besieged by the contaminated mutants who spread a deadly virus and the Strangers , some invisible as well as menacing beings . The older people attempt the children learn about life by teaching them . They try to rehabilitate children who feel no pain or distress . But the food supplies are running out and they are physically suffering and urgently need medicines and weapons , so that they must leave the secure area . What lurks outside the small area they inhabit, however, is so threatening that they dare not even speak of it . Mankind's fate is sealed . There's a final quote during the end credits: "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds," from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, as said by J. Robert Oppenheimer after the first nuclear test detonation in Los Alamos.
Spanish Sci-Fi/horror film set in a dystopian world full of thrills , suspense , chills and creepy twists and turns . ¨La Hora Fria¨ or ¨The cold hour¨ weaves a fantastic story , about a group of eight people searching for whatever thing necessary for his survival . As they live isolated in crumbling installations , the group is finely performed by Silke , Julio Periñan , Omar Muñoz and special mention for veteran Pepo Oliva as a lonely old man . This scary , 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 as well as amazing denouement . A low budget Spanish production with a timeline that spans through a few days , it is a thriller that begins introducing the varied characters and goes on through until a surprising final . ¨La Hora Fria¨ suffers from some sputtering about a quarter of the way in , the sputtering came from an unique scenario, away from spectacular set pieces and toward a very sad story line , one which suffers from some slow-moving scenes and claustrophobic atmosphere . Interesting screenplay by the same director revolving the mental disintegration of a diverse group and the various amazing surprises they find . The motion picture is pretty well , although sometimes deliberate pacing and packs a lot of turns ; however is entertaining for continuous suspense and intriguing as well as shady atmosphere . The picture is thrilling and some moment brilliant, and the players are quite reliable . Ghastly movie builds taut by showing virtually well staged set pieces , appropriately sinister settings , enjoyable soundtrack and gloomy cinematography . Few disagree that the film is professionally mounted , the performances solid , and that it respectfully carries on the tradition and borrowing several elements of Spanish "horror" films . Furthermore , ¨La Hora Fria¨ takes parts here and there from known films such as ¨Omega man¨, ¨Dark city¨ , ¨28 weeks later¨ , ¨day of the dead¨ , among others .
Rousing as well as disturbing musical score by Alfons Conde , a good composer expert on dark atmospheres such as he proved in "Blind Alley" or ¨El Callejon¨ , ¨Viento En Contra¨, ¨Abandoned¨, and ¨Nodo¨or "The Haunting", the latter also directed by Quiroga . Adequate cinematography by Angel Fernández who creates an unique atmosphere , he's Pedro Almodovar's regular cameraman , as he photographed "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" , ¨Matador¨, ¨La Ley Del Deseo¨ . This is a motion picture displaying genuine chills , suspense, mystery and dark atmosphere and twisted finale , being skillfully proceeded by Elio Quiroga and turned out to one of the most unusual Spanish thrilling movies of 2006 and certainly one of the most unsettling . Quiroga is a good director and writer, known for ¨Fotos¨ , ¨Nodo¨ and this his most successful film , ¨La Hora Fria¨ ; he also directed shorts and documentary .
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