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The Appeared (2007)

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One night Malena and Pablo, a sister and brother traveling together in Argentina, discover a diary that details crimes committed twenty years ago. That same night, the past and present ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ruth Díaz ...
Malena
Javier Pereira ...
Pablo
Pablo Cedrón ...
Gabriel De Luca
Leonora Balcarce ...
Amalia Leonardi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Héctor Bidonde ...
Daniel Lerhmann
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Tv Chainsaw Psycho Killer
Dámaso Conde ...
Jimmy 'Pinche' McLaine
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Manuel Leonardi
Daniel Galanz ...
Cirujano joven
Silvia Geijo ...
Camarera
Carolina Hernández ...
Enfermera Centro Médico
Darío Levy ...
Policía Principal
Federico Marrale ...
Policía Joven
Elisa Martín ...
Chica bosque
Sergio Podelei ...
Hombre Depósito (as Sergio Podeley)
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One night Malena and Pablo, a sister and brother traveling together in Argentina, discover a diary that details crimes committed twenty years ago. That same night, the past and present intertwine; before the siblings' helpless eyes, a family is persecuted, tortured, and murdered step-by-step in the manner described in the diary. The siblings' trip becomes a nightmare, in which they don't know if the people whom they're trying to save are real... or manifestations of something that occurred twenty years ago. Following the trail of 'the disappeared', they discover that, beyond the fiction, the true horror is hidden in the reality: 30 000 people were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered under Argentina's military dictatorship. The people forget, but the pain, as a physical presence, lives on. Written by The Gomorrahizer <gomorrahizer@gomorrahy.com>

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A political horror film
2 September 2011 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

A sincere political horror film -- pretty much one of a kind -- that tries to highlight the tortuous past of Argentina's "missing" period. Unfortunately, the horror elements don't work too well, though there are some scares. The biggest fault is the protagonists acting even more implausibly than in your run of the mill Grade B horror flick. That said, the film effectively conjures the horror of the many disappeared in Argentina in that period. And I guess if you're making a film to condemn the torturers who ran Argentina at the time, having "Saw" like gruesomeness is understandable. The final shot of the film is truly haunting, but it's a long road getting there.


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