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The Dark Hour (2006)

La hora fría (original title)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Elio Quiroga

Writer:

Elio Quiroga
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Cast

Cast overview:
Silke ... María
Omar Muñoz ... Jesús
Pepo Oliva ... Judas
Carola Manzanares Carola Manzanares ... Magda
Jorge Casalduero ... Pedro
Julio Perillán ... Pablo
Sergio Villanueva ... Mateo
Pablo Scola ... Lucas
Nadia de Santiago ... Ana
Marco González Marco González ... Niño Solo
Luis Sánchez-Gijón Luis Sánchez-Gijón ... Voz Propaganda (voice)
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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

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Mankind's fate is sealed See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

14 September 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hora Negra See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,148
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(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Lucas: I have a bad feeling about this.
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Crazy Credits

A sequence after the end credits shows a teddy bear (intended as part of the debris from the extinct Earth) landing on the moon surface near the historical land-site of Apollo XI. See more »

Connections

References The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »

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I'm Gonna Jazz My Way (Right Straight Through Paradise)
Written by Will E. Skidmore (as Skidmore) and Marshall Walker (as Walker)
Performed by Mary Stafford and Her Jazz Band
Recorded in 1921
© by The Internet Archive - Open Source Audio
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The Cold, Bleak and Finest Hour
26 August 2009 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

You will find absolutely no plot-info in this short comment/praise of director/writer Elio Quiroga's debut feature film. Because one of the cool things about LA HORA FRÍA is when you enter it, you have no idea what kind of movie this is. You think it might be some sort of post-apocalyptic drama, set in an underground facility. Pretty down-to-earth and believable. But as it progresses, you still don't have a clue what it's actually going to turn into. There's a re-occurring, strange supernatural phenomenon. A bit later it feels like you've just entered Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD vs. Cameron's ALIENS, so to speak (more in vibe than actual subject matter). And the real nature of this films pretty much continues to be a question mark right up until the final, fascinating revelation at the end. And don't worry, it's not some twist along the lines of "Oh, it's all not real after all...". A solid film that went beyond my expectations. Try to not read anything else about it, and just watch it. One thing I'll add: It's not straight-up horror but a great mixture of things, that's for sure. Great things, including haunting cinematography and a script soaked with a bleak sense of hopelessness, all accomplished on a modest budget.


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