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Para Elisa (2012)

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When a Spanish student needs money for her senior trip, she applies for a babysitting job, unaware of the circumstances. Can she stay alive, save her best friend, and still make her senior trip?

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Juanra Fernández
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ana Turpin Ana Turpin ... Elisa
Ona Casamiquela Ona Casamiquela ... Ana
Luisa Gavasa ... Diamantina
Jesús Caba Jesús Caba ... Alex
Sheila Ponce Sheila Ponce ... Úrsula
Javier Pereira ... Cristian (rumored)
Pep Anton Muñoz Pep Anton Muñoz ... Agente
Enrique Villén ... Comisario
Pablo Viña Pablo Viña ... Indigente
Frederic Tomàs Frederic Tomàs ... Profesor
Rafa Núñez Rafa Núñez ... Vecino
Daniela Costa Daniela Costa ... Vecina
Abraham Mestre Abraham Mestre ... Party Guest
Oscar Salcedo Oscar Salcedo ... Gothic student
Sandra Soler Sandra Soler ... Gothic student
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Para Elisa is a terrifying story based on a simple, innocent children's game. Something that looks naive and harmless turns into the worst nightmare, into the struggle to escape a tragic and expected end, into an explicit and inevitable horror. Written by Alex Carbonell

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Country:

Spain

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Spanish

Release Date:

1 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Elise See more »

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2.40 : 1
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My Review Of "Para Elisa"
13 September 2015 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

"Para Elisa" is a pretty stereotypical nightmare scenario that is very familiar to most horror fans. It is kind of a "fly in the spider web" situation. The lead character, Ana, is a typical college kid looking for a job. Unfortunately this leads her into the clutches of a house of horrors. The characters are developed nicely, the killers more so than the poor Ana. They are clichés of archetypes found in numerous horror films, and thrillers, but Fernandez does an amazing job at keeping the story interesting enough to pull you into the film, and connect with the characters. The cinematography is a key factor in this ability to give "Para Elisa" the right amount of macabre to keep you on edge.

The special effects are not all that inventive, or gut-wrenching. The suggestive nature of the act that puts these effects into play, however, are very gut-wrenching. The true visceral nightmare that makes "Para Elisa" work is the way that Fernandez makes us relate to the traumatic situation that Ana is in, and the horrors she endures at the hands of a truly deranged Elisa-the real Antagonist of the movie. The torture/kill scenes never really get gory, or visceral enough for me personally. Not that they are any less effective in telling the story, I just would have really fell in love with "Para Elisa" had the actual horror elements been captured on camera, and forced me to endure the visual carnage and brutality. I just wish that Juanra Fernandez would have embraced a bit more splatter-gore with this one.

Overall "Para Elisa" is a nice, well produced horror film. It is a worthy film for any horror fan to enjoy- and in my personal opinion, this one is one of the better import horrors that I have seen in a while. A word of caution-the scenes that don't deal with Ana and Elisa do drag the energy of "Para Elisa" down some, not much but it is noticeable. And even though the characters are just the right amount of tortured and the right amount of psychotic, they are redundant in the horrorsphere so not all who watch the movie will be pleased. I for one liked it enough to recommend it.


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