Horror Club: Terrified
Argentinian horror has been brought up a lot recently, since the public release of TERRIFIED on Shudder's streaming service, and for good reason: it's pretty fucking terrifying. From the box art alone, you can tell you're going to be in for quite the wild ride as Terrified mashes together elements of paranormal films, sci-fi flicks and straight up horror into a literal roller coaster of "what the hell's" as the hour and a half movie plays. Written and directed by Demián Rugna, the film - which typically goes by 'Aterrados' - starts off rather slowly, but once it picks up, boy does it pick up and it gets relentlessly crazier and crazier; an element that takes a horror movie from being "good" to "great." From the crazy paranormal happenings to the stunning visuals all throughout to the creatures you encounter along the way, Terrified more than earns both the title and reputation it has been gaining in the horror community recently. If you were to ask me, it's a must-watch this Halloween season, without a doubt.
It starts off with a husband and wife casually living their life in Buenos Aires when the woman hears voices coming from her kitchen sink telling her that they want to kill her. It isn't long after that the husband hears pounding on the walls and his investigation into the banging leads him to his bathroom where his wife is literally flying back and forth above the bath tub, her body slamming into the walls causing her body to smash and bleed; a slow torment of a death. Before long, you'll come to learn that this isn't an isolated incident from this neighborhood: strange occurrences and deaths are seemingly common, and while police may have one idea of what's going on, a team of paranormal investigators have their own theories that they are dying to investigate. Terrified shares the story of some of the gruesome events that take place on the block and more importantly, the people working to figure out what exactly is going on.
As I mentioned earlier, once the ball gets rolling on the terror that this film delivers, it doesn't stop. It honestly had me so on edge in anticipation of what was going to happen next - it's been a while since I've seen a movie with that kind of effect on me. The creatures and experiences that these individuals are having are what nightmares are truly made of, and it makes for an incredible mind-melting scare. In an attempt to not give too much away about what you will encounter in Terrified, let me just say this: there's a good portion of the film along the likes of "Pet Sematary" that will shock, frighten and haunt you until the very end of the flick. And as the climax of the film draws near, every event that follows is unpredictable, unanticipated and ruthless. There's no lull in the action as Terrified continues to tell a terrifying tale that, as far as I'm concerned, makes for an epic, must-see horror experience. The film is subtitled in Spanish and I know a lot of people aren't exactly appreciative of subtitled horror, this one is worth your time, no doubt.
If you haven't caught on yet, Terrified honestly surprised me in just how terrifying it actually turned out to be, and I can't recommend it enough. It's something that feels very unique and original, and that definitely triumphs over a lot of your everyday horror you'll find on Netflix. You probably haven't seen anything quite like this before and I feel like paranormal fans and sci-fi fans alike will take appreciation in the story, the characters, the creatures and the beautiful imagery Terrified has to offer. It's a great way to prepare for Halloween, which is right around the corner!