KIDNAPPED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Miguel Angel Vivas Stars: Fernando Cayo, Dritan Biba, Ana Wagener, Manuela Velles. Some of the best horror films seem to be emerging from Spain at the moment. Kidnapped is a taut and efficiently brutal thriller that will certainly unsettle many in the audience. The film draws upon real events as a starting point. Each year in Europe there are some 300,000 home invasions, many of them violent. This brutal but engrossing new thriller from Spanish filmmaker Miguel Angel Vivas (the 2002 crime thriller Reflections) depicts one such Continue reading

THE LAST CIRCUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alex de la Iglesia Stars: Carlos Arece, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang The Last Circus (also known as Balada Triste de Trompeta or A Sad Trumpet Ballad) was a bold choice for opening night film of the recent Spanish Film Festival. This is a startling and confronting film that will not appeal to everyone. Directed with verve by Alex de la Iglesia (The Oxford Murders, Ferpect Crime, etc), The Last Circus is a dark, picaresque and violent black comedy about the romantic rivalry between two horribly disfigured clowns for the Continue reading

JULIA’S EYES

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillem Morales Stars: Belen Rueda, Luis Homar. Julia’s Eyes is a strong but cliched and rather generic Gothic suspense thriller that closed the Spanish Film Festival. Julia (Belen Rueda, from The Orphanage, etc) is gradually going blind from a degenerative disease. It is the same disease that plagued her twin sister. But when her sister is found dead as the result of a suspected suicide, Julia cannot accept the truth and begins her own investigation. Julia believes that her sister was murdered, but she finds it hard Continue reading