Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Shrew's Nest (2014) Scary Movies 2015

Nia is the only contact with the outside world  for her sister Montse. The girls live together in an apartment left behind by their father after their abandoned them not long after their mother died.  Montse has retreated into the apartment and never left, fearing the terrors of what is outside. One day a young man has an accident outside their door. Montse drags the young man in and things begi to go wildly off the rails in a twisted turn of events that make Stephen King's Misery look like  kids story.

A weird mix of horror and the grotesque the film actually seems more like a very unpleasant black comedy with Macarena Gómez's performance as Montse seemingly over the top. The film is sort of like watching a really bad accident where you can't take your eyes off the screen because you can't believe the terrible things that are occurring. I sat there watching the film wincing at what was happening, but unable to cover my eyes because I had to see where this was going.

Its the sort of film where you'll be mumbling to yourself about how f-ed up it all is. This is also a film that you can use as a measuring stick about whether you should be talking to someone. If they love this film and can relate to Montse run as far away from them as you can go.

Snarky remarks aside this film is highly recommended for anyone who want a trip into madness or really likes to be made uncomfortable by the terrible things that some people do on screen. If you want a film that is going to force you to engage with it this is the one.

The film plays Monday at Lincoln Center's Scary Movies. For tickets and more information go here.

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