The story of Manuel Blanco Romasanta is quite a well known one in Spain. This week things get hairy as we go digging for some underseen werewolf gems! Julian Sands is an actor who tends to evoke derision and even anger among horror fans! Unbeknowingly Bárbara falls in love with him, but soon starts to see that something is wrong. Where Brotherhood of the Wolf was dragged down into near absurdity by over-the-top direction, Romasanta is a far better attempt to tell a similar story. Julian Sands is someone who has appeared in a good many horror and B-movie parts in recent years where he has perfected a hammy and overwrought method of acting. The onscreen text at the end doubles down on the possibility that the man was a werewolf by leaving the door open on the truth. Merchant Manuel Romasanta Julian Sands returns to village to meet his girlfriend Maria Maru Valdivielso.
The cast is strong if mostly unfamiliar, but Westworld fans will recognize Simon Quarterman as an animal behaviorist helping investigate the case. But really I wouldn't bother watching this if I were you. Any vacationing dealer moves from the forest with their outdated truck. Finnish guy writing shortish reviews of movies, books, gadgets and other things that interest me. Bárbara wants revenge and so she participates to hunt Manuel. Romasanta works due to director Paco Plaza who has a exquisitely rich sense of mise-en-scene.
We agreed that It's poorly acted, scripted, dull and drags like a dog with worms drags his arse across the carpet. Professor Philips David Gant is a phrenologist and believes that manuel is insane. Book blog focusing on what ever I read. Welcome to , a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. The film is beautifully photographed and full of lushly textured period detail, amid which Plaza conjures a softness and intimacy. Reviewing my shameless pile of movies, books and stuff. Young women are being torn apart by wolves.
His gradual transformation from attractive, almost mythical hero-figure, to a menacing and extremely callous sociopath in the eyes of his one-time lover Barbara Elsa Pataky is played with great finesse. A British professor is asked by the judiciary to track the creature responsible. If he is the Beast, then Elsa Pataky is the Beauty, giving romantic spice to the story. If all this sounds a little dry and un-involving when written down, it actually makes for a very evocative mystery which really gets under the skin of the main characters. There is a considerable fascination to these scenes. This week things get hairy as we go digging for some underseen werewolf gems! Paco Plaza also has an indirect way of telling his story where he does not immediately let us know what is going on and things are not always clearly spelt out.
Seventy or so mostly forgettable tales of lycanthropes on the prowl? The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Philips takes a much more psychological approach though, and decides the killer is probably suffering from the condition of Lycanthropy. . The real-life Romasanta lived in a time where prevailing superstitions -- which had served to explain abhorrent human behaviour for people throughout the ages -- were beginning to give way to newly developing scientific paradigms which were themselves judged by today's hindsight , often far more informed by the prejudices and received wisdom of their elite practitioners than clear-sighted objectivity. This picture is dependant on the particular true-life account of Manuel Blanco Romasanta, the particular vacationing dealer, who confessed on the murders of 13 persons, from other excess fat to produce water and soap. Wer 2013 An American family on vacation in France finds tragedy when something emerges from the woods, kills the father and young boy, and severely mauls the mother. Meanwhile, the townsfolk are convinced that the spate of killings destroying their community is the work of a pack of vicious wolves, but investigating attorney Luciano believes there may be more to it than that.
It happened in the mid-nineteenth century, when a string of violent deaths took place which seemed in some ways like animal attacks, and in others like cold and calculated murder. I can't submit this review without writing ten lines but I really don't know what to say anymore, apart from we yawned a bit and stared at the wall a few times. My housemate and fellow viewer pointed out a variety of continuity errors. At this point, the film suddenly heads off in a fascinating direction where Julian Sands is placed on trial and his defence is that he is a werewolf who is not responsible for his condition. Because the character is possibly insane, the transformation scene may be judged to be a representation of a delusion; but Plaza takes an interesting approach in depicting it as a sort of birthing scene -- where the wolf form dissolves into a kind of womb from which the human form emerges! Romasanta eventually died in prison under mysterious circumstances. Shot in a highly stylised Gothic fashion, this scene represents the eyewitness report of Romasanta's accomplice, Antonio John Sharian. Alongside Javier Salmones' award winning photography -- with its complementary blending of genre aesthetics -- Elena Serra and Alberto Marini's screenplay explores the opposing world views without blatantly coming down on one side or the other of the divide; thus, a general tone of ambiguity is maintained throughout the proceedings.
In fact, her character is probably the touchstone for the audience's sympathy throughout the movie's torturous changes in narrative focus; at the start of the film she is the potential mistress. Plot 1851 in the Galicia region of Spain. He finds a temporary home in a small town populated by shape-shifting gangsters who work with corrupt humans to eradicate and eat their criminal competition. In the desperate hunt to find a werewolf film of any standing discovered Romasanta. Film blog focusing mainly but not fully to lesser known films, genre films, B-movies, direct to video flicks and Finnish films. Antonio is arrested for the murders but Barbara leads authorities to track down and arrest Romasanta.
Also, it has to be said. His ideas and theories are an exotic mishmash which incorporate both outdated by today's standards pseudo-science with some very prescient nods toward modern-day understanding in psychiatry and genetics. One of the more interesting supporting characters to grace the film is that of Professor Philips -- played beautifully by David Gant. Manuel Romasanta Maria Bárbara Teresa and Maria are murdered. Paco Plaza's beautifully-shot film cleverly mirrors the tensions between the two modes of understanding through its cinematography with its simultaneous invocation of the romantic, magic-realism of the Gothic horror of period Hammer films -- where the existence of such beasts as werewolves is a given fact only denied by sceptics hidebound by rigid scientific orthodoxy -- and a gritty, realist photographic style that depicts the harshness of living conditions for the poor populace of the forest region in such a manner as to suggest a psychological explanation for their readiness to attribute fantastical origins to the wolves that are killing women and children in the area as the film opens. The film is voiced in English like most Fantastic Factory productions, so does not suffer from bad English dubbing. Julian Sands who is always cast as handsome but more or less dubious characters.