Friday, 15 May 2015

La Casa Del Fin de los Tiempos / The House At The End Of Time (2013)

Venezuela : directed by Alejandro Hidalgo - 101 minutes

In 1981, Dulce (Ruddy Rodríguez) lived in an old house with her sons Leopoldo (Rosmel Bustamante) and Rodrigo (Hector Mercado), and her husband Juan José (Gonzalo Cubero). During that time, she experienced multiple cases of strange supernatural phenomena, most notably an elderly woman who kept on warning her that Juan José would soon murder their children. Dulce desperately tries to prevent this from happening but ultimately fails to do so. She is completely shocked and ruined when the police arrive and find that her husband has also been killed. As there are no other people in the house, Dulce is arrested and imprisoned for the triple murder. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce has been released from jail—under the requirement that she serve the rest of her sentence under house arrest in the very house where the murders took place. Once settled, Dulce is visited by a local priest (Guillermo Garcia) who wants desperately to get her to turn back to God as Dulce has lost all her faith in religion. She successfully manages to enlist his help in discovering what exactly happened in her home thirty years ago.

An effective and well made ghost story which had echoes, for me, of Alejandro Amenábar's The Others (2001) and the low budget sci-fi drama Coherence (2013).

Smartly done with a few well staged "jump" moments it's a neat little genre film that has quite a few interesting ideas packed into it's minute running time.

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