Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

pedal cup 2020Two years ago instead of doing the pedal to the metal tournament which was emulating the NCAA basketball tournament, I decided to change it and call it the Pedal Cup. For the first year, we did the world cup edition of the competition and that was won by Japan and Babymetal. That year, we tried our best to get as many bands from different countries as we could and while it sometimes can prove difficult to do, we also plan to do the same for the European edition of the Pedal Cup for this year which will coincide with the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Returning to this year’s tournament are the third and fourth place finishers from the World Cup edition in Portugal and Poland and they will be joined by Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, England, Ukraine, Holland, Austria, Denmark, and so many more celebrating the best in Death Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, and more. So stay tuned here for more info as the bands will be chosen and all of the countries competing will be revealed.

veronicaI wanted to check out something different for today than I had been all month long. I was craving something a little different and I had heard a lot of buzz about a film that was on Netflix that is supposedly based on a true story. The film is called Veronica and it takes place in a suburb of Madrid. Veronica (Sandra Escacena) is not really your typical 15 year old teenager that runs around and does what she wants. You see Veronica has to take care of her three younger siblings to make sure they are fed, go to school, etc. while their mother works all day and night at a Cafe because their father died. Veronica misses him so much that one day while at school, she and her two friends decide to hold a seance with a Ouija board. Unfortunately for Veronica, she calls up something that is not her father and now it’s after her and her family. The film also stars Bruna González (The Promise) as Lucia,  Claudia Placer (Locked Up) as Irene, Iván Chavero as Antoñito, Ana Torrent (The Other Boleyn Girl) as Ana, Consuelo Trujillo (Días sin Luz) as Hermana Muerte, Ángela Fabián (El Rey) as Rosa, Carla Campra (Everybody Knows) as Diana, Chema Adeva (Hospital Central) as Det. Romero, and the film was written and directed by Paco Plaza ([Rec]).

veronica-netflix-650Now as far as how the overall film goes, it’s definitely a spooky film that will creep out plenty of people, but I do not see why people could not finish the film. I didn’t think it was a OMG this is too scary for me, but maybe it’s because of the fact that it’s loosely based on the case of Estafania Gutierrez Lazaro. She was a teenage girl who held a seance with her friends and things just went south from there where she died after suffering from unexplained seizures, etc. That is one thing that will usually get everyone a little extra scared because you know they based it off of an unexplained incident. One of my favorite characters in the film was that of the blind nun known as Hermana Muerte (Sister Death). I liked her because even though she would scare the shit out of most people, she was actually a comforting character who was concerned for Veronica. She also liked her nickname by the way because it was better than what her real name was. She had potential to be a very spooky character, but one thing I do have to say is that she was scarier than their version of the demon. You do not get to see him for the most part other than a black shadowy figure, but I think they could have done a better job with that. I will say that some of her dream sequences were visually pretty good and I was happy with most of it. I definitely think it’s a film worth checking out if you can stand subtitles. I am going to give the film an B+, for more on the actual case click here, and a new feature here on the blog, check out my scare meter below to see how scary I thought the film was.

Scare Meter Veronica

the blind deadIn the middle ages The Knights Templar were sent to the middle east to to protect the holy land from the Muslims or non-believers. The only problem is that when they came back, they are practicing black magic and are sacrificing virgins from the village. In turn they are all hung and the crows take out their eyes in retaliation for their crimes. Now fast forward the present times in Portugal where Virginia (María Elena Arpón) has run into an old friend in Betty Turner (Lone Fleming). She along with her boyfriend Roger (César Burner) invite Betty to come along on their camping trip. Through jealousy over seeing how well her boyfriend and Betty get along, Virginia hopes off the train and attempts to spend the night at the Templars lair. She ends up awakening them and they sacrifice her. After finding out that Virginia is dead, Betty and Roger want to get to the bottom of it to find out just who killed Virginia. The Tombs Of The Blind Dead also stars José Thelman (Return Of The Evil Dead) as Pedro, Rufino Inglés (Death Of A Cyclist) as Insp. Oliveira, Verónica Llimerá (Blood Brides) as Nina. Simón Arriaga (Django) as Morgue Keeper, Francisco Sanz (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie) as Prof. Candal, and the film was directed by Amando de Ossorio (Horror Of The Zombies).

deadI also found this film on the same list as Let’s Scare Jessica To Death and I have to say that I enjoyed Tombs Of The Blind Dead a lot more.  The film had an actual story that made it well worth watching and who doesn’t love zombies. Apparently, this film was released three years after Night Of The Living Dead and it was sort of a different take on the zombie genre that helped cause quite the boom for Spain in the film industry. For the director, it was the first film in the Blind Dead series that he would have and that’s right our zombies are blind. They also feed off of blood like vampires and that is how he preferred them. Ossorio apparently hated the term Zombies and according to one site he preferred them to be more like mummies cause they weren’t thoughtless.  I love the story that is attached to it, but I think they could have done more with the scenes where Virginia is a zombie. It’s going in the right direction at first when she is then it just becomes totally irrelevant once she is killed. What I do love is the last sequence in the film with the dead, Betty, and our train conductors from the beginning of the film. There was enough suspense in that sequence to keep you hooked in. I loved the way the dead looked and they were easily identifiable as Knights and I also loved how some of them rode horses. They were really bad ass looking and different from what your typical zombies looked like. This is definitely a film that is worth checking out and the English overdubs isn’t half bad. I am going to give this film an B+ for a final grade.

recTo try and spawn the next big thing for Hollywood, they will sometimes look to films that may have been big in other countries like The Ring franchise which was based off of the Japanese horror film Ringu. The same could be said for today’s film that I chose to review in the Spanish film [Rec] which ended up with an American version one year later in Quarantine. The film follows a reporter for a late night television show named Angela (Manuela Velasco) who is doing a report on firefighters and what they do at night. During the interview, they get an alarm and she follows them with her cameraman to the scene, but things are just a little weird. An old woman is going crazy and she proceeds to take a bite out of an officer and before they know all of them are trapped inside as the building is sealed off due to an contagious infection. The film also stars Ferran Terraza ([Rec] 2) as Manu, Jorge-Yamam Serrano (Diary Of A Nymphomaniac) as Polica Joven, Pablo Rosso ([Rec] 3: Genesis) as Pablo, David Vert (Diary Of A Nymphomaniac) as Alex, Vicente Gil (Tilt) as Polica Adulto, Carlos Vicente (Tad, The Lost Explorer) as Guilllem, and the film was directed by Jaume Balagueró (Fragile) and Paco Plaza ([Rec] 2).

rec 2If you love old Japanese martial arts films or Godzilla films where the lips are moving, but they’re not saying much, then you’ll love this one thanks to the overdubs. The films was done in Spain so obviously the original language of the film is Spanish so for American audiences to enjoy, they overdubbed the English right in. I Truly believe that I would have rather had the Spanish with English subtitles, but that shouldn’t deter you from watching the film. This is actually a really good film with some minor problems in it, but I like how the story unfolds. There is an infection that is spread through saliva so if you get bitten you are screwed, but it’s a man made infection which makes it more interesting. One thing that I found a little out there is that they try to mix black magic, demon possession, and stuff like that in the idea of how this was created. One of the other things is the woman you’ll notice in the end, where has she been and why has no one else in the building been aware of her all the time they lived there? Other than that, I have no other complaints as I enjoyed the film and I have to be honest with all of you. This was my first time watching any film in this series and as soon as I started watching, I immediately recognized the story. It’s a found footage film, so if you like those, then check this one out because it’s not too bad. There’s not a lot of the shaky camera because it’s a pro camera man filing all of it, but there are times when it’s batted away. I am going to give this film an B for a final grade.

satan's bloodThis is probably the last Cheeseball Cinema entry this blog will have until after the month of October due to Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. So I decided to choose a horror film since for the next 31 days after today, that is all you’ll see here besides the other stuff. In Europe, I have always felt that the horror films are a lot more erotic especially in the 1970’s, but that is because they view sexuality in a completely different way than we do here in the States. Carlos Puerto brings us Satan’s Blood, a horror film from Spain about a couple that decide to go out for a drink when they encounter a couple that claims to know them. They travel to the couple’s house and the couple turns out to be Satanists and after they mess with a Ouija board, things start to go crazy in the house. The film stars Sandra Alberti (El Transexual) as Mary, Ángel Aranda (Planet Of The Vampires) as Bruno, José María Guillén (Le coeur à l’envers ) as Andy, Mariana Karr (Juro que te amo ) as Ana, and Luis Barboo (Conan The Barbarian) as Guarda.

Sandra Alberti CollageThe movie starts off with a rape scene in a satanic cult like church and after a little while, we got the real eroticism as we see a satanic orgy occur with our main characters. There is a real good amount of nudity in this film especially with Sandra Alberti who is practically naked throughout the whole film and Mariana Karr on occasion. So, if you like to see your fair share of nudity to go along with your supernatural, satanic cult films then this one will satisfy you. The acting is actually really good and the voice dubbing is pretty spectacular as well. This film definitely could have been included in the 31 Days Of Halloween posts, but it’s here due to the softcore porn like scenes that seem very real. Mondo Macabro released this film on a special DVD, but I’m not sure if their just distributors. If you can find this film, I really suggest that you give it a shot because I really enjoyed watching it. This isn’t a slasher flick, but rather a supernatural/occult film that takes it to a different level than most American films at the time. One of the cool facts that I read about this film is that when it was released it was given an S rating in Spain which stands for Sex. Apparently that is how Spain rated their films and this was the first film to receive that special rating. Before the movie starts, the director tells you that they worked with someone that was into the occult very closely so that the film was as accurate as possible. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this one a 2.5 for final grade.