We’ve seen it all before
A man brings his wife and kids to their ancestral home in a superstitious village…
As soon as the movie began, it was clear writer Rodrigo Guedes de Carvalho was going to exploit all the trappings of his culture. Roman Catholicism, possession, exorcism, village mentality versus city dweller mode of thinking, spiritualism, ghosts, family and superstition versus reality all come into play. The only problem is that we’ve seen these stories unfold in horrors repeatedly from a slew of other Western, as well as Asian, nations.
He does one thing, however, that is wonderful. The stereotypical villages that tell the city folk they don’t belong – or hate them outright – isn’t necessarily prevalent. Thankfully, with that hackneyed element not in the picture, I was able to indulge.
The acting was fairly strong, especially by Adriano Luz and Sara Carinhas, though Manuela Couto succumbed to be being far too melodramatic. The story maintained a solid pace with exceptional cinematography by Victor Estevão, capturing the atmosphere of the Monteiro homestead as beautifully as he did the lush countryside. Sadly, suspense and scares were sorely lacking and the end came as no shock.
Tag team directors Tiago Guedes and Frederico Serra have definite talent, and I hope they pick a stronger tale for their next outing.
1.5 out of 5 stars