HIDDEN IN THE WOODS / MEMORY OF THE DEAD double-feature
SPANISH-LANGUAGE HORROR DOUBLE-FEATURE featuring
HIDDEN IN THE WOODS (Chile, 2012) + MEMORY OF THE DEAD (Argentina, 2012)
The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Artsploitation Films, and Danger After Dark present a double feature of shocking new Spanish-language horror cinema from Latin Americauncut, unrated, and unbelievable! Both films will be making their Philadelphia Premieres.
Chile's HIDDEN IN THE WOODS is the year's most controversial horror film and is currently being remade for America, but this is the grisly original version! Ana and Anny live with their deformed brother in the Chilean countryside, after having been tortured and imprisoned by their drug dealing father. Police investigate, bullets and chainsaws fly, and the three siblings are on their own, and on the road. Their father's boss is in pursuit, convinced that the sisters know about his supply. He unleashes an army of assassinsbut amidst a world of bloody executions, roadside prostitution, sexual assault, and even cannibalism, the bodies keep on piling up. Based on a bizarre true story yet with an outrageous streak of dark comedy, this is grindhouse spirit for the 21st century.
"Now we're no prudes, some of our favourite films are amongst the most controversial of all time and really pushed boundaries but Hidden in the Woods is a film that crossed a line for us." Starburst (U.K.).
"Like the bastard child of a Ruggero Deodato/Sam Peckinpah/Gaspar Noé pile-up gestated in the loins of Roberta Findlay, HIDDEN IN THE WOODS is a blisteringly confrontational piece of work that will have even the bravest of audiences watching from between their fingers if not full-out running for cover Take-no-prisoners, cutthroat cinema at its most uncompromising. You've been warned." Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival.
Argentina's MEMORY OF THE DEAD is a stylish, inventive supernatural shocker that has been an understandable hit at genre film festivals around the world, and it's certainly one hell of a wild ride, boasting some truly terrifying FX setpieces bathed in a cuckoo, candy-colored visual palette that makes Mario Bava's gothic classics look positively monochromatic by comparison. Following the sudden death of her husband Jorge, the grieving widow Alicia assembles all of his friends to a vast country manor for a reading of Jorge's final letter to his peers. But Alicia also has other plans in mind, for she is helping her husband return from the grave through a spell that will find all of the gathered guests forced to confront the (literal) ghosts of their individual pasts. Both scary and hysterical in equal measure, MEMORY OF THE DEAD is the cinematic equivalent of a funhouse ride.
"Influenced by everything from Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) to Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II (1987) this bit of occult horror from director Valentín Javier Diment pops like a Tex Avery cartoon off the screen, offering solid laughs and genuinely shocking gross out gore. But it's also helped out by a good screenplay offering weirder than weird plot twists taking viewers who wish to go deeper beyond those surface reactions into some genuine poignancy La Memoria Del Muerto is well worth seeking out and unlikely to fade from memory any time soon." -- Dave Canfield, Twitchfilm.com
MEMORY OF THE DEAD at 7:30, HIDDEN IN THE WOODS at 9:30
Admission is $8 for each individual film, $12 for both.
531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123