For a horror movie, I thought this was good. Very gothic and depressing. There were some wonderful landscapes, but also one or two shots that were very haunting. A couple of scares throughout the movie and the search for Simón kept me always alert and engaged with the story. The ending felt a bit contradictory and bittersweet: neither happy or tragic enough to conclude the story with the necessary confidence.
I absolutely adored this film! The scares are scary. The house is truly haunting. Belen Rueda is stunning. The whole film feels like an old style ghost story. A classy fright film all the way down the line. The ending is devastating.
Horror. Old style. Having to do with loss, potential loss, death. Not guts and gore, feared loss. Beautiful pictures. Appropriate music. Excellent story line. Cheesy end? So four stars. Gorgeous movie, though.
Watched the movie for the second time. I love this old fashioned ghost story with its beautiful as well as precise photography and its use of slow (and sometimes suggestive) camera movements. Also the music is perfectly in line with the narrative.
Une oeuvre "fantastique" fort bienvenue, dans la foisonnante filmographie hispanique du genre, qui a pour ingénieuse élaboration scénaristique et visuelle de pouvoir se regarder sans cesse, avec deux regards divergents, celui à connotation réaliste, teinté d'explications psychologiques et pragmatiques, et celui à prédominance fantastique, avec ses nombreux points de vue ésotériques et spectrales... www.cinefiches.com