Kicking off with a literal climax featuring tentacle penetration puts Escalante in a difficult position to frame The Untamed as a work of suspense. In the scenes that follow, though, he makes it clear that this is no creature feature. Instead, it’s a multi-faceted drama, punctuated by cursory scenes of tentacled ecstasy. In shedding this initial tension, Escalante is able to easily weave scenes of entrancing eroticism into a work built on stark, political images in the social realist tradition.
July 01, 2017