Slamdance 2011: Trailer for ATROCIOUS

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
January 14th, 2011

If my rigorous Sundance festival scheduling pans out, I may even have some time to slip into some Slamdance screenings. Top my list? ATROCIOUS. The only caveat to that? I’ll need to find another Sundancer to go with me, because I will most likely spend my ATROCIOUS-watching time tearing out my hair and peeing my pants.

The Spanish-language film from young Mexican filmmaker Fernando Barreda Luna is already drawing comparisons to another big Slamdance horror hit – PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. Also, another film that unhinged me. Both films work with the “found footage” style, but ATROCIOUS is already being touted as being genuinely scary, too. The film’s official synopsis is as such – “In April of 2010, Spanish police reported the discovery of 37 hours of recorded evidence that shed new light on a gruesome murder investigation. The found footage documents a family of five spending a holiday at their summer house, where brother-and-sister Cristian and July Quintanilla pass the time investigating a terrifying local urban legend. As their investigation intensifies strange occurrences in and around the house escalate rapidly, before culminating in unspeakable atrocities.”

Over at Cinematical, they’ve got the exclusive (NSFW!) trailer, and it is a doozy, effectively editing together Cristian and July’s video with that of the investigators. Check it out after the break!

The film premiered at the 43rd Sitges International Film Festival and was such a hit there that Celluloid Nightmares picked up the film’s worldwide rights post-premiere.

Are you interested in another low budget found footage horrorfest?

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