How did I compile this list? Some of these films have similar themes to their counterparts in the main countdown. Some just missed the countdown by an inch or two. Others were just squozed in because there’s nothing like them out there. Horror is such a broad and varied genre that sometimes, while these choices may not represent the best—something about the film is worth taking notice to and that’s what this series of posts represent. I hope you’ll join me daily and don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web.
So let’s get to it! Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, and most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
Worth Noting – NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN!
This is a wonky and gory little gem from Spain, made a few years ago, but finally seeing the light of day this year on Shudder, DVD/BluRay, and digital download. It’s not the most original or most nuanced, but the comedy is broad and bold and the gore is right in your face. This one will make you chortle and snort a whole helluva lot. I sure did while watching it. You can find NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN from Cleopatra Entertainment on DVD/BluRay, on Shudder, on iTunes, and on Amazon here!
NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN (2016)
Directed by Roberto San Sebastián
Written by Guillermo Guerrero
Starring Javier Bódalo, Miriam Martín, Víctor Amilibia, Víctor Amilibia, Ignatius Farray, Rocío Suárez, Javi Alaiza, Javi Cañón, Mikel Martín
Find out more about this film here!
There’s nothing wrong with a grossout horror comedy and that’s exactly what NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN is. Filmmakers Roberto San Sebastian and Guillermo Guerrero seem proud to be as bawdy and gross as possible and frankly, I love that they are so proud.
Nico (Javier Bodalo) is bound and determined to start the year out right this New Year’s Eve and lose his virginity. After taking an older woman home from a party, he almost immediately regrets his decision once his buzz wears off and he realizes that he may be in the den of a real life bruja (that’s a witch, for us gringos) named Medea (Miriam Martin). Locked inside the apartment with the bruja’s angry boyfriend outside, Nico bumbles and fumbles his way through the apartment as the drunk Medea sleeps, hoping to find someway out of this, an unbelievably sticky situation. What follows is gory, inappropriate, and a twisted good time—for the audience, not Nico!
What makes NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN stand out is that is plays out like a single locale performance as most of the action takes place within Medea’s bizarre apartment. Filled with all sorts of witchy antiquities, the apartment becomes a character in itself in this film. It is also the location for all kinds of madcap antics as Nico tries and fails over and over to escape this fate he finds himself in. It’s cartoonish and gory and all kinds of gross, but this one plays out like a Loony Toons cartoon come to life.
Bodalo and Martin play off of each other perfectly as both slip in and out of consciousness. At first, Bodalo plays the eager virgin, but his motives shift when he realizes he is in the den of a monster. At the same time, Martin is able to make you feel for her as the bruja, as she is both a lonely woman and a vicious monster. Seeing these two fall in and out of lust and then back again through the course of the film makes for one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Yes, this film isn’t for the sensitive types. It’s gory and crass and all kinds of offensive. But not all horror needs to be taken seriously and not a minute of this film requires you to do so. See it, but plan on being grossed out.
WORTH NOTING SO FAR…
David Moscow’s DESOLATION
ARE WE NOT CATS
GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM
NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN
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