M.L. Miller here! As I go into the tenth year of reviewing horror films, I wanted to go back to the beginning and repost some of the films I loved. Last month, counted down my favorite horror films from my first year of reviewing. Now it’s on to Year Two which began officially on October 1, 2011 and went through September 30, 2012. I have posted compilation lists in the past, but a lot of those old reviews haven’t seen the light of day since they were first posted many moons ago. Being the OCD person that I am, I have also worked and reworked the list, looking back at my own choices and shifting them around a bit. I’ve even added a few that I might have missed or looked over from the year in question. So, if you think you know how these lists are going to turn out, you don’t!
How did I compile this list? I simply looked through films released between October 1st, 2011 and September 30, 2012 and worked and reworked the list until I had the magic number—31. Again, I never call myself any kind of expert in horror. I simply watch a lot of horror films and love writing about them. Don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web on your own personal social media. 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, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
Released on January 17, 2012 and available on Video On Demand, digital download, and DVD/BluRay!
COLD SWEAT (2010)
aka SUDOR FRIO
Directed by Adrián García Bogliano
Written by Adrián García Bogliano, Ramiro García Bogliano, Hernán Moyano
Starring Facundo Espinosa, Marina Glezer, Camila Velasco, Omar Musa, Omar Gioiosa
Find out more about this film here and here!
There are some films which move slow and drive deep into the viewers hearts and minds. Then there are some like SUDOR FRIO AKA COLD SWEAT which pumps like an adrenalized heartbeat. Every second of COLD SWEAT is a kinetic anvil symphony and never slows down for you to catch your breath until the very last second.
There is a story here amidst the horrific action, but for the most part, it’s secondary to the aggressive forward momentum and explosive beats. A jealous boyfriend investigates the spot where his cheating girlfriend disappeared days prior. Upon entering the home, he realizes that this isn’t the bungalow of a young stud boy but a house of horror occupied by a pair of elderly men left over from an age-old revolution. Continuing their revolutionary work, the two experiment with nitroglycerin, dynamite, and bizarre equations on a chalk board. Their victims–youngsters lured to their doorstep via a dating service.
All of this happens in the first fifteen minutes of the film. I haven’t even gotten to the armless legless guy in the side room or the mutilated zombie ladies in the basement, or the insane gang members next door. As I said, this film is jam packed with fantastic ideas and over the top excitement. Director Adrián García Bogliano makes this a RUN LOLA RUN for the horror set, with the racing narrative that rarely pauses for breath.
Bogliano does some fantastic movie magic, incorporating hyper-slow motion, hi-def detail, and a throbbing rock soundtrack to make the moments of tension hit the viewer like a sledge hammer. COLD SWEAT is not a subtle film. Not by a long shot. But it is a visual masterpiece. Bogliano already wowed me with PRENUMBRA, a subtle and patient slow burner about Satan and the end of the world. Here he does the exact opposite, barreling through all expectations like a charging bull and never coming up short with breath taking visuals and creative ideas. Bogliano is a filmmaker to watch. Check out COLD SWEAT. It’s a glorious assault on the senses not to be forgotten.
THE 2011-2012 COUNTDOWN!
#14 – COLD SWEAT
#15 – THE INNKEEPERS
#16 – THE PACT
#17 – V/H/S
#18 – OUTCAST
#19 – LITTLE DEATHS
#20 – JUAN OF THE DEAD
#21 – BLOOD JUNKIE
#22 – THE SNOWTON MURDERS
#23 – PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3
#24 – [REC]3 GENESIS
#25 – JULIA’S EYES
#26 – MOTHER’S DAY
#27 – EL PARAMO (THE SQUAD)
#28 – INBRED
#29 – THE SLEEPER
#30 – FATHER’S DAY
#31 – THE MOTH DIARIES
M. L. Miller is a wordslinger/writer of wrongs/reviewer/interviewer/editor of MLMILLERWRITES.COM. Follow @Mark_L_Miller.
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