Film Review: INTO THE MUD (2016) (Short Film)

INTO THE MUD **** Spain 2016 Dir: Pablo Pastor. 10 mins

A wordless two-hander, this impressive Spanish short opens with one of modern horror’s most clichéd images: a naked, bloodied, mud-caked blonde in the woods, waking up in a dazzled state and fleeing from an armed, seemingly deranged redneck. You know you’re in highly familiar territory, though writer-director Pablo Pastor’s sharp visual style holds your attention, and then he takes an impressive U-turn that unveils a startling, feral antagonist.  It pays off with a jolting last act that leaves you craving more of the “monster”. Maria Forque is a notably alarming presence in this satisfying subversion of expectation.

Review by Steven West

‘INTO THE MUD’ OFFICIAL TRAILER from Pablo S. Pastor on Vimeo.

Author: Peter 'Witchfinder' Hopkins

Founder and Editor in Chief of Horror Screams Video Vault

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