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The Appeared (English Subtitled)

6.11 h 44 min2009X-Ray18+
In this gripping thriller, two siblings find an old diary describing a series of brutal murders, only to encounter what appears to be the identical crime.
Paco Cabezas
Javier PereiraRuth DiazHector Bidonde
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Paco CabezasLuciano Caceres
Juan Gordon
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Brian A. BergmanReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent ghost story intertwined with a real life genocide
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I am not too much of a fan of ghost stories being a very secular scientist. Thus, one has to let one's scientific self go by the wayside in order to enjoy this story. That is exactly what happened. The great part of this tale was the way the writers and director weaved into the movie the horrific genocide perpetrated against suspected communists around 1980. There are also twists of time and space. Go with it and lose yourself. You will care about the two main characters who have a daunting task ahead of them. The acting was great as was the mystery within the story. It all comes together nicely in the end as an homage to the dead.
Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A horror movie that’s unique and not predictable.
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This one was held together by two very good actors that were very likeable and they pushed this one up the scale for us. There are some holes in it but the twists and turns more than made up for it and the ending was a surprise. I’d say it’s more of a ghost story than horror but that’s splitting hairs. The scenery was also an added plus.
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William AmazziniReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Modern Ghost Story
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The Spanish Cinema has come into its own in the Horror genre with ground breaking directors like Guglielmo Del Toro making their notch on the scene and also superior fare such as 'THE ORPHANAGE' , "SHIVER' and the two 'REC' films but nobody has hit the traditional ghost story like Director Paco Cabeza's 'THE APPEARED'. With tributes to 'THE SHINING' and Aussie road movies, Cabeza gives us a truly terrifying tale of hauntings and spatial time disruptions entering into the every day lives of brother and sister Pablo and Malena acted brilliantly by Ruth Diaz and Javier Pereira. With a haunting music score by Oscar Araujo and chilling photography by Andrew Rebes, this is the best ghost story to arrive on the scene in many a year and I pray that Hollywood doesn't get its hands on it for an unnecessary remake. Highly recommended.
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SparrowReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific Ghost Story with Killer Twist!
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I didn't even mind the subtitles in this taut ghost story/thriller. Talk about atmospheric and intriguing -- this film has it all -- deeply creepy locations, excellent score, superb acting, and a plot that delivers despite a bit more gore than I really prefer. Don't let that scare you off (!) however -- I think the little bit of gore here has meaning and purpose (seriously) in the context of what this film is ultimately about. Elegant manipulation of time and emotions. Highly recommended. (BTW, contrary to the picture, this is not a movie about spirit possession.)

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KBBReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I don't want to spoil this. It was decent enough. The subtitles are a little irritating, but you get use to it. The story was good. It tied it all together, even though I knew where it was going. The end was a little strange, but that happens in a "horror" movie. Overall it was ok. No real gory parts (in my opinion, you may disagree), but it did have some good moments. I would say it was worth watching for the price. If you don't like subtitles, don't get this movie. That's the one bad point with me in general.
Maria Eugenia AdamsReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film that I had never heard of
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Excellent film that I had never heard of; not only scary but the superb acting and interesting plot made it an interesting movie. The fact that it included (- indeed, was based on) real events of a shameful past in Argentinian history made it poignant and emotional. Great views of Tierra del FUego. 5 stars.
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Christopher OvertonReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Supernatural horror with historical fiction twist
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The plot makes use of a darker side of Argentinian history in this horror film. The film also plays on the theme of time travel, and imposing non linear subsequent histories while maintaining an over arching linear time sequence. That is, looping sequences of history while imposing conservative immutability on this, meaning what is doomed to happen will happen again and again once an event has taken place. In the same vein as The Triangle.
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George Ann Gregory, Ph.D.Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Here is another "horror" movie that exposes a real historical horror that many in the U.S. may be unfamiliar with. I appreciated the setting and the unusual plot that informed me about the history of one of our South American neighbors.
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