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Terrified

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6.41 h 27 min201818+
A suburban neighborhood is plunged into an unforgettable nighmare.
Directors
Demian Rugna
Starring
Maxi GhioneNorberto Amadeo GonzaloElvira Onetto
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SuspenseInternationalHorror
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English
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Supporting actors
George LewisAgustín Rittano
Producers
Raimundo BassanoFernando DíazAndrea Kluger
Studio
RLJE Films
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Smokingnudityfoul languageviolence
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3.8 out of 5 stars

1578 global ratings

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John's Horror CornerReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
EXCELLENT truly scary film! A pseudo-anthology approach for fans of paranormal investigation horror.
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This is one of few films that impress me in all aspects of filmmaking in this genre. Excellent pacing, creepiness, scares, dread, acting, writing, shots… I loved it. Definitely a must see for fans of foreign horror, horror anthologies (about half this film is anthology-like) and paranormal investigation-themed horror.

Sometimes very early in a film you get a sense of excellent execution, and that’s what I sense here. The opening scenes depict a woman who hears faint muffled “voices” in her kitchen sink drain. This may sound silly, but it’s not. It’s handled well, the actress (Natalia Señorales; Cursed Bastards, The Colony) nailed her reactions and lines credibly, her husband reacted appropriately, and I felt nervous for her—and I’m as cynical as they come when it comes to horror! Wasting no time, the husband has an analogous experience I’m left expecting something of an Argentine Poltergeist homage. However, the brutal “shower scene” that follows informs the audience that we’re in for something considerably for vicious.

As the husband is interrogated (by paranormalists and police together) regarding his wife’s bloody murder in the shower, he is challenged to recollect anything out of the ordinary in his neighborhood recently. What follows starts out something like a horror anthology as we explore his neighbor’s experiences…

They believed that their neighbor Walter (Demián Salomón; Cursed Bastards) had been doing some home renovations. The truth is, he’s been under a lot of stress lately and the sounds his neighbors heard were related to his diminishing sanity. His bed has been moving itself (with him in it), furniture stacks itself, and he gets a digital camera to record whatever it is as proof (all a la Poltergeist). Walter’s encounters are genuinely creepy!

Another segment focuses on the “return” of a dead child to his mother… but he returns (on his own?) as a motionless corpse days after his funeral, baffling police investigators—one of whom (Norberto Gonzalo) recruits a paranormal investigator (Elvira Onetto; Jennifer’s Shadow) who is on site of the previous story segment (the neighbor, Walter).

Once all three stories have converged, the police team up with the paranormalists to canvas the houses for evidence and spend the night. Things escalate, of course.

The writing is sound as the different story segments overlap, transition, and even comingle. Sweeping neighborhood crane shots express the filmmakers’ love of the product. I’m really impressed with the performances across the board. Characters seem to react at least somewhat rationally to irrational circumstances, both victims and police alike. All of our victims are sincerely believable, the creatures’ movements and presentation are spine-tinglingly creepy, and the pacing and staging of scares readily cultivates dread with ease. The little boy’s corpse motionless at the dining room table was a freaky scene and the boy’s prior death scene was simply startling. EVERY scene with the motionless boy’s uninterred corpse had me pressing my back into my seat. It’s unnerving.

There are some excellent “subtle” jumpscares in this, along with some blatant OMG jumpscares. One such scene is a contorted inhuman body under a bed, others of sunken pale humanoid figures scampering about, eerie shadows and out-of-focus reflections, claws grabbing at things (or at heads!).

What makes this film work so well is how it is credible and engaging throughout its entire duration. The pacing is its perfection. Contrary to what we’ve come to expect from the genre, this film has no slow parts and the exposition is rather uniformly sprinkled across the scenes rather than exposition-dumps from ancillary “expert” characters or ranting harbingers. Writer/director Demián Rugna (Cursed Bastards) is officially on my radar now! Additionally, you can just feel the work that went into all elements of this film. It’s… excellent.
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KtReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The supernatural explanation was lacking
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Overall, this was just "ok."

The good:
- Unique creepy situations that I had not seen much before. I thought the "boy" was the best/creepiest part of this movie. The woman walking towards the car who put the hand print on it was also very creepy for me. Though not quite as unique.
- Some plot points with unique situations: such as the investigation and the man in jail. I liked the anthology part of this too which connected various stories.
- If you're looking for scary scenes accompanied with jump scares, they do a pretty good job here. They had a very good use of audio which really amplified the scares.
- Decent acting.

The bad:
- The plot and supernatural explanation was lacking. I simply did not understand why it was happening. The "experts" seemed to know what was going on, but they didn't really explain things in any way that made sense. In fact I never felt I understood what their motivation really was either. They repeated vague reasons that didn't really make sense.
- The characters were not that interesting. As a result, I didn't care what happened to them and wasn't really invested in the story.
- The jump scares were a little bit annoying. I prefer creepy scary situations that rely on creepy atmosphere rather than jump scares. Now this movie DID have some of those creepy situations, so it really did NOT need the jump scares IMO.

Overall, I'd say this was an alright horror flick. But due to the lack of memorable characters, it just didn't touch me at all. So I would have rather never seen it. I didn't mind the subtitles. I actually like most foreign films.

I'd say this would be a good movie to see with a couple of friends who laid back and aren't the type to be super critical of plot holes. It has some decent scares and you'd probably have fun with your friends getting freaked out.
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KarenReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great visual effects, real scares. In Spanish.
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I watched this alone in the dark, which is the way to go because unlike most horror films this one actually has some scares which will even creep out prolific watchers of horror (this is rare, I'm mostly immune to scares by now). What really made "Terrified" a standout film was the visual scares. Many times a horror movie is creepy toward the beginning when there's noise in the attic, items are moved, etc., but then once a monster or ghost or paranormal manifestation of any kind is actually shown on the screen, it's really cheesy looking and ruins the mood. The visual scares in this film are really scary. Many are not even jump scares: The filmmakers have managed to create enough freaky imagery that a paranormal entity can remain on-screen for a long period of time, or keep re-emerging, and it will still feel highly unsettling. I hope that whoever is responsible for generating the visual scares for this film, works on a lot more horror movies because I want to see them.
While I am generally a fan of psychological horror and this film has a more straightforward story and faster pace than my favorites, it was definitely at least a 4 star piece of work and I gave it 5 to counter all the unjustified 1-star reviews complaining that it's in Spanish not English. If you don't mind subtitles (and the dialogue in "Terrified" is really relatively sparse), give this a shot. It was a definite treat for me to randomly pick out a streaming horror movie and stumble across something absorbing, original, and scary.
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SlekkerReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
SO good! SOOO scary!!!!
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Loved this movie! Absolutely brilliant twists and jump-scares. The explanation for WHY the scary stuff was happening was a little muddled, but it was fully engrossing, nonetheless. Basic plot summary is that strange things are happening in one house, then two, then three. Is it a cluster of hauntings? Are there monsters? Zombies? Vampires? Is there something in the water? Literally - I don’t even know the answer. But the plot managed to keep me on the edge of my seat, so much that I didn’t even notice that there IS no clear answer. It’s pretty much left to you to piece the suggestions of possibilities together and chew it over for a while after the movie ends. Any supernatural horror fan will love this one, and there is just enough gore to entertain slasher fans. It really covers all the bases and will be a fun puzzle to solve. It’ll definitely be worth it.
19 people found this helpful
CiNEMADDiCT | Strung Out On CelluloidReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Spanish and Japanese are the undisputed masters at crafting supernatural horror
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Terrified is just one notch in a large belt that is the resume of superbly crafted horror brought to audiences by Spanish directors who are, alongside their Japanese contemporaries, the peerless Craftsmen of true supernatural horror. Hollywood could do with a few lessons from the cinematic cultures of these countries when it comes to creating a ghost story that's actually spooky and unsettling enough to disturb even the most stoic and statuesque of hardcore horror buffs.

Terrified is just dripping with atmosphere; an immersive atmosphere wrought with a pulsating existentialist-dread--the kind of dread where nightmares reign and sanity takes a backseat to a relentless and most-haunting metaphysical evil. Turn out every single light, and turn that volume control up to a SpinalTap-11, you've got some flinching/screaming to do😱😱

If you're familiar with foreign supernatural horror, you'll definitely enjoy the stroke of excellence that Terrified brings. It's superb to its American contemporaries (but then again, just about everything is superb to Hollywood's supernatural horror subgenre and its pathetic offerings) because it brings a genuine sense of irksome fright to the senses instead of employing the massively-abused novice cliche that is the jumpscare. There's no cheap thrill borne of discordant, eardrum-shattering sound effects here or frenetic shutterspeed manipulation; our ears are treated to soul-haunting string arrangements and heartbeats while the eyes are graced with methodical tracking shots and glimpses of pale, putrid, and rotting revenants--all shot with a cerebral intention (aka imagination) so as to force the viewer's mind into completing the other half of what can't be seen on screen. That, IMO, is one of the greatest tools a director can utilize in order to create a truly scary ghost story, because when you force the audience to partially use their imagination, you force the audience to put into their heads the images of what they themselves find to be most sincerely frightening. People are most easily terrified when you guide them into terrifying themselves, not when you foist upon them the image of something that you(the director) find to be scary because one man's scare/thrill is another man's laugh/boredom.

There's also the fact that it's got a gripping narrative filled with unique situations undiscovered in Hollywood horror. Spanish and Japanese moviemakers/scriptwriters never fail to create a ghost story that not only scares, but a ghost story that also enthralls and enraptures the viewer with an iron grip that can't be broken until the final scenes. There's no contrived doll-possession or amityville-poltergeist here, just unbridled phantasm and your darkest imaginings. It's like seeing your favorite Poe story in cinematic format.

Shudder is the best channel I've subbed too in a long time and it never fails to introduce gems like Terrified to unwary genre-wanderers looking for the next good story to watch. And speaking of Shudder, if you end up subscribing be sure to watch One Cut of the Dead--not because it's scary(it's not IMO) but because it's an engineered tracking-shot masterpiece where the whole feature is filmed in one single take with a single camera with no scene cuts/edits/transitions(not even disguised ones). It's an inspiration to the aspirational seeking filmEngineering-centric careers and it's a fun film to boot.

Terrified, however, isn't much fun--it's just a nihilistic exercise in dreadful mayhem and murder. It's exquisite and almost certain to stick with you for a bit afterwards.

Remember: no lights on at all, and volume on the surround sound cranked to max. Enjoy, and try not to wince 😊👍
8 people found this helpful
Amazonshpr6Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Please make it obvious when its not in English
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I am so frustrated. I paid $5.00 plus tax for this movie with a title in English and its in another language. No subtitles either. A waste of money. I HATE when Amazon is not up front about movies being in another language. Not a word was spoken in the trailer either so no way to know until after you pay for it of course.
11 people found this helpful
KatyRoseReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
This. Movie. Is. Weird.
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I don't consider myself any kind of film critic, but I love to watch horror movies. This had mixed good reviews and was on a few lists of best scary movies so I gave it a try. THIS IS WEIRD. There is absolutely no way to know what is going to happen. Maybe because I have severe clinical ADHD and reading subtitles and trying to follow the plot was too much, but I could not understand this movie. When it ended my jaw was on the floor and I looked at my cat and said "Did you get that?" Yeah no he didn't either. If you like unpredictable, confusing, jump scares, go for it! If not, maybe skip.
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red77rayReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly surprised!
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I was looking for something different and I sure found it. Had a definite creepiness about this. Don't get me wrong it wouldn't win an Oscar, but it was definitely watchable and enjoyable. I usually only watch a movie once, but I will definitely watch this one again.
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