Grisly torture, supernatural shocker – horror double bill at PhilaMOCA

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Siboney Lo gets down and dirty, from "Hidden in the Woods."

Calling all horror freaks: Two hardcore Spanish-language shockers – Hidden in the Woods, from Chilean scaremeister Patricio Valladares, and Memory of the Dead, from Argentine Valentin Javier Diment -- both fresh from the festival circuits will get their area premieres Thursday, July 18, at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art. The double-bill comes courtesy of the Philly-based Artsploitation Films, PhilaMOCA and Danger After Dark.

Hidden in the Woods, with an English-language remake in the works (by Valladares himself, with Evie Thompson, Electra Avellan and Michael Biehn starring), is about two sisters and their deformed brother, tortured and held captive by their crazed drug-dealing dad, who make an escape into the Chilean forests. Gruesome, grisly stuff ensues. Siboney Lo and Carolina Escobar play the sisters in the 2012 original.

In Memory of the Dead,  a young widow (Lisa Henni) invites a few of her late husband’s closest friends over to her big, gothic manse, telling them that she plans, with their help, to summon her spouse back to life. But she’s got other plans – like the ritual sacrifices of her unsuspecting houseguests. Gory, funny, a salute to vintage Argento and Raimi…. an orgy of occult terror!

Hidden in the Woods shows at 7:30pm, Memory of the Dead at 9:30pm. Admission is $8 for each separate film, or $12 for both. Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, 531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia. For more info, visit PhilaMOCA here

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