Saturday, December 27, 2014

Grisly torture, supernatural shocker - horror double bill at PhilaMOCA

A pair of Spanish-language horror pics - "Hidden in the Woods" and "Memory of the Dead" - get their Philly premiere showings courtesy of Artsploitation Films and the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Thursday, July 18.

Grisly torture, supernatural shocker – horror double bill at PhilaMOCA

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

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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