1h 28min | Horror | 03 Sep 2020 (Uruguay) | Movie
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Director: Maximiliano Contenti
Writers: Maximiliano Contenti, Manuel Facal
Stars: Luciana Grasso, Ricardo Islas, Julieta Spinelli
IMDb summary: It’s a soaking wet day with rain pouring down and one of the best things to do is to go seek refuge in a great old cinema. There’s only a problem: A scary murderer is on the loose and he also has taken refuge there.
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THE LAST MATINEE REVIEW
Julie reviewed this for Keithlovesmovies
It never ceases to amaze me how some random, indy title that goes by three different names can be more entertaining than a blockbuster that cost 50 times more money to make. But that’s the beauty of cinema; you never know what you’re gonna get. And sometimes, the more obscure, the better. This week we’re reviewing films from the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF). This title is also known as ‘The Red Screening’, and its Spanish name ‘Al morir la matinée’ and it’s a hidden gem!
As an audience, The Last Matinee is aimed at the most seasoned horror fans. It features graphic violence in a lot of the scenes, and it’s gory as hell. If you’re squeamish in any way, I do not recommend this film. For those of you made of harder stuff, you’re going to enjoy this (if only for the gore and horror aspects). The rest of the film has a very ‘b-grade’ feel to it with acting that’s sub-par, cheesy dialogue and some scenes without any subtitles. So unless you’re fluent in Spanish, you’re going to miss a few things. Thankfully, these scenes were minor, and the best stuff is all subtitled correctly.
The whole movie plays out in one place; a run-down, creepy movie theatre. The movie theatre itself is a great backdrop for the film. Not everyone is afraid of dark, empty spaces, but there’s certainly something eerie about a run-down theatre that’s almost empty save for a few patrons. Maybe it’s the isolation – huge rows of empty seats separate everyone. Maybe it’s just the dim lighting provided by the projectionist’s camera that makes you feel uneasy. Whatever it is, the director has done a great job of using this space as a key element in telling this horror story.
We are introduced to several characters at the beginning of the film, including the murderer, who you never get to see. It’s not anything new but hiding the identity of the killer worked well for this film. One of the more entertaining aspects of The Last Matinee is the movie playing in the theatre. The film that plays as a backdrop is important because some of the scenes that play out in our movie are loosely mirrored in the movie playing in the cinema. It’s a little eerie to watch these things slowly connecting to the characters onscreen but also unique and adds something fresh to what could otherwise have been a pretty paint-by-numbers horror flick.
Some of the cheesiest horror films are actually the most entertaining. It’s certainly a case of “cheesy” being better than “boring”. And while The Last Matinee won’t be winning any major awards any time soon, it has a certain type of charm that leaves you feeling like you watched something worthy of your time. There are a dozen films I could lay comparison to, which would give you more of an idea of what the film is like, such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, which makes great use of hiding who the antagonist is until the end.
Watch this if you dare; don’t say I didn’t warn you, and make sure you check who’s sitting behind you the next time you’re in a movie theatre.
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