Atrocious (2010) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2010
  • Genre:  Found Footage, Haunted House
  • Cast and crew: Cristian Valencia, Clara Moraleda, Chus Pereiro, Sergi Martin, Xavi Doz, Jose Masegosa, Rafael Amaya, Sammy Gad, Ferran Casterà Mosquera, Anne Sanz, Carlos Blanco Barberà, Rebecca Gil, Efrem Pinto, Silvia Arnau, Carlos Gaya
  • Director:  Fernando Barreda Luna
  • Screenwriter:  Fernando Barreda Luna


Atrocious (2010)Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 4 / 10;
  • IMDb = 5.1 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.6 / 10;

Atrocious (2010) Synopsis:

Two teenagers decide to document an urban legend involving a strange labyrinth in the backyard of their family vacation house.

Atrocious Review:

Atrocious may best be described as the Spanish version of The Blair Witch Project. The two films are really similar in many ways: the use of suggestions instead of showing the evil, lots of close-ups, the absence of lights, etc. Of course, this is a feature common to all found footage, but more than the others, Atrocious feels like it tried hard to reproduce what worked in The Blair Witch Project. Unfortunately, this version, coming 10 years later, looks cheaper and fails at recreating the atmosphere of the original.

The first 52 minutes of the film is useless. There are super long scenes of characters walking or running in the woods which are really frustrating. Many other scenes are so dark that you do not get to see anything. The first person camera is also really shaky, kinds of getting you sea-sick. Luckily, the final third is better. There is quite a lot of action and it gets quite scary. The finish brings an interesting idea and concludes the film on a much better note.

Globally, I do not a thing that Atrocious is a great film, but an easy entertainment that teen might find fun to watch for some cheap scare. Those who enjoyed films such as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity should check it out, others will find plenty of better-found footage to watch instead (e.g. The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Noroi The Curse, Grave Encounters).


One last thing, try to watch it in its original version if you can because the English dub is very bad.

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