Macabre…ish Horror Review: A Classic Horror Story
A Classic Horror Story, 2021/ 1 hr 35 min.
This movie opens with a gagged, injured woman strapped to a dining table and man walks in with giant mallet…
Flash to a road trip in progress, a group of strangers carpooling in an RV across Southern Italy, a different destination for each. But they have an accident on the way but something is odd, they are nowhere near the road or the tree they hit but they are near a weird house and in the middle of the woods.
As expected, the RV won’t start and there is no signal. Two of them take off to find the road and on the way they find a bunch of antlers and animal heads on pikes, in the center are human effigies. At the same time, the door to the house opens and one of them goes in. This is not a normal house.
Here is the story of a ritual sacrifice, made to save the village. It coincides with local lore and they are really unnerved once they realized there were 5 heads on pikes and 5 of them. And unfortunately they have to spend the night here and there is something fishy going on because now the house has a light on and someone is screaming.
In the attic, is a living offering, just as depicted in the wall painting and the lore. And masked people are coming out the woods, into the house. These travelers are in real trouble and their first escape attempt leads to a vehicle graveyard full of other travelers belongings and after walking hours, they end up where they started. This place is not what it appears to be.
This is an Italian movie and it seems like it’s going to be pretty mild but nope, it is very graphic and gory. Expect torture. It’s like a cross between See No Evil and Midsommar but Italian. Crazy and infuriating ending. Well done!