10/9/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – Aterrados (aka Terrified).

Yesterday we went for a French classic that subtly unnerved you with mood and methodical pacing. Today, I’m pulling the rug out from under you and going with a full-fledged bonkers scare factory. Aterrados (or Terrified, as it was released in the states) is one of the most nonstop, fear-filled films I’ve seen in a while. It is so full of incredible scares that you yearn for the quiet moments just to catch your breath. The problem is, there aren’t many quiet moments. There’s ALWAYS something ready to scare you further. Even though the film has a brisk sub-90 minute runtime, it can feel like a marathon by the time it’s over because of how many times you lost and caught your breath. Terrified is a simple story on the surface, but tells it in a very non-simple way. Basically, a few houses in a neighborhood are apparently haunted. Each one has a slightly different issue going on, but equally scary. A few older paranormal investigator types come to check it out, and try to figure out what’s going on. Seems simple enough. But not so fast… See, the stories play out in kind of a nonlinear fashion. Think of little aspects of Pulp Fiction how sometimes you see the reaction to something first, and later find out the origin of it to a much more disturbing effect. Now, because of this, it does kind of have an episodic feel, which some claim to be a detriment, but I actually quite liked. Even though this is a tried-and-true supernatural territory, so much of this movie felt fresh to me. Some of the scares are so masterfully crafted that I wanted to slow clap after a few of them. There is a unique “you can see it from one angle, but you can’t from another” gimmick that I won’t ruin, but is played to an incredible effect. The scare at the fence made my blood run cold (you’ll know it when you see it.) Oh man, sometimes you just need to watch a movie that fully tests how scared you can actually feel. This is one of those movies. Unless you are the hardest of souls, I guarantee everyone will get scared in this film at least once… but realistically, you’ll get scared a HELL of a lot more than that.

*This movie is streaming on Shudder.

4 thoughts on “10/9/19 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #9 – Aterrados (aka Terrified).

  1. OK, so this one I didn’t fully buy into, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I agree that this one had some pretty good scares, some unexpected. You really had this sense of dread throughout the movie and, I agree, the “see it from one angle and not from another,” that was cool. I actually liked the way it felt episodic and told 3 different stories. But it really fell apart in the end for me and none of it was cohesive. It really started out great, but in the end, I was waiting for it all to come together and it really didn’t. I was left with so many questions and nothing was really wrapped up. Movies don’t necessarily have to always “make sense” for me, but I wish the plot was a little more cohesive. I don’t want to ruin anything by saying too much, but I will say the last scene was really good! Glad I watched it, I did like it, I just want answers! lol

    1. Totally understand that. In fact, this is probably the biggest complaint about this movie. A lot of people felt “gipped” at the end waiting for more answers than they got. Personally, I saw the complaint, but it didn’t bother me as much because I loved so much of preceded it. But again, totally get it. Glad you watched!!!

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