Water. It can mean hope and life, but in the depths of darkness, inspires the most chilling thoughts in those who dare to explore them. This year, the 12th iteration of Mórbido Film Fest welcomes a batch of visual, auditory and narrative experiences which’ll take us from exhilaration, to mystery, science fiction and to the most abject horror. This unfathomable ocean awaits for you to dive in. This is our official selection of foreign feature films.
A Good Woman is Hard to Find
Dir: Abner Pastoll.
Cast: Sarah Bolber, Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson, Jane Brennan, Caolan Byrne, Packy Lee, Rudy Doherthy, Macie McCauley, Susan Ateh.
UK, Ireland | 2019 | 97 m | color
Sarah lives on the hard streets of Ireland along with Lucy and Ben, her children. Their neighborhood is overrun by drug trafficking and violence. On a terrible day, a drug dealer invades Sarah’s apartment and makes her play a power game that will reveal the darkest traits of her personality.
Aliens, Clowns & Geeks
Dir: Richard Elfman.
Cast: Bodhi Elfman, Rebecca Forsythe, Angeline-Rose Troy, French Stuart, Steve Agee, Nic Novicki, Verne Troyer, Marco Parra, George Wendt.
US | 2019 | 87 m | color
An unemployed actor finds, by accident, the key to the universe. He ends up in the middle of an intergalactic war between clowns and aliens. A crazy and explosive farce, filled with delirium, excesses and tantric sex.
A Living Dog
Dir: Daniel Raboldt.
Cast: Stefan Ebel, Siri Nase, Michelle Wiesemes, Nikolai Will.
Germany | 2019 | 94 min | color
War between humanity and an Artificial Intelligence has begun. The deserter Tomasz meets Lilja, part of the resistance. With each passing minute, machines equipped with human voice detectors are gaining ground. If you talk, if you whisper, you will die.
Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made
Dir: David Amito.
Cast: Nicole Tomkins, Rowan Smythe, Dan Istrate, Shu Sakimoto.
US, Canada, Hungary | 2018 | 95 m | color
Two brothers, one pagan ritual. They try to ease the pain of the loss of their beloved pet. Nevertheless, this symbolic act will unleash literal Hell on our reality.
Dir: Seth Ickerman.
Cast: Elisa Lasowski, Anders Heinrichsen, Christian Erickson, Joëlle Berckmans, Natasha Cashman, Noémie Stevens, Alexandra Flandrin.
France, US | 2019 | 50 m | color
Two space bounty hunters chase a machine eager to free itself from human dominion. After they successfully capture it, they witness a mystical ocurrence, as the ghost of a woman emerges from the machine, as if it was its soul. A colorful and spectacular space opera with the mission of readjust our perception of what a science fiction film can be.
Bullets of Justice
Dir: Valeri Milev.
Cast: Danny Trejo, Yana Marinova, Dessy Slavova, Timur Turisbekov, Doroteya Toleva, Ester Chardaklieva.
República de Kazajistán | 2019 | 76 m | color
During WW3, a new breed of soldiers is created by the American army, by combining the DNA of humans and pigs. Twenty five years later, the man-pig hybrids rule the planet. Get ready to fall in love all over again with the post apocalyptic subgenre through excess and madness. This is a movie that won’t stop surprising you, subverting symbols, reimagining clichés and fucking around esplendidly.
Color Out of Space
Dir: Richard Stanley.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Q’orianka Kilcher, Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Madeleine Arthur, Jullian Hilliard, Brendan Meyer, Elliot Knight.
US | 2019 | 111 m | color
After a meteorite falls to Earth and crashes on the rural Gardner family property, each of the Gardners will have to face a mutant alien organism that infects and invades the minds and bodies of its victims, transforming their quiet lives into a colorful nightmare.
Come to Daddy
Dir: Ant Timpson.
Cast: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley, Simon Chin, Ona Grauer, Ryan Bell.
US, New Zealand | 2019 | 93 m | color
A thirty-something man with an identity crisis travels to a remote cabin to reconnect to his father, after being estranged for several years. A black comedy on fatherhood, masculinity and the unspoken fragility every man hides.
Dir: Gigi Saul Guerrero.
Cast: Martha Higareda, Richard Cabral, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton, Oscar Molina, Laura Ceron, Oscar Camacho, Sal López, Ian Iñigo.
US | 2019 | 91 m | color
In search of the American dream, a mexican woman crosses illegally to the United States. Little does she know, she is about to find an American nightmare. To find horror, we don’t really need to step too far out of our reality.
Dir: Gary Sherman.
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, Christopher Lee, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, Hugh Armstrong, June Turner, Clive Swift,
UK | 1972 | 87 m | color
A government agent vanishes down in the London tunnels, the latest on a series of disappearances, which triggers a serious Scotland Yard investigation. What no one expects is the presence of a ravenous cannibal on the London underground.
Dir: Thorsten Fleisch.
Cast: Christian Serritello, Eva Ferox, Maria Hengge, Helena Princ, Arthur Patching, Thorsten Fleisch, Marilena Netzker, Shaun Lawton, Denis Lyons.
Germany | 2019 | 84 m | color
A young couple explores a Berlin club’s basement, only to get caught in a trap set by Professor Yagov, a mad scientist who wants to open a portal to chaos and mutation. A psychedelic experience that’ll transform your perception and alter your senses.
Dir: Peter Strickland.
Cast: Gwendoline Christie, Sidse babett Knudsen, Caroline Catz, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Leo Bill, Julian Barrat, Hayley Squieres, Richard Bremmer.
UK | 2018 | 118 m | color
A lonely, recently divorced woman enters a department store in search for a life-changing dress. A mysterious employee convinces her to buy a fetching red dress, but unbeknownst to her, the dress carry an evil curse that threatens everything on her way.
Dir: Lijo Jose Pellissery.
Cast: Anthony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, Santhy Balachandran.
India | 2019 | 91 min | color
On a remote village in India, a big buffalo escapes the local butcher and its capture becomes a question of pride amongst the men in the village. The hunt will awaken their most savage instincts. An exceptional cinematic experience that oozes chaos and reveals the most primitive aspects of our species soul.
Jesús Shows You the Way to the Highway
Dir: Miguel Llansó.
Cast: Daniel Tadesse Gagano, Agustín Mateo, Guillermo Llansó, Gerda-Anette Allikas, Lauri Lagle, Iveta Pole, Solomon Tashe, Carlo Pironti.
Estonia, Spain | 2019 | 82 m | color
CIA Agents Palmer and Gagano have one mission: to destroy a cybernetic virus called Soviet Union, but after they enter a virtual world, they’ll realize their mission is a deadly trap. Mix the following ingredients: an 8-bit version of The Matrix, a couple of drops of LSD, karate fighters and unauthorized cameos by Stalin, Richard Pryor and Robert Redford and you’ll get a hilarious, stylistic dish that will restore your faith in low-budget cinema.
Thanks to Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
Dir: Jessica Hausner.
Cast: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, Phénix Brossard, Leanne Best, Andrew Rajan, David Wilmot, Goran Kostic.
Austria, UK, Germany | 2019 | 105 m | color
Alice, an employee on a bioengineering facility that grows genetically enhanced plants, creates a flower that guarantees its owner happiness… except for Joe, Alice’s son, who is neglected by his mother.
Nail in the Coffin: The Fall And Rise of Vampiro
Dir: Michael Paszt.
Cast: Ian Hodgkinson, Dasha Hodgkinson.
Canada | 2019 | 90 m | color | documentary
A documentary that offers a profound and sincere look to the past of “Vampiro”, a professional luchador and his new life, in which navigates the administration of the mexican Lucha Libre Federation, while raising his teenage daughter in Canada.
Dir: Alice Waddington.
Cast: Eiza González, Awkwafina, Milla Jovovich, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Danielle Macdonald, Hunter Tremayne, Arnaud Valois, Daniel Horvath.
Spain | 2019 | 95 m | color
The mysterious place known as Paradise Hills it’s located on a strange island and wealthy, powerful families send their daughters to be molded into perfect women. One of them, Uma, wants to keep her own personality and on this quest, will discover a dark secret about Paradise Hills.
Thanks to Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
Quien a hierro mata
Dir: Paco Plaza.
Cast: Luis Tosar, Xoán Cejudo, Enric Auquer, Ismael Martínez, María Vázquez, Dani Currás, Pablo Guisa Koestinger, María Luisa Mayol.
Spain | 2019 | 107 m | color
Mario lives on a galician coast town and works on a nursing home for the elderly. Everybody loves Mario at his job, until Antionio Padín, a notorious drug dealer, arrives at the facility.
Dir: Jovanka Vuckovic.
Cast: Madison Iseman, Jenny Raven, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Jake Sim, Munro Chambers, Atticus Mitchell, Carson MacCormac, Evan Marsh.
Canada | 2019 | 81 m | color
In a world where adult population has been decimated by a terrible plague, Nat wants to rescue her brother, who remains captured by an enemy gang. With a comicbooky aesthetic and lots of queer vibes, this post apocalyptic fantasy has got more attitude and energy that a lot of other
Dir: Julio César Sánchez, Paco Limón.
Cast: Javier Aguirre, Simón Andreu, Paco Cabezas, Carmen Carrión, Álex de la Iglesia, Álvaro de Luna, Carlo De Marchis, Lone Fleming, Jorge Grau.
Spain | 2018 | 84 m | color | documental
The golden age of exploitation cinema is explored by this documentary, from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Low budget, enormously popular genre, it exploited every cinematographic trend, from westerns to horror, to kinky, to erotic comedies.
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
Dir: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen.
Cast: Mark Patton, Cecili Baldwin, Marshall Bell, David Chaskin, Robert Englund, Joshua Grannell, Clu Gulager, Heather Langenkamp.
US | 2019 | 99 m | color | documentary
Emotional documentary that explores the homoerotic subtext of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, its particular place on the franchise and on the canon of gay cinema. Controversial and criticized, despite being a box office hit, the movie is being rediscovered by new fans and by Mark Patton, who starred in it and never got the fame and fortune every Hollywood star expects.
Dir: Adrián García Bogliano.
Cast: Christina Lindberg, Felice Jankell, Erica Midfäll, Hanna Asp, Johan Palm, Hans Sadqvist, Inger Nilsson, Iwa Boman, Isabella Li Balck.
Sweden | 2018 | 101 m | color
Two sisters watch their lives changing drastically after a hypnotic experience with a 70’s turntable that has magnetic and mystical properties. Welcome to a hypnotic experience that’ll deeply question your psycho emotional core. Surrender to the exploration of psycho-technologic alternatives, on a lo-fi vinyl record that doesn’t require Wi-fi.
Dir: Ping Lumpraploeng.
Cast: Theeradej Wongpuapan, Ratnamon Ratchiratham.
Thailand | 2018 | 91 m | color
The premise is simple: an abandoned pool, a young couple, a voracious crocodile. This is one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of the year. Don’t expect a reptile under Hollywood