Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing slasher films from the 1990’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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This film was produced by Spain, the United Kingdom and Bulgaria. You can tell, from the first shots, that there is something foreign about it, but unless you knew this, you couldn’t put your finger on the picture's abnormality. There is a dominant green filter on the image. There are no whites. The ambiance is thick, and the characters are cold and distant.
Most of our time is spent inside and around a creepy house that the main protagonist should’ve never gone to alone. The place is absolutely terrifying, extremely claustrophobic, and the creatures that live there are the stuff of nightmares. There is a sense of helplessness and despair that grows and overwhelms us. This is, simply put, one of the creepiest horror films out there.
The cast and shooting locations are very limited, which in no way hinders the experience. On the contrary, it makes the moment more immersive. That being said, The Abandoned is not a perfect movie. Being a mindfuck, some of its narrative shortcuts can be frustrating. There is an abundance of editing and some of it is annoying. Sometimes, less is more.