The Nameless (1999)

January 28, 2016 - 10:39pm | DMHead777
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Jaume Balagueró
Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristán Ulloa, Toni Sevilla, Brendan Price, Jordi Dauder

Based off the novel of the same name, "The Nameless" offers the viewer a mysterious experience of confusion and self-doubt in this late 90's Horror/Thriller. A mutilated girl is found by police in a water hole and is believed to be the missing daughter of Claudia. A few years later, Claudia receives phone calls from an unknown girl claiming to be her child.

When a child is involved in a horror film, you already know it will be somewhat uncomfortable. That's what made Exorcist so powerful as a film. It showed a little girl getting possessed by a demon and the parents not being able to do anything about it. There were a bunch of horror films in the 90's that showed kids getting involved with a delicate matter, but I think "The Nameless" does it a bit better than the rest. Even if the story isn't the most original compared to many movies now, it is still uncomfortable for a 90's flick. There are many elements to this film that make it uneasy; body horror, hints of pedophilia, and practical effects.

I think the reason why this movie is so good is because nothing is spelled out for anyone. Even at the ending of the film, you may be scratching your head figuring out what you may have missed. I personally dig films like that because I don't like being told what to think all the time. It does its job as a horror film and packs many punches into each scene that give you an overall feeling of dread. It will really hit home if you are a parent and can feel what Claudia may be going through. The practical effects take this film over the edge. You don't want to see a realistic horror film with CGI in it. It's distracting and with this coming out in the late 90's, it's refreshing to see that the film makers didn't jump ship to CGI yet. A lot of things about this film are realistic and the makeup and fantastic acting help a lot.

There aren't too many things about this film I didn't like. The atmosphere and characters were really well done and liked. It had its super creepy moments that made me feel uncomfortable. If a movie can keep a horror veteran guessing until the ending, then it has done its job. The ending could have been better I think, but it doesn't bother me that much when looking back on it.

If you are in the mood for a horror/thriller with great acting, effects and a decent story, then check out "The Nameless". Keep in mind, it is a foreign film, but you will be rewarded with one of the better thrillers to come out during that time.

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