West Coast Premiere
TERRIFIED is the scariest film of 2018. That’s ALL you need to know before you join Beyond Fest in experiencing something that has been lacking in the contemporary horror genre for a while: genuine scares that stick with you long after the credits roll.
In an unnamed Buenos Aires neighbourhood, Clara is preparing dinner when she starts hearing whispers coming out of the kitchen sink. When her husband gets home, she informs him that the voices are telling her that they are going to kill her. Juan is initially sceptical, but a loud banging noise in the middle of the night wakes him up to a new dimension of horror and forces him to discover that the terror that surrounds his family may have, in fact, engulfed the entire neighborhood.
Demián Rugna’s smart puzzlebox of a horror film unravels with tense deliberacy, feeding the audience each clue needed to solve the mystery in suspenseful measures: to say the scares in this film are out there is to undersell it. TERRIFIED is a masterclass of nightmare set-pieces that should be incorporated into film school curricula.
Don’t wait for the inevitable remake to experience what is holding this besieged neighborhood hostage. Join Beyond Fest for a skin-crawling, uniquely unnerving treatise on terror.
Director: Demián Rugna
Egyptian Theatre: Shudder Screen