Fantastic Fest

FF2014 – ‘Necrophobia 3D’ “Necrofobia” – movie review

This is the weirdest surprise so far at Fantastic Fest. First of all, the movie is in full, non-converted 3D. In very, very exaggerated and deep 3D. And, at the same time, it’s also an amazing throwback to classic Italian horror as well as the works of David Lynch.

NECROPHOBIA is the strangest visual clash I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, even though I very much respect the Argentinian director’s desire to master the art of stereoscopic filmmaking, the 3D completely detracts from and ruins the visual element of the film. But, that doesn’t change how awesomely surreal and fun the story, effects and twists are in this movie. It’s about a man with a crippling fear of the dead who starts having a major identity crisis after his brother dies. You’ll see elements of Maniac, Lost Highway, and Dario Argento sprinkled throughout the film. If you end up having to see it in 3D, don’t let that discourage you. You’ll get used to the effect — even the disorienting subtitles that are starkly in the foreground as the 3D effect of the movie recedes far behind it — and hopefully, if you’re a fan of the movies that the filmmakers are strongly inspired by, you’ll have a blast with this old-school, $140,000 giallo film.

4/5

NECROPHOBIA 3D is directed by Daniel de la Vega and stars  Hugo Astar, Julieta Cardinali,  and Luis Machín. 

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