Movie review: (horror) “Shiver” (2000)

December 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm (horror, movies, suspense)

If you’re a fan of Spanish horror movies, you may think of quiet yet scary films like “The Devil’s Backbone” and “The Orphanage.” Those movies are great, but this isn’t one of them.

Which isn’t to say it isn’t great. I loved it. It’s just, um, noisier and bloodier than the quiet vein of Spanish horror.

A teenage boy has a genetic disorder that makes him hyper-sensitive to the sun. Exposure cn cause him illness, blindness, cancer, all kinds of bad stuff. (I believe it’s supposed to be the same ailment that one Dean Koontz character had. In the book with the awesome dog named Orson. Okay I’ll shut up now.)

So anyway, the kid’s mother moves him from a big city to the Spanish equivalent of Forks, WA–a little town set low in a valley, that doesn’t get very much direct sunlight. (Don’t worry, nobody freaking sparkles in this movie.)

No sooner has the poor kid moved there than somebody or something starts gruesomely slaughtering livestock, people, and pretty much anything that crosses its path. Of course, suspicion immediately turns to the nocturnal teen.

What’s going on? Is it a vampire? Is it a werewolf? Nope, it’s something a lot weirder than that. This movie reminded me of a really good X-Files episode. (The kind with monsters, not lame-ass aliens.) I thoroughly enjoyed it. Adding to my list of favorite foreign horror films.

-Not rated
-4 out of 5 stars
-Probably OK for older teens

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