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Red Screening

Al Morir la Matinée
2020 / 88m - Uruguay
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A slasher from Uruguay, now there's something you don't see every day. That's about as exotic as it gets though, as the film itself is really just another slasher flick, set in a shoddy movie theater. A hooded killer, some canon fodder and a bad horror flick playing in the background. It may not sound like much, but the execution was on point.

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When it rains outside, movie theaters are perfect getaways for people who want to get off the streets. Ana is tending to the theater as her father needs rest, what she doesn't know is that a killer has entered the premises and is hunting for people's eyeballs. Once he's inside, the body count goes up pretty fast.

The first half hour is a little stiff. The characters aren't that interesting and the extended introduction of the setting is rather pointless, since we've seen this thing so many times before. The killer is pretty cool though and the murders are pleasantly violent. Contenti knows what makes these films tick, so it shouldn't be a surprise that the finale is a blast. No masterpiece, but good stuff nonetheless.