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Mala Carne

Admirably terse Argentine "Mala Carne" is a horror movie in the matter-of-fact mode of George Romero's classic "Martin," treating outrageous incidents with deadpan pragmatism. Two young men expecting casual sex with two young women they've just picked up get a lot of unpleasant surprises during this macabre pic.

Admirably terse Argentine “Mala Carne” is a horror movie in the matter-of-fact mode of George Romero’s classic “Martin,” treating outrageous incidents with deadpan pragmatism. Two young men expecting casual sex with two young women they’ve just picked up get a lot of unpleasant surprises during this macabre pic, essentially one long set piece sustained with crisp, sometimes harrowing efficiency. Future looks bright for writer-helmer Fabian Forte.

College students Eduardo (Federico Bezenzette) and Pato (Guido Krolovetski) are slogging all night on a paper when Pato insists they go out. Landing in an unfamiliar neighborhood, they note two sisters (Ariel Martinez Herrera, Mara Said) sitting on a doorstep. Boys are led back to the girls’ surprisingly expansive multi-floor apartment, where sex is on the menu. Unfortunately, there’s also a hidden agenda — one we soon glean involves blood-drinking, organ harvesting and a pileup of corpses who not long ago “got lucky” just like our heroes. Drugged and wounded, protags struggle to flee the escape-proofed house. Eye for queasy details, minimal dialogue and a neat chamber score help keep pic on a knife’s edge between gruesome excess and black comedy. Tech package is sharp.

Mala Carne

Argentina

  • Production: A Domauno Produciones production in association with Acropolis. Produced by Federico Bezenzette, Fabian Forte. Directed, written by Fabian Forte.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Forte; editor, Pablo Mazzeo; music, Pedro De Matteis; production designer, Julia Garcia. Reviewed at Fearless Tales Genre Festival, San Francisco, April 1, 2005. Running time: 75 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Federico Bezenzette, Alexia Zampano, Guido Krolovetski, Mara Said, Nathan Solanz, Mariano Engel, Pablo García Amorrortu, Ariel Martínez Herrera.
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