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.