Note: This film shares the same DVD release as its successor/counterpart, Genesis, therefore they share the same poster.
Director – Nacho Cerda
Cast – Xevi Collellmir, Jordi Tarrida, Ángel Tarris, Pep Tosar
Release Year – 1994
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This is a flick I heard of through a good friend of mine, and all I knew before going into this watch was that it was really gory, and only 30 minutes long. Because of this, it was only natural that my first thought regarding this flick was “So…this is the Spanish Guinea Pig?” Well, after taking a mere 30 minutes out of my day to give this flick a watch I can say that YES, this is the Spanish Guinea Pig, with a bit of Nekromantic as well. The non-squeamish may read on without caution.
Because of the short runtime, the plot is a simple one. This flick takes place in a morgue where the last two morticians are finishing up preparing the day’s corpses. One mortician leaves for the day, and the other succumbs to the temptation he has been facing for an undetermined length of time. He begins to mutilate and desecrate the corpses in front of him, but as he heads home he discovers the fresh body of a women killed in a wreck earlier that day. His new hobby worsens as he not only begins to mutilate the female corpse as well, but takes his sick fantasy to new extremes.
I really meant it when I referred to this flick as the Spanish Guinea Pig because much like the infamous Japanese faux-snuff film, this is all gore, shock, and little of the not-so-important stuff. The development leading to the shock we get in this flick was positive, and I am glad that writer/director Nacho Cerda took his time getting to the goods, which of course took only about 10 minutes giving this is a flick with a runtime of a mere 30 minutes. The rest of the film is not as shocking as I expected it to be, but was nonetheless too harsh and brash for those who do not know how to handle these flicks AKA you are as messed up in the head as I am.
Direction-wise Nacho Cerda did a fantastic job with all of the applicable elements for such a film. His cinematography was beautiful and top notch, his camera angles and editing were superbly done, and of course…the gore and shock were expertly executed. With such an awesome outing I am sure that most horror hounds who saw this back in 1994 were thinking this guy was the next big horror director, although it seems he may have lost a bit of steam with the mediocre film The Abandoned, his first full length feature film which I saw in theaters during the first Horrorfest series. While it was not an awesome watch(The Abandoned), I still received a few good chills thanks to Cerda’s direction.
So how is the story overall? Well…personally I dug it a lot. I loved the idea of a mortician being tempted to do nasty things to the corpses he has before him, and watching him seep deeper and deeper into his desires was a treat to watch. Our main character has no name, and does not mutter a single word throughout the entire watch. This is a true staple of just how damn interesting a film must be if I enjoyed it without being given any dialogue whatsoever(from a non-silent film).
You may be wondering just how “shocking” this flick is…and I must say that if you have no problems watching corpses be brutally desecrated, which includes penetration with sharp objects as well as documenting necrophilia with a personal camera…then this shouldn’t be all too shocking to you. In fact, you should enjoy this one as much as I did.
Overall, if you are looking for a film with guts(literally, and figuratively) then this short film is for you. The direction/execution is top notch, the story is interesting, and the shock element reigns high in this Spanish horror film. Pressed for time and need to get your horror “fix”? Give Aftermath a shot.