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Atrocious is a gruesome, mind-bending thriller shot in a style reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. The horror film excerpts found footage from a film reel recovered by Spanish police, documenting a family of five discovering the truth behind a dangerous urban legend. The 37 hours of found footage follow Cristian and July Quintanilla passing time at their summer home by investigating a terrifying and mysterious urban legend. As their investigation intensifies, strange occurrences in and around the house escalate rapidly, culminating finally in unspeakable atrocities. -- (C) Bloody… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmaker is betting the bank on the unstable Blair Witch textures, and damn if subjective footage of implacable darkness, with screams coming from the woods you can barely see, doesn't still make your motor neurons jump, spark, and tingle."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Effectively creepy and impressively atmospheric, this is an enjoyable, well made Spanish horror that demonstrates that there's still life in the found footage format..."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Even if one or two things don't add up come the final twist, you're still in for a jittery hour."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Fans of low-budget indie horror might be able to forgive it, but for the rest of us it frustratingly squanders some eerie promise."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Thankfully, writer/director Fernando Barreda Luna knows enough about building suspense to overcome the movie's many shortcomings."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"there just isn't enough substance to stretch it out to a feature-length film"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The film, shot through the siblings' video cameras, is obviously cheaply made. Still, it rachets up the tension better than most of its genre."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Perhaps it is more an ingenious footnote than a radical game-changer in the shakicam subgenre, but it certainly marks Luna as a new talent to watch."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"This Spanish-language creep-out feels like a road we've been down before."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Atrocious is a primer on how NOT to make a found footage horror movie. The title is depressingly accurate."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Mayhem occurs over a succession of nights, and yawns precede dawns."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The kids are screaming and the camera joggles us to the point of nausea but, at the end, the film's big reveal is just a cheap, dull shimmer."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Yet another piece of "found footage," but it's a pretty cool one."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Stylishly directed and palpably frightening because it leaves more to your imagination than most horror films do."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The scares - though effective, even chilling - come in scarce fits and starts..."
‑ Alexandra Cavallo, Boston Phoenix
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