El Rey de la montaña (King of the Hill)
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A man traveling through rural Spain in search of the town where his girlfriend awaits becomes ensnared in a surreal waking nightmare in director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's intricate thriller. Quim (Leonardo Sbaraglia) was on his way to visit his girlfriend when he stopped off at an isolated gas station for some fuel and a quick trip to the restroom. But the men's toilet is out of order, and in his haste Quim ducks into the ladies room. Upon exiting ,Quim crosses paths with a mysterious beauty named Bea (Maria Valverde). The sexual tension is as immediate as it is undeniable, and the two… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a work of hard-driving tension, this is satisfyingly terse, methodical and relentless."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"The revelation of the shooter's identity, however, is a bit of a yawn, especially if you have seen the 2006 French film Them or last year's British horror movie Eden Lake."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"It's at its best in a tense middle section that plays as a pared-down existential nightmare."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"In this solidly crafted, well performed thriller, humanity gets lost in the deep, dark woods."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Is more disturbing and more intelligent than Friday the 13th."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
"allows a compelling moral message to emerge from its amoral woodland playgrounds."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"It starts off well enough as Deliverance and Duel but becomes very conventional when, two-thirds of the way through, the snipers are revealed and it turns into what might be called Haneke-panky."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The tautness of the first hour is tremendous, and features something I never thought to see in such a movie: the spectacle of a man, hiding inside a car from his would-be killer, and doing something we would all probably do in real life: actually whimper."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"From Spain comes a leaner, bleaker horror film."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"King of the Hill targets our fear of someone having us in their sights."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"A political thriller in the sense that it's bound to polarize audiences..."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Stylishly shot, this tense Spanish thriller sees the couple lost in a mountain wilderness while being hunted by an unseen sniper."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, thelondonpaper
"Engaging, well made horror that gets a decent amount of tension out of its simple premise, even if it's not quite as shocking and provocative as it thinks it is."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"With Paul Greengrass' eye for documentary-like realism Lopez-Gallego keeps the action close to the ground and physical."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
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