(385) FOREST OF DEATH [Bosque de Muerte] (1993) Mexican slasher
Mexican/Spanish title BASQUE DE MUERTE [Forest of Death]
Carlos David Ortigoza
starring: Jorge Reynoso
· Sergio Bustamante
Espejo · Andrea Aguirre
· Lorena Victoria
young couples from Mexico are heading to a secluded ranch in Southwestern
Arizona for a holiday weekend. One of the girls, Sylvia, was raised on
that isolated farm and is looking forward to rekindling some of the happier
memories. However, many terrible memories also linger at the place - like
her mother's drowning followed by dad's mysterious disappearance - and
those incidents seem to have sparked a devastating curse which affects
all the visitors. One by one, the young people are stalked and slaughtered
by a killer in a rain slicker. Who is the slasher and how can he be stopped?
motion picture and Pedro Galindo's HELL
(Trampa Infernal) are generally considered the best of the Mexican
slasher films, both obviously inspired by the rash of similar flicks north
of the border during the same time period. For this one, director Carlos
David Ortigoza seems to pay homage to other International slasher movies
by freely incorporating many similarities [ie, the kids being assisted
by a Forest Ranger when their van breaks down (THE
PREY), the slasher camouflaged in a rain slicker (UNHINGED),
and the killer tossing a decapitated head through a window to unsettle
his prey (Ruggero Deodato'sCAMPING
DEL TERRORE)] as well as the usual trappings of the genre. However,
Mr Ortigoza has also created a plausible, tense thriller.
film; fullscreen, (81 min.),
DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers.
for Mature Audiences