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CUADROS DE TERROR (24 Frames of Terror)
director Christian Gonzalez
starring Rafael Amaya · Raquel Bustos · Anna Ciocchetti
· Pamela Trueba · Gerardo Murguia
cult director Christian Gonzalez - in the style of Dario Argento - tells
the story of a sadistic serial killer who films his beautiful victims
as they cling to their last gasp of life. This Euro-esque thriller begins
as a young female filmmaker named Sofia is mysteriously hired to "assemble,
edit and enhance" a collection of film reels in the office of an
old empty house. She is soon trapped inside that residence after discovering
graphic 'snuff' images, murders performed by her employer [known in
the Media as 'the Lady Killer']. His goal - the reason he hired Sofia
- is to create the ultimate horror film with the graphic footage and
achieve International recognition. Of course, to complete his plan,
he must also kill Sofia after she completes her work. But she realizes
her precarious position. So - in Sheherazade fashion - Sofia continues
to stay alive by constantly tweaking and arranging the grisly footage,
thus, increasing her value to him.
Christian Gonzalez was a significant part of the Mexican cinema subculture,
making 93 movies between 1987-2017 [most falling into notorious obscurity,
titles like Ansio Tus Labios De Rojo Fuego (Yearning For Your
Red Fire Lips), Esclavas Del Sadismo (Sadism Slaves) and
El Clon de Hitler (Clone of Hitler)]. Mr Gonzalez died
at age 64 in December 2021 after a prolonged illness.
film opened theatrically across Mexico in 2008 amid an array of positive
critical reviews, often noting the Argento similarities ["the
elegance of the cinematography, against a backdrop of primary colors,
and characters of a fragile heroin against the tormented killer"].
But the graphic violence resulted in some surprising reactions among
audiences. For example, Cinemex Itapulca reported: "the shock and
gore caused the most epic walkout in the history of film projection
here at the Cinemex: the room was left empty, so they turned off the
projector, lights. Closed up."
film with optional (ON/OFF) English subtitles; widescreen format,
(90 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any
American machine. Extras include selected trailers.
Strong Sexual Situations/Drugs/Sexual Brutality
for Adult Audiences