Movie Review – Atroz (2016)

Atroz
Directed by Lex Ortega
Courtesy of Unearthed Films & MVD Distribution
Release Date: August 30, 2016

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Unearthed Films has a reputation for offering some of the most difficult films to watch, and it is a well-deserved status. But this is not because their films are poor quality; quite the contrary. This company’s films are (for the most part) made well and have high production value. But the content and subject matters within their titles are what make them hard to finish in some cases. Brutal and graphic, many (I would wager most) Unearthed Films are not for the squeamish or faint-of-heart. But if you can stomach them, you’re in for a treat; with boatloads of gore and some of the hardest hardcore horror scenes in the business, Unearthed Films is truly a fore to be reckoned with.

ATROZ is a recent release that hails from Mexico, and let me tell you: some of the imagery in this film will linger in your brain like an unwelcome guest after the credits roll. I’ve only seen a handful of Unearthed titles, but this one has moved to the top of the list. If you’re any kind of fan of horror or gore, check this one out for sure.

If you are not familiar with ATROZ, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Unearthed Films and MVD Distribution:

Atroz/Atrocious is a film that portrays the story of two serial killers. After the pair are arrested for causing a traffic accident, the police confiscate some videotapes. These tapes contain brutal murders and tortures that show human wickedness, their background, paraphilia, and the psyche of these murderers.

ATROZ means ‘atrocious’, and the acts committed in this film are just that. The two psychopaths are beyond sick and what they force their victims to endure is difficult to watch.

ATROZ is shot very well, particularly when considering this is a ‘found-footage’ movie. Director Lex Ortega skillfully uses handheld camera shots along with security camera footage to weave a breathtaking journey of repulsiveness and mayhem. The result is an enthralling and effective horror flick you won’t soon forget.

The acting is very good, although I do not recognize a single name in the cast. The special effects are downright amazing, and I would swear the production team actually tortured people to accomplish some of what we see onscreen. But as mentioned, do not watch this one if you have a weak stomach, and certainly steer clear if you are eating. You’ll probably lose your lunch, literally!

A big part of what makes ATROZ so good is the soundtrack. The music is a perfect companion to the violence and savagery we see on the screen. But even more interesting is the fact you could very easily listen to it while zooming down the road in your car. It’s a fascinating score that haunts the atmosphere of the film and helps to immerse the viewer into each scene.

ATROZ is a big win for me, and every gore-hound should definitely pick it up. The Limited Collector’s Edition is a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes a third disc containing the excellent soundtrack. This is available now, so make a note to get your copy soon.

Special Features include:

• CROWDFUNDING VIDEO
• BEHIND THE SCENES: MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN
• BEHIND THE SCENES: PRACTICAL FX
• BEHIND THE SCENES: PRODUCTION
• UNEARTHED TRAILERS
• BTS IMAGE GALLERY
• CD SOUNDTRACK

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