La Noche de los Cerdos
By Fabricio Estevam Mira
Nowadays, in cinema, there are no longer defined limits to what can be created. Technically, we are in a golden age. Equipment. Software. Artificial intelligence, and in a few rare cases, financial means that, for the ordinary majority, can be considered sufficient to bring any delusion to life. However, having the most expensive camera won't make you a filmmaker, and no software alone will make you a creative genius. Courage is required. Cinematic courage. The kind that cannot be taught or bought with diplomas. Either you have it, or you'll spend your entire life theorizing about those who do. And when we talk about horror cinema, courage is the obligatory characteristic. Because with courage, you will explore the possibilities ignored and feared by most, and when those boundaries are crossed, what is worth seeing is brought to the screen. And this was honorably accomplished by Colombian filmmaker Ángel Jesús Hurtado and his team with the film 'La Noche De Los Cerdos' (The Night of the Pigs). An experimental horror short film with an extremely low budget, filmed with evident passion and absolute dedication to the director's narrative vision. The script is simple and claustrophobic: A young woman who, after drinking the liquid she finds in a bottle in front of an eerie forest altar, starts hallucinating. That's it. Period. What Hurtado and his team do with this idea is marvelous. The cinematography is crafted with simple yet efficient means. Colored lamps, shadows, textures, and imagination. The art direction is worked on to the point of obsession, and that is something refreshing. Details upon details that dazzle us in delirious hallucinations. The editing is dynamic and completely inspired. Highly fluid and capable of extracting the maximum from the minimum.If it weren't for that, the film would suffocate in the constrained locations used. The soundtrack is organic. Distressing. Nervous. Oppressive and, within its dark color palette, masterfully crafted. The lead actress, Sara Rey, is convincing and truly appears lost and intoxicated. The rest of the cast also undoubtedly believed in the project and immersed themselves deeply. 'La Noche De Los Cerdos' is top-quality experimental horror, made in Latin America and with the true wild spirit of the original 'Evil Dead'.