ATROZ (2015)

Written by: Richard Taylor.

This Mexican shocker crept up on audiences from practically out of nowhere. With legendary Cannibal Holocaust director Ruggero Deodato's name attached in the lime light as an associate producer. Director Lex Ortega delivers the horror from the streets of Mexico where the film states over 28,000 murders go unsolved each year and another quote on how anyone can get away with murder there. In the introduction of this film we get this very urban feel to the movie, a great intro showing the gritty streets and all the seedy characters (derelicts, prostitutes and the regular people of society all existing as one).

This review was originally edited and posted
by Chris Mayo at Severed Cinema.

Unearthed Films guru Stephen Biro has an eye for sinister material and gets only the best films on his roster and with Atroz there is no exception. The sheer ferocity and merciless nature of this indie horror production beats you savagely over the head and does'nt let up. Its fast paced, well edited and moves along with the story line in a break neck pace. Whats more twisted is director Lex Ortega taking the reins as the main character so the man knew what he wanted out of this movie, what he was aiming for in both direction and acting.

The story line is well constructed and simple but it works effectively. A woman has been brutally struck down by a car and the two drivers have been obtained by the police. The unorthodox commander in chief decides to check out the assailants car for himself and makes a gruesome discovery on a cam corder. The video recorder features the relentless torture and murder of a prostitute. The police decide to deal out some justice themselves (justice that would make even the criminals cringe)by interrogating their perpetrators and they discover more video tapes exposing even more sexually deviant torture and murder.

Without giving much of the juiciness away I can honestly say Atroz delivers the violence and gore ten fold but does it in a manner of such savagery with these crazy first person point of view camera shots and probably some of the most uncomfortable scenes of anal violation ever put on celluloid. Feces, incest, menstrual blood, gore, castration, sexual mutilation, its all here and then some, this is an intense experience which is solely told by gritty video camera footage, it frequently switches back to present time when the criminals are questioned.

Where I question Atroz is not in its delivery but how everything was caught on video camera, even the main killers fucked up childhood humiliation from his parents. Who in their right mind films all this, all these fucked up scenes in their life with a video camera, I had a hard time stomaching this but it didn't lessen the experience for me. Ortega has bludgeoned everyone over the head with Atroz, no mercy is shown and I can honestly say this movie is one of the most intense viewing experiences I've had in awhile, not soon to be forgotten.

I hate comparison's but its easily up there with the infamous big guns such as A Serbian Film and American Guinea Pig: Bouquet Of Guts And Gore. I recommend every underground horror film enthusiast to seek this out for their collection. Lex Ortega is a filmmaker to be watched, Unearthed and Biro have got another winner on their hands, soon Unearthed Films will take over the world and turn shit into solid horror gold.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Directed by: Lex Ortega
Written by: Lex Ortega and Sergio Tello
Produced by: Abigail Bonilla and Ruggero Deodato
Cinematography by: Luis Garcia
Editing by: Elena Morales
Special Effects by: Jaimie Lopez and Alfredo Olguin
Music by: Sealtiel Alatriste
Cast: Lex Ortega, Carlos Padilla, David Aboussafy, Laurette Flores, Aleyda Gallardo,
Dana Karvelas, Patricia Leih, Orlando Moguel, Miguel Angel Nava, Julio Rivera,
Florencia Rios, Carlos Valencia

Rick Haymes, Mike Keller, Chris Gentile,  James Murphy
Year: 2015
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 19min

Distributor: Unearthed Films