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Sinister Circle

Peru 2015
produced by
Nevenka Yanovich, Dorian Fernández-Moris (executive) for AV Films
directed by Dorian Fernández-Moris
starring Milene Vásquez, Matías Raygada, Claudia Dammert, Marcello Rivera, Attilia Boschetti, Hernán Romero, Ismael Contreras, Pietro Sibille, Macarena Piana, Leslie Shaw, Micheille Soifer, Mathías Brivio, Miguel Arce, Edgar Vivar
written by Adrián Ochoa, music by Jorge Luís Cárdenas Sotolongo, visual effects by Luis Enrique Alfaro

review by
Mike Haberfelner

A group of teenagers have killed themselves at a cemetary in some kind of cult ritual, and since one of them was her niece, Ursula (Claudia Dammert) has fallen into an apathetic state that has gone so bad that her doctor Garcia (Hernán Romero) had to call back her daughter Fernanda (Milene Vásquez) and Fernanda's son Julio (Matías Raygada) to her native Lima, Peru from Mexico to look after her. Fernanda moves back into her childhood home and is heartily welcomed by the caretaker Quiroga (Ismael Contreras) and the maid Rosa (Attilia Boschetti) ... but it soon becomes apparent that the house is haunted, even if Quiroga and Rosa contest that. Also it seems that Fernanda's mother is drugged far beyond the levels her condition suggest. And then there's a reporter (Marcello Rivera) who suggests there's something severely wrong with ... well everything involving Fernanda's childhood home, her mother's condition, the teen suicides, and quite a few other things - but investigating what that may be only means treading a truly dangerous path ...


Now it's true that the more is explained away in ghost stories, the less effective they are - but going the complete opposite direction, Sinister Circle only shows that giving the viewer too little information might hurt a film just as well. Basically, the film is a big supernatural puzzle, and only by the by are the connections revealed. Thing is, at the end the narrative still remains a mess, and thus makes it hard for the audience to feel with the protagonists, simply because the horrors they face are so diffuse. What remains isn't exactly a train wreck, but some old fashioned scare tactics lined up with little rhyme or reason that after a time are tedious rather than creepy.

Not without promise, but could have been far better.


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