Atrocious (limited) release date August 17 2011 studio Bloody Disgusting Selects director Fernando Barreda Luna writer Fernando Barreda Luna rating R site bloody-disgusting.com/selects trailer 1 Trailer #1 Official Score: Average User Rating: ADD A USER REVIEW 16 comments Posted By Milk on August 21, 2011 @ 9:21 am Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ Atrocious isn’t bad and it isn’t good. It’s exactly what you would expect from this genre. There was nothing that made it stand out from all of the others. I’d suggest other movies in this genre like The Tunnel or REC 2. If you’ve seen all the other options then this is ok to sit back and relax to, just don’t expect too much. Posted By flanjo on October 26, 2011 @ 1:20 am Log in to Reply ☆☆☆☆☆ Definitely nothing special, but not necessarily a horrible movie. I would only recommend this for fans of the found footage genre. Not the best character development, some segments really needed to be trimmed down, and the big reveal was kinda “meh.” Still fun to watch if you’re into these sorts of flicks. Posted By Bloodcitydemon on October 28, 2011 @ 1:52 am Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ Three due to the fact I promised MR.D…Okay film ending is cliche. More of a nothing to do so watch this kinda movie. Concept is so-so…Had fun with the VOD CHAT though…LET’S HOPE MR.D CAN GET MANDY LANE FOR THE NEXT TIME! Posted By Mayday on October 28, 2011 @ 1:56 am Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ I apprecicate B-D for hosting a free viewing of Atrocious, so now I don’t have to waste a Netflix rental on it. While the movie showed definite promise in the beginning, it quickly sucumbed to major problems, ruining what otherwise could have been a much better film. The ghost story told at the beginning, while not wholly original, made for an interesting enough premise; sadly, minutes later it becomes apparent that that story has naught to do with the actual storyline. The second big misstep is it fails to follow in the footsteps of other much more succesful found-footage film. There’s no reason to copy them directly, but for the majority of the middle of the movie nothing of interest happens. At all. Normally found footage movies begin amping things up as the film progresses. But Atrocious simply goes about its business building little to no tension at all. And after a harried and utterly confusing and completely not scary last 10 minutes, the movie appears to end with no explanation, though that is eventually rectified. However, the voice-overs of the reporters describing the crime to a background of crime scene photos might have been more effective at the start of the movie. Ultimately, when the film resumes for its last couple of minutes, giving an explanation for what happened, it is predictable and just not impressive. While I often love found footage movies and had high hopes after the impressive beginning, the remainder of the flick turned out to be a real let down. I again thank B-D for allowing me to watch this for free, but I sseriously hope future B-D Selects will be much better than this one. 3.5/10 Posted By PrettyScary on October 28, 2011 @ 12:08 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ Wonderful atmosphere, the story itself was pretty slow and didn’t break any new ground. The ending was unanticipated and therefore a nice surprise! Posted By MattSlash on October 28, 2011 @ 4:06 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ Despite that it treads very familiar territory and doesn’t really bring anything that fresh to the found footage genre it still remains as formidable than ever. The film starts off pretty much like The Blair Witch Project introducing us to ordinary people who are documenting their research on figuring out an old legend but soon get attacked by an unknown force or being and things turn from normal to terrifying. This film is uber creepy with an fantastic atmospheric setting that will send chills to your bones and intense suspense that will have you grabbing you seat as well as believable performaces from the likable leads that makes the whole ordeal that more effective and downright disturbing. It was scary but doesn’t have alot of nonstop jolts like the Paranormal Activity series but the intensity is their and the fear of the unknown and the big reveal at the end was clever and shocking and gave it an even more sinister tone that will get under your skin but still expected something bigger and different but liked the direction it took which was a different change of pace. The violence in this film though basically off screen is brutal and twisted once revealed after the fact and is the things of nightmares. Overall I wouldn’t say it’s with the top dogs of the found footage genre but I liked it a little bit more than the very disappointing Paranormal Activity 3 and I liked the direction it took more and this one was just more unsettling and better executed and a more disturbing story. Worth a look just don’t expect something with tons of jump scares just more shock value. 6.3 ouf of 10 Posted By Left4Dau on October 28, 2011 @ 4:56 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ I loved this movie, I had the headphones in, lights off, and pizza rolls to my side as I watched the premier from BD. It started off very slow, but I enjoyed the character development and not knowing what to expect from the rest of the film. Once they get seperated in the Hedge Maze I was freaking out, I was on my seat the whole time. This movie didnt bring anything new to the table, but it did what it did well and I was spooked. I actually enjoyed this more than PA3 because it felt more real and not so hollywoodized. The twist was unexpected and it made me love the movie even more. I will definitely be picking this movie up on DVD or Blu Ray (If it comes out on Blu ray) in the near future. Posted By goodnightsatellite on November 1, 2011 @ 5:41 am Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ boring. I’m sick to death with found footage films where very little happens for 70 minutes then some stuff kind of happens for the last ten of fifteen. Pass, it’s a turd. Posted By maynardmorrissey on November 2, 2011 @ 7:16 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ Huge disappointment. “Atrocious” is definitely one of the weakest of all the found-footage movie released this year. A boring and completely unsatisfying lamefest I desperately tried to enjoy, but couldn’t. Good: a few pretty creepy scenes (in the cellar, the exploding finale), some quite effective camera work and an interesting plot. Bad: countless horribly boring, horribly tedious scenes of people walking through a maze, hardly any suspense or atmoshpere, the acting is meh, every single character is unbearable (especially the annoying Cristian) and the plot twist at the end is so unbelievably stupid I couldn’t believe it. Atrocious? Atrociously lame. Posted By Oldmandeadhand on November 19, 2011 @ 2:13 pm Log in to Reply ☆☆☆☆☆ Atrocious was exactly what I expected from a cam horror.The first half dealing with the so called urban legend followed by an intense thrill ride of night vision cams through the forest and then an abrupt ending. It wasn’t a bad film, but it also wasn’t a good film. If you’re a fan of the genre check it out. At 70 mins long its worth a watch before you go to bed. The ending was unexpected. I will give them credit for that. Posted By flesheater123 on December 5, 2011 @ 6:48 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ This movie flat out sucks. 1hr of useless shit. followed by 17mins of more useless crap. the murder scenes were decent. There’s a remakes of this in the works is even worst. I was never so bored in my life. Then I watched chopping mall after IDK i was bored with that too. Posted By furie27 on January 27, 2012 @ 7:45 am Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ I really liked this, there have been some really outstanding horror movies out of Spain in the last decade. I was really happy this stayed out of the realm of the supernatural while keeping pretty close to the feel of the urban myth. Posted By ArtyomDnB on February 6, 2012 @ 7:03 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ This movie wasn’t as bad as most people say, but mostly its about personal taste. For this movie was pretty decent. The atmosphere was good, the writing wasn’t bad either and the acting wasn’t as sloppy as it could of been. I’ll admit it did begin slow but it picked up quite a bit after the mother runs off into the night and I was kept at the edge of my seat and my blanket up to my mouth. I try and have fun with films like these. And it was indeed fun. So this movie isn’t for everyone but I would encourage people to go see it for themselves to really see and understand it. I enjoyed it. The night scenes in the maze and everything after that was just a creep fest which helped me really enjoy this film. I would recommend it as it was some pretty good stuff (in my eyes of course.)Not a bad film at all. Posted By TheGonzoJoint on March 4, 2012 @ 8:17 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ With “Atrocious”, the Spaniards yet again jump on the bandwagon that is the Found Footage sub-genre of horror cinema. Some notable instances in which they’ve done this include “REC”, its sequel, and a few more that I cannot name, for I have not seen them, nor can I properly identify them at the moment. Everyone wants in on this gimmick, which can’t exactly be called a new one; given that “The Blair Witch Project” and even “Cannibal Holocaust” piqued the interest of penniless filmmakers worldwide some time ago. Mind you, it was probably “Paranormal Activity” that revived the gimmickry that is found footage, but we’ll give credit to all who have earned it. A family is murdered and found mutilated in the comfort of their summer home in Sitges, Spain. The police find a pair of high-tech video cameras at the scene. The footage that we see is supposedly a compilation of what was recovered from the cameras. We see all that we need to see, essentially. And what we see is this: a brother and a sister – Cristian and July – planning on borrowing their friend’s video recording technology (hence, the camera) during their Easter visit to that house in Sitges. They are intrigued by a local legend (and so was I), which told of a woman dressed in red who disappeared into the hedge maze that lies right outside the premises, or perhaps more accurately, right on the premises, although it just takes the will to walk through a gate to get from the rocky driveway to the grassy grove. It’s said that this very woman that belongs to the legend still resides in the woods, but as a ghost; and she haunts those very grounds. The kids are hoping to capture some footage for, I dunno, shits and giggles sometime down the road; perhaps they have some Youtube show (or something like that) where they would present their ghastly findings. The opening of the film sort of implies something along the lines of that; although I can’t be too sure. Anyways, that’s what they plan to do; and at that, we can get going to the long, winding road that leads to the juicy stuff; the ghostly goods. If you go into this movie expecting for the creepy images to pile up almost instantly, you’re not in luck, because this flick takes its precious little time at pretty much everything. The film is 75 minutes long, and the first 60 is devoted almost entirely to build up. It’s only in the last 20 minutes that we get some mildly satisfying footage, although the film understands one thing: that it’s best to show as little as you possibly can when you want your movie to truly scare an experienced audience. For the final 20, it’s fairly intense, and suitably so; but also painfully derivative. So is the rest of the movie. Look, I can appreciate the intent – and the film doesn’t live up to its title whatsoever – but it offers nothing new (or particularly entertaining) as far as its genre, and sub-genre, go. There are indeed prolonged, entertaining stretches along the way – and if you know me, then you’ll know that I love me some good suspense – but by the end, the whole thing has become one big cop out. They say a twisty finale can make or break a movie; in this case, it breaks and leaves a mess not well-worth cleaning up. If “Atrocious” wants nothing more than to be a minor addition to the Found Footage trend that presents us with a few genuinely creepy moments and some shockingly convincing acting/directing; then the mission has been accomplished, and the film is fine. You know what; no matter what, I think it’s just fine overall. I have no problem with it, and I admire certain aspects of the movie, but all-in-all, there just wasn’t enough life in this old horse. Instead of being off-beat and different, it’s a one-note, one-pulse horror movie; rendering it a rather dull and unimpressive affair. Still, I do think it’s worth seeing so long as you can appreciate Found Footage type films, but just go in knowing that it won’t keep you up at night, nor will anything about it truly stick with you. I had problems with the pacing, the uninteresting characters, and the lack of ambition. But alas, “Atrocious” doesn’t seem to be an appropriate name for the final product; “Mediocrity” might have been just a little bit better. Posted By BabyJaneHudson on March 5, 2012 @ 2:02 am Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ A quick, simple film with some decent moments. The film makes good use of the labyrinth setting to add tension to an otherwise quiet story – as you follow along there are moments where the frustration and hopelessness of the situation are quiet relatable – you can imagine being there and feeling what the characters feel. The twist ending is a disappointment – its not particularly clever or shocking if you pay attention to how certain characters act leading up to it ( I won’t spoil the details). This doesn’t add anything new to the game, but its less infuriating than some of the POV films I’ve seen. Posted By Drayke on October 13, 2012 @ 3:13 am Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ Atrocious feels like a solid 45-minute short film that was stretched out an extra half-hour for no good reason, giving it the odd problem of feeling overly-long at only 75 minutes. Most found-footage films begin on a rather innocuous note, ramping up the tension and the scares gradually until finally letting all its horrors loose on the viewer in the final act. Some films in the sub-genre choose to get things moving earlier and then add small breaks in the action here and there without losing the tension (see [Rec].) Atrocious takes the curious path of providing absolutely no scares and virtually no tension of any sort until the film is nearly over, and then attempting (with some success) to make up for lost time in the finale. Furthermore, the story is paper-thin and the characters are bland and slightly irritating. So what you get is about 45 frustrating minutes of wondering when something interesting will happen, followed by a scary and tense final half hour. The payoff is solid, though not quite as good as it needs to be to make up for the 45 minutes of near-nothing that precedes it. If you have 75 minutes to waste and you really like found-footage horror, Atrocious is worth checking out. Just don’t expect to be blown away, at least not until the shit finally hits the fan, at which point, you may be glad you stuck it out.