Aired this August 4 on CANAL + at 9 p.m., Albert Pintó’s “Malasaña 32” is inspired by the sinister murders committed in Madrid in the 20th century to deliver a horror film which is in line with the “Conjuring” universe.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
Madrid, 1976. The Olmedo family settles in the district of Malasaña. They are excited to move to the capital, at a time of profound transformation for Spain. But there is something the family does not know yet: in the house they bought they are not alone … A mysterious presence wants to take them out of their new home and will turn their new life into one. most frightening nightmare.
Malasaña 32, directed by Albert Pintó.
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THE HORROR OF A WELL-KNOWN NEIGHBORHOOD
In Spain, the district of Malasaña, located in Antonio Grilo Street in Madrid, has a grim reputation and a dark past behind it. It is here that many sordid murders, involving children in particular, took place in the 20th century. Over twenty years, nearly 10 people have died violently.
This feature film, directed by Albert Pintó, is by no means inspired by real events – a marketing argument used to the wear and tear for many horror films. It is nevertheless evident that Malasaña 32 take advantage of the notoriety of the Spanish quarter to draw a purely fictional story. The latter is interested in the arrival of a family in an apartment – number 32 – once occupied by an old woman with a heavy secret.
The film does not seek originality at all costs. On the contrary, Albert Pintó uses the classic springs of a haunted house story but manages, all the same, to create an agonizing atmosphere which is established over the minutes. The parallels with the Conjuring saga, launched by James Wan in 2013, are numerous. Yes Malasaña 32 does not come close to its American model, the film offers some interesting ideas, sometimes terrifying.
It is in its last minutes that the feature film disappoints. Beyond an unsatisfactory conclusion, the handicap of one of the characters is used in an awkward way for the sole purpose of frightening. A choice that makes the viewer uncomfortable, but for the wrong reasons. Fans of horror films might recognize Javier Botet, a Spanish actor engaged in Hollywood in monster roles, from Insidious to It, thanks to his atypical physique. Surprise, he embodies, here, a very human character.