So, when is a horror movie not a horror movie?
Or, more appropriately, not JUST a horror movie.
Well, for example, when it’s director Pedro Olea’s Spanish feature EL BOSQUE DEL LOBO, or, as it is known in English, THE ANCINES WOODS.
An almost completely forgotten film in Europe, this unsettling, thought-provoking and CRIMINALLY UNKNOWN historical horror movie has never been released in the USA in any format.
However, it is considered by at least some of the few who have seen it to be perhaps one of the finest Spanish films ever made.
A slow burn of an historically accurate period shocker, upon its initial theatrical release it garnered the Best Actor Award at the 1971 Chicago International Film Fest, as well as winning the following prizes at a variety of Spanish festivals: Best Spanish Movie Performer, Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Technical Achievement.
Unlike most stereotypical horror films which are heavy-handed and exploitative, this is a type of “matter-of-fact” horror which might just be based on a true story: in the early 19th century, an old peddler is believed to be a werewolf by the folks living in a small, primitive village who decide to hunt the creature for fear of their own safety.
The film is also noteworthy for including authentic reenactments of traditional funeral rituals which were common in the rural regions of Spain and Italy during the 18th century.
This is easily one of the most unusual, dramatic foreign horror films the PFS has ever unearthed.
It will be shown fully uncut, in the original spoken Spanish, with English Subtitles.
$7 admission for Ages 14+!
Seating at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8:00pm