Here’s a neat little film that encapsulates just about everything that’s good about the Spaghetti Western. There’s a twisty, no-nonsense script (by the reliable Fernando Di Leo and Augusto Caminito, who also collaborated on the twisty, no-nonsense Poker With Pistols)
OK boys and girls, time for another found footage horror movie. Hey ho, whoop di do and hip hip hoo-sodding-ray, just what the world needs, another found footage horror movie.
Andreas Prochaska’s The Dark Valley has picked up a grand total of twenty five awards and five additional nominations since its release in 2014, as well as being the Austrian entry for the Oscar that year. So why is it, you have to ask, that it didn’t receive any kind of cinematic release in the UK…
Well, if you like Spanish actors playing ugly, insane Mexicans this is the film for you. Laughing maniacally with chicken gizzards dripping from their lips and stale tequila encrusted on their beards, this lot are the most sanitorially challenged bunch I’ve seen
Given the overly-familiar nature of many low budget films, anything which comes up with an idea that’s at all novel should be congratulated. The Captive (which was also released as Armistice) deserves some credit for trying something different.