Writer-director Alejandro Fadel’s Cannes competition entry gained notices for its shocker of an opening. However, it’s in its details that this atmospheric Argentina-set drama rewards.
In a remote region of the Andes, rural police officer Cruz investigates the bizarre case of a decapitated woman’s corpse. David, the husband of Cruz's lover Francisca, becomes the prime suspect and is sent to a psychiatric hospital. David blames the crime on the inexplicable appearance of the ‘Monster’. Initially sceptical, Cruz stumbles on to a mysterious theory involving the geometry of landscape, mountain motorcyclists and the mantra: Murder Me, Monster. There may be more than trees in them there woods and Cruz takes his life into his hands exploring it. This is heady stuff – in more ways than one!
"This convention-defying horror has Guillermo del Toro’s vision and David Lynch’s dreamlike logic" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian