B-movie magic at full force
“Possessed” illustrates the Spanish culture as a B horror movie that only missed having Bruce Campbell on it. Animated films from the country are used to be considered good just for trying like the little retard of the classroom. So I can assure that Possessed isn’t one of those, but a legitimate hilarious movie even if it’s not for everyone.
I have to give thousands of blessings to SAM (Samuel Ortí Martí) for making a clay-animated film instead of CGI. It has to be thanked not looking like most of commercial movies nowadays. Spanish 3D movies like “Capture the flag” and “Copying Up point by point but act like nobody noticed” (Tad, the lost explorer) stick too much to the American formula like Pixar or DreamWorks, not developing an identity of their own. On the other hand, this movie takes inspiration from Aardman and reminds of web-original films like “Ghost Burger”.
The easiest way of explaining this movie is a mix of tropes from Spanish pop culture and horror B-movies. Don’t be confused by the trailer, it’s not just a parody like “Scary Movie” or the dreadful “Spanish Movie”. Just as an example, the first scene is a more creative archeological adventure than Tad.
It’s an infernal pastiche that catches your morbidity with gags that go from visual humor to wordplays which would probably be lost in translation. But the unspoken gags take precedence, especially if you are a cult horror movies and Lovecraftnian fan. From the mythical “Klaatu Barada Nikto” from “The day that Earth stood still” to “Evil Dead” easter eggs and a cameo by Apu!
Spanish clay-animation on the map
“Possessed” could actually be part of Cinemassacre’s “Monster Madness” and could made known SAM if it received the attention it deserves. The movie had such a limited release even in Spain that I had to watch it online. As soon as I get a DVD copy, I will check the making of, which has to be exquisite.
The movie hardly criticizes Spanish cultural deficit and the church. Its tone reminds the first Torrente movie for “illustrating” the shit of the country. Even Santiago Segura himself plays some characters while José Mota another, like James Sullivan a Mike Wazowski in the Castilian “Monsters Inc.” dub.
Another thing I would like to mention is the music, which has been so well selected that made me tolerate the flamenco. Every track sticks to what is happening in the film even if it’s not as obsessing as “Song of the Sea”. In conclusion, I would love to thank SAM personally for this movie and hug him.