WHITE COFFIN (FrightFest 2016)

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Virginia (Cardinali) is travelling through the countryside with her daughter Rebeca (Duranda), who she has kidnapped from her estranged husband. She gets a flat tyre and a kind stranger (Ferro) helps her, warning her not to stay in the area for too long. Later, at a petrol station, Rebeca is kidnapped by a mysterious man driving a tow truck. She gives chase, only for an ambulance to purposefully run her off the road, killing her. A priest (Dreizik), somehow connected to the kidnapping, gives her a Christian burial. She is then brought back to life for eight hours, guided by the stranger from earlier who tells her to save her daughter she has to find ‘the white coffin’. The only problem is, she’s up against two other women with the same predicament, and a demonic sect determined for her to fail.

Watching White Coffin is a surreal experience. Part of it reminds you of 1970s European horror, and part of it feels like you’ve just woken up to a strange soap opera on your hotel room TV in a foreign country.  One thing brutally refreshing about it is kids can actually die – and in horrible ways – and you realise that there’s no holds barred in this film. You have a fast-paced race against time scenario, interspersed with a circular saw wielding maniac (another ‘70s throwback) and the odd gallon of blood. There’s an obvious twist at the end, but the film is fresh and unique and likely to become a cult classic.

WHITE COFFIN / DIRECTOR: DANIEL DE LA VEGA / SCREENPLAY: ADRIAN GARCIA BOGLIANO, RAMIRO GARCIA BOGLIANO / STARRING: JULIETA CARDINALI, RAFAEL FERRO, ELEONORA WEXLER, DAMIAN DREIZIK


 


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