1974 (2016) Reviews and overview of Mexican found-footage movie

 

1974 aka 1974: La Posesión de Altair is a 2016 Mexican found-footage horror feature film about the discovery of a set of old film reels in an abandoned house.

Written and directed by Victor Dryere, the movie stars Diana Bovio, Rolando Breme, Guillermo Callahan, Blanca Alarcón and Rubén González.

Plot:

A set of 8mm film reels, discovered in an abandoned house, reveals the buried truth of a horror story that occurred in the 1970s. In the grainy found footage, a newlywed couple begins to experience disquieting events that may indicate supernatural possession. Their plunge into the grip of the demons within the human soul, and perhaps outside it, is relentless and terrifying…

Reviews:

“With minimal use of special effects, Victor Dryere does a fantastic job of telling a disturbing and suspenseful story with an unexpected twist. If I had one criticism, it would be to minimize Dr Canseco’s character or do without him altogether, he added very little, if anything to the story.” Atomic Age Renegades

“The retro style feel of the film works to its advantage, there are some truly genuinely chilling moments and it’s brisk pace results in so few downtime moments that it remains engaging the whole way through, leaving this as a solid and truly worthwhile pick for found-footage aficionados…” Don’s World of Horror and Exploitation

“In 1974 a lot happens; the film is relentless. I am surprised this film is not at every Hollywood studio ready to be remade. Or they should be hiring this director to shoot something new right now.” Dread Central

“It does rely heavily on jump-scares and the familiar found-footage tropes, it is pretty well-paced for a “slow burn” film in its respectable 82 minutes run time. 1974 is stylish, impeccably retro, and made with love, but it falls into the “style over substance” category, which is such a bummer.” Haddonfield Horror

“So many Blair Witch copy-cats cheat and cut corners, but this really looks like freaky events in 1974 that were caught on a crummy consumer 8mm camera. If just about any viewer saw a film like this in 1998 (pre-Blair) they would be easily convinced it was legit—and deeply disturbed by it.” J.B. Spins

” …1974 is a perfect little sliver of a film, one that isn’t distractingly gimmicky, or over-long. It’s stylish without being over-determined. And it’s not jarringly gory, or obnoxiously pseudo-minimalistic. It’s scary; go see it.” RogerEbert.com

“Bovio and Breme have believable chemistry as a couple in love, and both actors are also solid as their characters unravel. Dreyere paces the film well, though it falls into the found-footage movie trap of being a slow burn that builds into a big reveal.” When It Was Cool

Cast and characters:

Diana Bovio … Altair
Rolando Breme … Manuel
Guillermo Callahan … Callahan
Blanca Alarcón … Tere
Rubén González Garza … Dr Canseco
Oliverio Gareli … Periodista Santiago Orozco
Roberto Absalón … Witness
Carlos Barber … Joven Fiesta
Jesús Oswaldo Castro … Policeman
Alberto Chávez … Youngster
Odyn Cortez … Youngster
José Roberto Cáceres … Witness
Alejandro Deli … Youngster
Carlos Aguirre Dryere … Pablo
Luis Escalante … Witness

Filming locations:

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

Technical details:

82 minutes

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