EMBRYO (2020) reviews of Chilean alien impregnation sci-fi horror

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‘It feeds. It grows. It lives.’

Embryo is a 2020 Chilean science-fiction horror feature film about aliens that impregnate a young woman who was camping in the woods. As the entity inside her starts growing, she discovers her cravings can only be satisfied by human flesh and blood.

Written and directed by Patricio Valladares (Nightworld; Hidden in the Woods; Downhill), the movie stars Romina Perazzo, Domingo Guzmán, Carolina Escobar and Cristian Cuentrejo.

Plot:

Kevin and his girlfriend Evelyn are camping in the woods when she is abducted and impregnated by otherworldly beings. As the entity inside her begins to grow at a rapid rate, Evelyn’s cravings can only be satiated by the taste of human flesh. When she brutally attacks a doctor, they go on the run to the big city where they can find help to remove the embryo that’s slowly taking over Evelyn’s body…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The performances of both actors – Romina Perazzo and Domingo Guzmán – are really good, particularly Perazzo once her character has been impregnated. Some of the scenes are actually quite shocking and they do leave a lasting impact. Embryo has a lot of potential but the switching away from the main narrative left me frustrated.” Entertainment Focus

“Though it shares some Lovecraftian (him again) preoccupations with Valladares’ previous Downhill, this plays with a lot of UFOlogical lore (and features X-Filesy date, time and place captions to set the genre tone) but also has much in common with ‘unnatural pregnancy’ horrors like Inseminoid and Baby Blood.  It has gruesome moments, but also flashes of sweetness and cosmic horror.” The Kim Newman Web Site

” …much narrative repetition and a dearth of economy – for, despite the relatively brief running time of 72 minutes, (multiple) flashbacks to scenes already shown merely slow the pace […] Yet for all this, the fragmentary nature of Embryo makes the film its own UFO – strange, elusive and difficult to identify.” Projected Figures

“Mostly shot amongst some spectacular scenery, Embryo’s structure moves between camcorder footage and the slicker main segments, which has flashes of gore and at times reminds us of Cronenberg’s Shivers and Rabid. There are several moments that are impactful during the ‘found footage’-style sections…” Starburst

Cast and characters:

Romina Perazzo … Evelyn
Domingo Guzmán … Kevin
Carolina Escobar … Camila
Cristian Cuentrejo … Policía Jorquera
Luis Vitalino Grandón … Doctor
Vittorio Farfan … Truck driver #1
Manuel Navarrete … Truck driver #2
Alan Robinson … Truck driver #3
Patricio Valladares … Truck driver #4
Giordano Rossi … Ignacio
François Soto … Camionero (voice)
Paulina Facuse … Paulina
Ignacio Muñoz … Reimundo
Yuri Caceres … Yuri
Gloria Furmanjuk … Ana

Technical details:

72 minutes

  

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