APPS (2021) Reviews of fantasy horror anthology film

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‘Beware of the networks from Hell’

Apps is a 2021 Argentinian-Chilean horror/fantasy anthology film comprised of five different stories with a technological theme.

The anthology stars Tutú Vidaurre, Clara Kovacic, Fernanda Finterbusch, León Arriagada, Nestor Cantillana, Nicolás Durán and Ignacia Uribe, among others; and is a co-production between Fascinante Films, Mastodonte, Femtastica Films and Pragma Films.”

Reviews:

“I’m not sure I’ve seen an anthology where the results are quite so diverse. Despite the loosely unified theme, it feels more like a collection of independent shorts than a cohesive unit. Still, with two bullseyes and an inner ring result, I am prepared to forgive the total misfire of ‘Frequencia’. Film Blitz

” …plenty of entertainment, gore and some thoughtful provocation added in. Sure, there are some computer-aided effects that didn’t work and showed limitations of budget at an effects level. But they did not take away from the entertainment value of the stronger pieces, maybe even aiding them in that regard. All in all, some bits are good while others are great.” Screen Anarchy

Background:

Lucio A. Rojas, one of its executive producers: “It was possible to finish Apps in this pandemic year and a half. It was pretty hard due to restrictive conditions, but we were able to pull through. Five stories were built, each unique and different from the others – all entertaining, fresh and of great technical quality, including spectacular special effects. This is an anthology informed by several inspirations, by quality films and also by current technological trends.”

The project’s creator, José Miguel Zúñiga, tells us about his segment: “My story is called “Manada” and it shows how the ambition for money can lead four young people to commit an atrocity and transmit it through the internet, what they do not know is that everything in life comes back and they will try a dose of their own medicine; girl power will take its revenge. The film’s aesthetic is inspired by movies from the eighties, there is even a tribute to the film The Shining.”

Sandra Arriagada, Chile’s first female director to present a feature at a fantasy film festival, said: “With “On Fire” I wanted to put into practice a subgenre that I have always loved, and that I have seen in many Asian productions, which is social satire in black comedy-slapstick. A sarcastic point of view toward irresponsible parenting and children’s minds when that happens. And of course a sweet revenge through its protagonist’s pyrokinesis, the power of internal rage. Rage is comedy”.

Camilo León, for whom this film marks an international debut: “In “Frequency” I wanted to talk about loneliness, an often overlooked concept that can bring illness, fear, physical and psychological damage and even death. In addition, I wanted to interpret loneliness as something suffocating, which locks you in a perceptual world where death is not the liberation of this same concept.”

For his part, Lucio A. Rojas spoke about the different short films’ influences: “All of the segments are indebted to their own influences. In my case, “Edén” is a mix between folk horror and survival film. It’s as if you took the girls from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, after kidnapping them, you used them as part of a dark ancestral ritual. This movie’s inherent freedom allowed us to play with different subgenres.”

Release:

Apps had its world premiere at the BIFAN festival in South Korea in July 2021.

Technical details:

87 minutes

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