TARUMAMA (2021) Review of Colombian cabin in the woods horror

 

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Tarumama is a 2021 Colombian horror film about a disunited family that takes a rural vacation and soon begin to regret their decision.

Directed by Andres Beltran from a screenplay co-written with Anton Goenechea. Produced by Andrés Calderón and Natalia Echeverri.

The Dynamo production stars Andres Londono, Paula Castaño, Carolina Ribón and Alanna de La Rossa.

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Plot:

In their last attempt to save their marriage, Sara (Paula Castaño) and Óscar (Andres Londono) decide to take a short vacation in a cabin in the woods with their two children.

However, upon arrival, strange events corrode the tense atmosphere between them: a woman prowls the house predicting events that defy nature, which break the family from within as they confront unresolved problems from their past…

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Tarumama drips with stylish dread and coupled with a haunting score makes for quite the unsettling story. When monsters do turn up they also look incredible, so hats off to the production design too. A clever twist on the cabin in the woods motif with some genuine scares and bucketloads of atmosphere.” Bloody Flicks

Tarumama may sound like a La Llorona clone at first, but I’m pleased to tell you that familiar clichés such as jump scares and ghostly special effects are avoided […] The setting is very well used, after all, especially the mist amongst the trees, making some of the scenes a little disorienting. The only flaw (for me, at least) was in the ending, which made it a little more neatly resolved than I felt necessary.” Horror Obsessive

“It’s a visual treat at times too as thick fog swallows the thick, mossy woodland, bringing with it a ghoulish formation to haunt the family. The cabin feels compact and claustrophobic, scenes are shot high to feel like something is bearing down and antagonising Sara and Oscar. You watch, waiting for a moments relief but instead, the story shifts neatly into its third act and leans hard into its horror creating a genuinely terrifying shot at its climax.” Love Horror

Release:

Tarumama was released in Colombia on July 29, 2021. The film was recently shown to prospective buyers at the Cannes Marche du Film as part of Blood Window’s genre showcase.

Cast and characters:

Andres Londono … Óscar
Paula Castaño … Sara
Carolina Ribón … Tarumama
Alanna de La Rossa … Alicia

Original title:

Llanto Maldito “Cursed Cry”

Trailer:

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