VENUS (2022) Spanish supernatural horror from Jaume Balagueró

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Venus is a 2022 Spanish supernatural horror film set in an urban survival environment with elements of modern witchery.

The movie is the second entry in the six-part ‘The Fear Collection’ that Sony Pictures International Productions and Amazon Prime Video is jointly producing. The first movie was Álex de la Iglesia’s Venecia Frenia (2021).

Directed by Jaume Balagueró (Muse; Sleep Tight; Fragile; [REC] and two sequels; The Nameless) from a screenplay written by Fernando Navarro (Fenómenas; Below Zero; Unknown Origins; Muse; Verónica). The plot isinspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Dreams in the Witch House‘.

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The movie stars Ester Expósito, Ángela Cremonte, Magüi Mira, Fernando Valdivieso and Federico Aguado.

Release:
Venus had its world premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film will also open the Sitges Film Festival before being released in Spanish cinemas by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Venus will then be available online via Prime Video.

Review:
“Balagueró’s latest may draw from a familiar Lovecraft short, but its emphasis on the crime aspect puts it closer to a siege thriller than cosmic horror. Its mythology and character beats may be thinly drawn, but it doesn’t detract from the propulsive action sequences or gory moments […] Overall, Venus makes for a slick and breezy action-horror movie far more memorable for its gruesome high-octane thrills than its cosmic chills.” Bloody Disgusting

Technical specs:
1 hour 40 minutes

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