Always bet on black.
– Wesley Snipes from Passenger 57
Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil
OVERALL: HOOOOOOEEEEEEEEE GAHHHHH!! In short, this movie thrilled me so much I was reduced to sheer vocalization of DELIGHT. I really liked this movie.
Oh and if you are wondering why I put the “Always bet on black” quote at the beginning of this review, well I say watch the movie and you’ll know.
POINTS: This movie surprises you. Trust me, you haven’t seen anything like this before. It isn’t a straight up good vs evil movie (thank goodness). Like zombie movies before it, the movie truly looks at the worst in human behavior. In this movie you really get a good look at religious intolerance and the ignorant frenzied mob. While that is painful to watch, the added mystery of the “devil” and what is up with the blacksmith leads you to keep watching!!
The acting, writing, cinematography, all is good. Not a technical flaw in this movie. Just watch!
This movie actually epitomizes true science fiction/fantasy: It makes us look at ourselves and our world.
PITFALLS: Nope. None. So good.
FEMALE CHARACTER(S): Our main female character is a little girl, Usue played by Uma Bracaglia. Although I am usually annoyed that heroic women are portrayed as children or infantile, in this instance it works perfectly. Perfect.
CULTURAL PITFALL(S): Nope. This movie is set in the 1800s in Spain and is used as a tool to examine society. Or so I guess; I can’t read the director’s mind. Whatever stereotypes are in the movie they serve to show how close-minded this community is. At least in my mind.
HIGH POINT(S): The ending. I bet you didn’t expect that. I didn’t and I LOVED it!
BECHDEL TEST (Website): 3 of 3 if you count the little girl talking to adults.
RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 0 of 3.
IMDB: Errementari (2017)
DVD/BLU-RAY WORTHY: YES.
LION PAW PRINTS: 3.5 of 5.
For horror movies only: HUBBY’S HORROR RATING. We didn’t hold hands during this as we were sprawled on our huge couch. I think I would have jerked his hand twice so let’s say 2.
Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2017) | Trailer