X: In the vein of other psychological Spanish thrillers like OPEN YOUR EYES and INTACTO, EQUIS explores what happens when a person can longer trust his own version of reality. Javier (a homicide detective) wakes up one morning in an unknown bed with no recollection of the previous evening. Brushing this off as the unfortunate outcome of a night filled with heavy drinking, he goes to work. But when the murder case he is assigned to leads him back to the same street and the same unfamiliar house, Javier knows something is very wrong. As he investigates a murder in which he is the only suspect, Javier develops a strange and intense relationship with the victim's family, as well as a woman who, while beautiful, cannot be trusted. In the end, it is up to Javier to unearth the truth before it buries him.
SCHOOL KILLER: This stylish Spanish horror film stars Paul Naschy, the legend of international horror who has played countless monsters and villains, garnering a reputation as the Spanish Lon Chaney. In the tradition of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, the story unfolds as a group of former students from the Monte Alto International High School return to pass a night in its now-shuttered confines; the proceedings are recorded by the tech-savvy Jordi (Zoe Berriatua), who wears a mini-cam in his hat. The school has been closed down since a brutal bloodbath perpetrated by an insane security guard years earlier. The group is a motley bunch, led by the confident and logical Ramon, whose motivations as the night progresses are cast in an ever more doubtful light. As the kids are picked off one by one, they encounter visions of the previous massacre, and the question presents itself: is the murderer human or not? Naschy's evil night watchman is played with characteristic aplomb, making this late-career performance a resounding testament to a lifetime spent perfecting villainy. The gut-wrenching suspense and well-executed gore make this chiller a truly terrifying experience.
EL NOMINADO: A dystopic view of the world of reality television, EL NOMINADO takes it to its logical extreme, speculating on just how far producers will go to garner ratings. TV exec Patricio (Francisco Reyes) is spearheading a new reality-TV show that is slated to air opposite a popular soccer match. A group 10 people of disparate backgrounds and dispositions are chosen and transported by helicopter to a remote bunker in the Andes Mountains, where their every action is monitored as they try to survive with little food and water, and only each other for entertainment. Home audiences choose one person each week to throw off the show, but when one contestant refuses to leave, all hell breaks loose--and ratings soar. As the contestant starts killing his opponents one by one, Patricio must decide between intervening in the violence, and satisfying the viewers' voyeuristic desire for it. Co-starring in this horrific satire are Christian de la Fuente (BASIC, HIDDEN HILLS), and Rene Lavan (CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS, AZUCAR, AMARGA).