January 17, 2009

Solo Review: Shiver (Eskalofrio) (2008)

Sub-Genre- Thriller
Cast Members of Note- A hot Spain chick named Blanca Suarez, and a bunch of other Spain people whom I don't know.

Santi is a teenager who is scared of the sun; has growing canine teeth; and mopes around town, keeping to the shadows. No, he isn't a Vampire... he's just an Emo kid! Since everyone in Spain hates Emo kids, it isn't long before the kids at Santi's night school try to gay-bash him, prompting his Mom to move them out to the country.

The sexy, sexy country.
With nothing to do in his new village, Santi starts to spend long afternoons with Uncle Jacinto: playing tickle-tag, having spit fights, taking long walks through the fields, playing "find the salty churro"... but soon enough he finds out that Uncle Jacinto isn't his Uncle at all, but a local homeless man that comes out of the forest and likes to give him hugs. Wet, lingering hugs. Totally creeped out by this, he decides to go back to school instead.

No more hugs, Uncle Jacinto!
When both sheep and people start dying all around town, Santi becomes the chief suspect, mainly because he's a weirdo. Along with a Hottie named Angela, and some other weird kid named Tito, Santi sets out to investigate the odd happenings in the local woods, and clear his Emo name. Who is the real killer? Is it a monster? Is there a deep, dark secret that the small village is trying to protect? Is it Uncle Jacinto gone berserk? I won't spoil the ending here, because that's what mean people do, but suffice it to say that the very last scene of this movie left me shaking my head.

Shiver started off great, if a bit misleading; about 10 minutes in and I'm thinking "hey, this is gonna be a cool little Vampire flick." Nope. It did turn into something cool though, and it had a few scenes of genuine creepiness to keep me interested along the way. I loved the look of this film, and its settings which were gorgeous and desolate all in the same breath. I really just loved the atmosphere and feel of the whole thing.

Blanca Suarez, who played Angela, is totally adorable. She makes me love Spain even more than I already do, and I hope to see her in more genre work in the future.

On a fun side-note, this movie has one of the neatest opening credits sequences I've seen, which nicely complements the look of the rest of the film.  

El yummy.
They totally set us up for a vampire story, and then switched gears and did something completely different. Why include the sunlight allergy and growing canine teeth if you aren't telling a Vampire story? Tease!

Why, he's no vampire at all!
What in the hell was with the last shot in the movie? I get what they were going for, but for some reason it just seemed out of place and it really didn't belong with the rest of what I had just watched.

And what in the hell is going on in this picture?!?
Ripped throats, stabbings, deadly forest traps, and gutted sheep! This one has a fair amount of the red stuff... although it seemed to be played down a bit to me.

No naked senoritas. Lo siento.

She has to show them by Law... my Law!

"Hola!" or "Me gusta jugar el futbol." What do you want from me, I only took one year of Spanish...

Spanish Grammar Dog is not amused.
Country folk sure do love their rape. Also, they like murder.

You know we're right, Blanca.
Eskalofrio wasn't anything mind blowing, but I did find it pretty enjoyable. Interesting plot and premise (although I would have liked to have seen them keep going with the Vampire set up that they started with), there were moments of genuine creepiness, and some good gore...
Give it a rent if you can find a copy, or buy it if you can find it on the cheap.


Shiver (Eskalofrio) is available now on DVD.


Spain produces some mighty pretty ladies... like Blanca Suarez! *Click the link below for more of Blanca.



  1. I completely agree with the last scene comment. Totally out of place. And the white eyes? what's up with that? Luckily the chick with almost no part looked good.

    However, I don't agree with the grade. If you gave A+ to Let the Right One In, you have to give this more than a C. I even rated it higher.

  2. Thanks for good stuff

  3. Just thought I would comment and say great theme, did you code it for yourself? Really looks excellent!.