Worth a watch

I just saw A Mata Negra (The Black Forest) by Brazilian director Rodrigo Aragão, which IMDB describes as follows:

In this mystical horror tale, a young woman uncovers the Lost Book of Cipriano, an ancient tome with power for both wealth… and pure evil.

The first hour or so was beautiful and creepy and genuinely suspenseful. It reminded me of the magical realism of Luis Buñuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Álex de la Iglesia and Guillermo del Toro, with every frame a work of art. Then it kind of goes off the rails with the main character’s increasingly poor choices making it difficult to root for her. But it never becomes unwatchable, especially after the naked chicken demon is introduced. The film also teaches a very valuable lesson about commitment and not half-assing it.

Here’s the trailer:

4 thoughts on “Worth a watch

  1. The girl was an idiot. I spent most of the movie wanting to slap her. It’s a perfect fable about why the stupid should avoid the occult. LOl. It was very atmospheric though and I loved the chicken demon. :)

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    1. I couldn’t agree more about stupid people practicing the occult. I am still upset with that guy I met in Washington that caused me so much trouble because he just couldn’t get it through his thick skull that he was consistently putting everyone in danger.


  2. There seems to be a trend of supernatural horror lately (The Witch, Midsomner, and The Black Forest)


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