Written By: Mario Perez Gonzalez
Directed By: Sam Reyes
Starring: Sarah Nichols, Maria Jose Cisneros, Carlos Hugo Hoeflich, Sol Perez Pelayo, Roberto Quijano, Vera Wilson, Andrea Baeza
Runtime: 77 minutes
Synopsis: Luis is having financial troubles. With the recent death of his mother, he inherits her home in another city and makes a tough decision to move his family to the new place. There they discover a hidden doll and accidentally alter the peace of a ghost that resides there. Luis's wife Andrea doesn't believe in ghosts but, the echoes of the house could change her mind.
I recently had the opportunity to view the Spanish horror film El Eco Del Miedo, (The Echos of Fear). After reading the information provided to us, I was excited to check it out. I enjoyed the few Mexican movies I have seen so I went into this one with high hopes, and I wasn't let down.
The opening to the movie is remarkable. Shots of beautiful locations lure you into the film immediately. The house chosen for the main setting is so visually stunning it makes you want to explore it yourself, wandering endlessly throughout its beauty. It adds to the feel of the movie as if its a living, breathing entity itself. It's so dark and mysterious, though to see the state of decay it's in is rather depressing as it's such an amazing place. My respect to the director and crew for scouting this location as this reason alone makes it worth viewing. However, the film has other aspects going for it which, when added to this, results in a well rounded film.
Another thing I liked about the movie is the score, done by Saverio Rapezzi. It pairs well with the setting as it too is dark, ominous, and foreboding. The music dials up the already intense feeling cast over us by the run down house. This adds to the overall production value, bringing the creepy set to life and keeps the relationship between actor and location cohesive.
Sarah Nichols was cast for the lead role of Andrea, and rightfully so. Her character is thrown into situations where some actors would force the performance, causing the role's credibility to suffer. Not in this case, though. I found her relationship with the other characters entirely believable and not at all overdone. She had to carry most of the movie on her shoulders alone so it relied not only on her dialogue, but her mannerisms as well. Her facial expressions convey genuine emotion and are definitely plausible. Some independent films suffer from sub par performances specifically in smaller roles. Robert Quijano, though his role as Luis is off screen and mostly over the telephone, turns this small part into a powerful one, being a crutch for our lead when she needs it most.
This is nothing new or groundbreaking to the genre, and it may even feel familiar to some when the twist is finally revealed. There were a couple parts where I wondered "why?" but, these cons are outweighed by the aforementioned qualities.
Overall, El Eco Del Miedo is visually captivating and chilling. The house is haunting and will resonate with you. I recommend it to fans of old fashioned supernatural/haunted house movies who like more depth than the average horror movie.
El Eco Del Miedo, available on Vimeo: