LAST MATINEE, THE
[AL MORIR LA MATINÉE]
Slasher fans rejoice — Uruguayan filmmaker Maximiliano Contenti (MUÑECO VIVIENTE V) is here to bring you the giallo-inspired, Dario Argento-tinged, 1970s-stained, grindhouse-splattered Uruguayan horror film you didn't know you needed! It's a dark, rainy day in '90s Montevideo, the perfect time to catch a late-night screening at the Cine Opera movie palace — or so a small group of disparate movie-goers thinks. Projectionist Ana (Luciana Grasso) is covering her father's usual shift, while studying for her upcoming engineering exams, expecting a quiet night with few disturbances. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, as the film rolls, a maniac with a knife and a very peculiar appetite for pickled eyeballs is on the loose inside the theater, undetected — until he starts picking off patrons, one by one. With a hilariously twisted performance from Uruguayan horror pioneer Ricardo Islas (whose 2011 movie FRANKENSTEIN: DAY OF THE BEAST plays on screen as the film-within-the-film), THE LAST MATINEE will gross you out, make you laugh and make you think twice about your next midnight movie outing. Official Selection, 2020 Mar del Plata and Sitges film festivals, 2021 Cine Las Americas and Cleveland film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Maximiliano Contenti; SCR Manuel Facal; PROD Alina Kaplan, Lucía Gaviglio Salkind. Uruguay/Argentina, 2020, color, 88 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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