The Horror Honeys: A Sisterhood of Blood...

A Sisterhood of Blood...

This poster is a spoiler. But it's a fucking
beautiful spoiler.
A Revenge Honey Fawning Review by Linnie

Shrew's Nest (2014)

Since the end of last year, indie horror films It Follows and Spring have kind of dominated the cultural conversation. While I get it, after finally having the privilege of seeing Juanfer Andrés and Esteben Roel's Shrew's Nest, I am baffled as to why EVERYONE isn't talking about this movie. Because Shrew's Nest is everything.

And it is now officially tied with The Ladies of the House as my current favorite film of 2015...

The Story: Montse (Macarena Gómez) is a seamstress suffering from severe agoraphobia. Her one constant link to the real world (besides her fanatical commitment to religion) is her beloved sister (Nadia de Santiago), who has just turned eighteen and is looking for an escape. But then, one fateful day, a handsome man from the apartment upstairs falls (Hugo Silva) and breaks his leg outside Montse and her sister's front door. Compelled by Christian charity, Montse drags him inside and tends to his injuries. But can her fragile psyche handle the intrusion? And how will her sister react to this strange man now being sheltered in their home?

So... much... hummina.
Produced by Alex de la Iglesia (Witching & Bitching, The Last Circus), everything about Shrew's Nest is absolutely gorgeous. Set in the 50s in Spain, every element, from the clothing to the austere religious decorations of Montse and her sister's home, is sheer perfection. In the moments of quiet, and there are a few, your eyes are never left without a focal point. Be it set design, or the entirely dressed-down beauty of Gómez and de Santiago, Shrew's Nest is a full of terrifying beauty. Never have neutral colors and the shunning of vanity been so spectacular to behold.

All of the simplicity is what makes the brutality of Shrew's Nest's violent moments THAT much more effective, and friends... it is a violent and bloody film. Andrés and Roel lull you into a false sense of security with a looming undercurrent of tension that only hints at Montse's horrible past and capacity for blood lust. But you can't even begin to prepare yourself for what comes. In order to avoid giving too much away, because I am practically demanding that you see this film when it becomes available, I am going to stop here. But trust me when I say, big budget horror has nothing on the blood and gore awaiting you in the Shrew's Nest.

What I love most about Alex de la Iglesia's films is that he carries his cast with him, and this guarantees that you will always get stunning performances from brilliant actors. Gómez, Silva, Bang... they embody drastically different roles in every film but they are always wonderful, and that is especially true in Shrew's Nest. Gómez is pious and unhinged, Silva is duplicitous and frightened, and Bang is anything but her typical spitfire. If you are already a fan of de la Iglesia, you will appreciate all of the little touches. However, even those with a blank slate will be rewarded with a genius piece of horror cinema.

Shrew's Nest is everything I crave as a Horror Honey: lovely, stunningly shot, emotional, loaded with strong female characters giving exceptional performances, in a film that I could watch over and over again. You may never be able to leave the shrew's nest once you enter...

But I'm not sure I'd want to.

Revenge Honey Rating: 5 severed Carolina Bang heads out of 5

No word yet on a North American release for Shrew's Nest, but hopefully
we'll learn more once it finishes its festival run!

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