The Nun (2005 film)
The Nun is an English-language 2005 Spanish horror film directed by Luis De La Madrid. An insane nun terrorizes her students. One of the girls named Mary is discovered to have been impregnated by an important official at the school; the malicious nun, Sister Ursula, discovers her secret and tries to force an abortion on her with a bathroom appliance. Mary's friends hear her screaming and attack the Nun, forcing her to release Mary and causing her to bump her head and fall into a bathtub filled with water; the girls leave Sister Ursula in a pond blessed by priests. They swear an oath of secrecy, the Spanish Authorities of Barcelona report the Sister missing. Eighteen years the pond is drained; the vengeful soul of the nun is freed from her watery prison, leaves to wreak havoc on the girls who were her mortal downfall. A young girl, goes to the boarding school, after her mother, Mary, is murdered, to find out what is going on. There, she meets the other survivors, together with her friends, they defend themselves from Ursula's spirit whilst trying to figure out how to banish the nun once and for all.
Eve had arrived home to see an apparition slitting her mother's throat. She joins with an old friend of her mother's for an investigation. After Joanna's death in London, along with all the other girls involved in the Ursula incident, suspect that it has something to do with the murder they had committed years earlier. Christy is killed in an elevator before she can. Eve finds an old love letter addressed to her mother by someone named Miguel, she decides to warn them before it is too late. She goes to a Special Theological Institute to find the archives of the old boarding school, shut down, she decides to try to find out what had happened. She meets and falls in love with Gabriel, a young Spanish man, studying to be a priest, she employs him to translate all of the archival documents for her. He returns with the address of one of Eulalia, but it is too late. Eve has seen the killer to be Ursula but Mary's friends explain that this is impossible because they had taken her life years before. Eve finds a Bible in Ursula's old room, dedicated to Ursula by a priest named Father Miguel.
In a romantic moment and the young priest kiss. The spirit of the dead nun appears and passes right though Eve and she receives a vision of her mother in the past, speaking on the phone to a man named Miguel; the priest reveals his discovery: each of the women who are now dying share their names with Catholic saints. As these saints died, so are the women dying. One of the two remaining women starts to blame Eve for the trouble they are in, as she is "the sin" that Sister Ursula was trying to purge in the first place; the Nun kills her by decapitation. The last survivor tells Eve. Gabriel supposes that the Nun could only die in the water and that she can only be killed as her own namesake, St. Ursula, had died: by an arrow through the heart, they place it in a gun to fire it into the Nun's heart. They do not manage to lay Ursula to rest in time to save the last survivor, burned to death in an oven. Gabriel is killed, hurled into a wall by a bursting water main. Eve waits underwater with the gun in hand.
Joel tells Julia that his theory is that he believes that Eve must have always been mentally deranged. He supposes that her mother and mother's friends had murdered the nun and Eve developed a split personality, taking on the role of the nun, thus carried out these murders in her name, they see Eve killed by her own spear. Anita Briem - Eve Alexia Iborra - Young Eve Belén Blanco - Julia Manu Fullola - Gabriel Alistair Freeland - Joel Paulina Gálvez - Zoe Natalia Dicenta - Susan Oriana Bonet - Eulalia Teté Delgado - Christy Lola Marceli - Mary Cristina Piaget - Ursula Montse Pla - Joana Alessandra Streignard - Bibí Ludovic Tattevin - Botones Official website The Nun at AllMovie The Nun on IMDb
Paco Plaza is a Spanish film director best known for writing and directing REC and REC 2 with Jaume Balagueró. He went on to direct the REC parallel sequel REC 3: Genesis by himself while Jaume Balagueró directed the follow-up, REC 4: Apocalypse. Plaza has a degree in Information Sciences from the University of Valencia and a diploma in Film Direction from the School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid, he speaks Spanish and French. Although he is best known as a director, he is a screenwriter, producer and was a costume designer on one occasion for Tropismos, his first short film and with which he made his debut as a director. Paco is known in Spanish cinema for the creation of the trilogy REC. A year after the release of the first film, American director John Erick Dowdle made an adaptation of the Paco Plaza film, under the name of Quarantine; the trilogy REC has accumulated a total of 17 nominations in numerous film festivals. Paco Plaza on IMDb
Romasanta known as Romasanta, la caza de la bestia, is a 2004 Spanish-Italian-British horror film directed by Paco Plaza and starring Julian Sands, Elsa Pataky and John Sharian. It is available on DVD from Lion's Gate Entertainment under the title Werewolf Hunt. Based on a script by Alfredo Conde, according to the end credits the film is based on a true story, that of Manuel Blanco Romasanta, Spain’s first documented serial killer. Conde is a descendant of one of the doctors involved the original Werewolf of Allariz court case that took place in 1853/54 in Galicia, Spain, he went on to write The Uncertain Memoirs of a Galician Wolfman: Romasanta. The same case provided the basis for the 1968 Spanish film El bosque del lobo; the story takes place in 1851 in a small Spanish village plagued by what we would now call a serial killer, as corpses are discovered bearing both savage mutilation and precise surgical incisions. Clues point toward Manuel Romasanta, who confesses to the crimes, but claims that he is a victim of lycanthropy.
A scientist, Professor Philips, argues that Romasanta suffers not from a supernatural curse but from a mental disorder. Julian Sands as Manuel Ramasanta Elsa Pataky as Barbara John Sharian as Antonio David Gant as Professor Philips Gary Piquer as District Attorney Luciano de la Bastida Maru Valdivielso as Maria Luna McGill as Teresa Carlos Reig-Plaza as Gomez Ivana Baquero as Ana In Variety, critic Jonathan Holland wrote: "Spinning something cinematically new out of lycanthropy is always a challenge, but director Paco Plaza intermittently achieves it with his sophomore feature. Offbeat pic is cleverly ambiguous. Sands' wolfish visage provides an appropriately sexy combination of attraction and threat, script is clever enough to coax out some sympathy for him during the final 20 minutes; as Barbara, Pataky turns in a career-best perf." Romasanta was nominated for a number of Spanish awards, including two Goya Awards and two Barcelona Film Awards. Romasanta on IMDb
Filmax International is a Catalan motion picture production company and film distributor based in Barcelona, one of the Spain's most important integrated film and television groups. It produced the REC horror series, owns the Nirvana Films and New World Films International distributors and the Fantastic Factory label, dedicated to create fantasy films in the horror, science fiction and action genres. At different times Filmax has entered into distribution agreements with Paramount, Lauren Films, Summit, Fintage House, Nulmage and Freeway; the company originated in 1951 created by Alfredo Talarewitz, in 1953 started working as a film distributor of Hollywood movies. From 1955 onwards it collaborated with Spanish producer "Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas"; the Filmax trademark was acquired in 1987 by Julio Fernández. Official website
Rottweiler is a 2004 science fiction horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and starring William Miller, Paulina Gálvez, Paul Naschy and Ivana Baquero. In the near future, a prisoner named Dante escapes from jail after having been arrested for illegally entering Spain. Forced to kill a prison guard, he is hunted down by the prison's dog, a monstrous Rottweiler police dog that sadistic prison warden Kufard had revived and cybernetically enhanced after a fatal injury. Believing his Spanish girlfriend Ula was sent to work as a prostitute in Puerto Angel as punishment, Dante looks for her, but is exhausted by the chase and wounded by the Rottweiler; as a result, he starts having hallucinations and being haunted by the repressed memories of his and Ula's arrest. While on the run, Dante comes across a small farm owned by a young woman named Alyah who trains a shotgun on him while being accompainied by a little girl. Holding Dante up at gunpoint. There, she asks for his identity. Alyah ushers him into her bedroom where she asks if he escaped from the prison to which Dante confirms.
When she further asks why is he in Kufgard's prison, Dante explains that he was on a boat from Rabat but had no papers that would have allowed him to travel from it legally. She pulls down his trousers Dante tells her that he's not going to hurt her, that he never hurt anybody and that he just needs help while Alyah pulls a knife out of the drawer after setting the shotgun down. Alyah cleans a wound on the back of Dante's leg. Now held at knifepoint, Dante goes on to explain that he has to get to Puerto Angel as he needs to find someone. Alyah tells Dante that when her husband comes home it will be bad for him but that she can help him and that she knows someone who can take care of him. Alyah removes her headscarf and unfastens her dress, she says to him. Alyan pulls off her dress explaining to Dante that if you're pretty people hide you forever from your work, she climbs on top of him while telling him that you belong to everyone who can pay and that it changes you as you might like it. Alyah kisses Dante and they start to make love.
When Dante protests saying that he needs her to help him she says that she does not like men and could kill him no problem. She further explains that in Puerto Angel she "was a puta" under the employ of Kufgard and that she was stoned most of the time, what led her to dislike men. Alyah says that her daughter, the little girl, with her, came into her life and she named her Esperanza as she is her hope. Esperanza, having seen the Rottweiler, is told to get out; as Alyah continues to make love to Dante she tells him that one of her regular clients, was a priest who had a weakness for her. After sleeping together they never touched each other again and so instead they prayed. While this has been going on Eperanza has seen the Rottweiler kill the farm's dogs, she goes to tell Alyah again but her warnings are once again dismissed. Alyah informs Dante that she always stays on the farm for Esperanza so she will have a place to stay and won't be like her. Esperanza locks the door to keep the Rottweiler from entering calls for Alyah.
Alyah runs into blasts the Rottweiler with shotgun. However this fails to kill it and it manages to destroy the shotgun when Dante tries to shoot it; the Rottweiler chases the trio through the house and despite Dante's efforts to distract the dog it chases down and kills Alyah when she locks Esperanza in a food storage cellar in the yard. Dantre takes the terrified girl out of the cellar but the Rottweiler comes after them; however Dante manages to trap it in the cellar but the dog manages to escape. The two sneak aboard the semi trailer of a truck but the dog pursues them landing on top of it; the noise attracts the attention of one of the drivers and she is killed when she goes to inspect it. Realizing the danger Esperanza is in as long as he is with her Dantre flees the semi trailer with the Rottweiler in tow and the scared but safe Esperanza is found by the other driver; as he reaches Puerto Angel and can't find her at the brothel, he remembers that Ula got killed when Kufard let his dog loose on her, which led Dante to beat the dog to near death with a pipe, turned into a cyborg.
Dante kills Kufard as the Rottweiler catches up with him, they fight to the death among the burning remains of Kufard's helicopter. The morning after, firemen find the skeletons of Dante and the Rottweiler on the beach. William Miller - Dante Irene Montalà - Ula Paulina Gálvez - Alyah Cornell John - Dongoro Lluís Homar - Guard Borg Paul Naschy - Warden Kufard Ivana Baquero - Esperanza Allmovie called the film "a killer cyborg dog flick that's filled with more sleeping pills than chilling thrills" and "an obvious misstep for Yunza, whose past successes are fastly fading in time. Do yourself a favor and leave this dog bone of a mess alone – you'll be happy that you did." Rottweiler on IMDb
Faust: Love of the Damned
Faust: Love of the Damned is a 2000 English-language Spanish superhero horror film, directed by Brian Yuzna. It is adapted from a screenplay by David Quinn and Miguel Tejada-Flores based on the comic book of the same name by Tim Vigil and David Quinn, it was produced by Ted Chalmers, Carlos and Antonio Fernández, Bea Morillas, Miguel Torrente and Brian Yuzna. It premiered at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival on 12 October 2000; the film, the first of nine to be produced by Filmax's Fantastic Factory label, won the award for Best Special Effects at the 2000 Catalan International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain. An artist, John Jaspers, sells his soul to the mysterious M in order to avenge the death of his girlfriend, Blue, at the hands of a gangster. However, the deal has an unexpected price, he is periodically transformed into a horned demon with a passion for killing and becomes M's assassin. After meeting psychologist Jade De Camp, he rediscovers love and turns against M and his psychotic lover, Claire.
He discovers that M plans to release a giant monster called the Homunculus, thereby opening the gates of Hell, sets out to stop him. Mark Frost as Jonathan "John" Jaspers / Faust Isabel Brook as Jade de Camp Jennifer Rope as Blue Jeffrey Combs as Lt. Dan Margolies Andrew Divoff as M Mónica Van Campen as Claire The film's soundtrack was released through Roadrunner Records and featured songs by groove metal, nu metal and industrial metal artists. Machine Head's "Take My Scars" was used as the film's theme song. A second edition with more tracks appeared in the same year featuring "Sex And Violence" by Carnivore and "Chopped In Half" by Obituary. Faust: Love of the Damned premiered at Sitges Film Festival on 12 October 2000, it was released theatrically in late October 2000. Trimark released it on DVD in 2001, Mosaic released a DVD in the UK in January 2002. Arrow Video re-released the DVD on 18 April 2011. AllMovie's review of the film was mixed, writing, "Check your brain at the door and eat up this grisly eye candy."
Jonathan Holland of Variety described it as "entertaining in a voyeuristic way but as corny and excessive as they come." Gareth Jones of Dread Central rated it 2/5 stars and called it "utter, utter trash", a guilty pleasure. Bloody Disgusting rated it 4/5 stars and wrote that it was much better than expected, though cheesy and corny in spots. Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict called it "low budget horror slop with lots of T&A" of interest to Yuzna fans. Faust: Love of the Damned on IMDb
Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of, 512 metres high. Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia.
Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and many international sport tournaments. Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, trade fair and cultural centres, its influence in commerce, entertainment, fashion and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities, it is a major cultural and economic centre in southwestern Europe, 24th in the world and a financial centre. In 2008 it was the fourth most economically powerful city by GDP in the European Union and 35th in the world with GDP amounting to €177 billion. In 2012 Barcelona had a GDP of $170 billion. In 2009 the city was ranked one of the world's most successful as a city brand.
In the same year the city was ranked Europe's fourth best city for business and fastest improving European city, with growth improved by 17% per year, the city has been experiencing strong and renewed growth for the past three years. Since 2011 Barcelona has been a leading smart city in Europe. Barcelona is a transport hub, with the Port of Barcelona being one of Europe's principal seaports and busiest European passenger port, an international airport, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, which handles over 50 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network, a high-speed rail line with a link to France and the rest of Europe; the name Barcelona comes from the ancient Iberian Barkeno, attested in an ancient coin inscription found on the right side of the coin in Iberian script as, in ancient Greek sources as Βαρκινών, Barkinṓn. Some older sources suggest that the city may have been named after the Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca, supposed to have founded the city in the 3rd century BC, but there is no evidence that Barcelona was a Carthaginian settlement, or that its name in antiquity, had any connection with the Barcid family of Hamilcar.
During the Middle Ages, the city was variously known as Barchinona, Barçalona and Barchenona. Internationally, Barcelona's name is wrongly abbreviated to'Barça'. However, this name refers only to the football club; the common abbreviated form used by locals is Barna. Another common abbreviation is'BCN', the IATA airport code of the Barcelona-El Prat Airport; the city is referred to as the Ciutat Comtal in Catalan, Ciudad Condal in Spanish, owing to its past as the seat of the Count of Barcelona. The origin of the earliest settlement at the site of present-day Barcelona is unclear; the ruins of an early settlement have been found, including different tombs and dwellings dating to earlier than 5000 BC. The founding of Barcelona is the subject of two different legends; the first attributes the founding of the city to the mythological Hercules. The second legend attributes the foundation of the city directly to the historical Carthaginian general, Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal, who named the city Barcino after his family in the 3rd century BC, but there is no historical or linguistic evidence that this is true.
In about 15 BC, the Romans redrew the town as a castrum centred on the "Mons Taber", a little hill near the contemporary city hall. Under the Romans, it was a colony with the surname of Faventia, or, in full, Colonia Faventia Julia Augusta Pia Barcino or Colonia Julia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino. Pomponius Mela mentions it among the small towns of the district as it was eclipsed by its neighbour Tarraco, but it may be gathered from writers that it grew in wealth and consequence, favoured as it was with a beautiful situation and an excellent harbour, it enjoyed immunity from imperial burdens. The city minted its own coins. Important Roman vestiges are displayed in Plaça del Rei underground, as a part of the Barcelona City History Museum; some remaining fragments of the Roman walls have been incorporated into the cathedral. The cathedral known as the Basilica La Seu, is said to have been founded in 343; the city