Shrew's Nest

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Shrew's Nest
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJuan Fernando Andrés
Esteban Roel
Produced byÁlex de la Iglesia
Written byJuan Fernando Andrés
Sofía Cuenca
StarringMacarena Gómez
Nadia de Santiago
Hugo Silva
Luis Tosar
Nadie es Perfecto
Pokeepsie Films
Release date
  • December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25)

Shrew's Nest (Spanish: Musarañas, "Shrews", renamed "Sangre de mi sangre" ("Blood of my blood") in Mexico,[1] and "La habitación del mal" ("The evil room") in Colombia,[2] is a Spanish 2014 thriller/horror film directed by Juan Fernando Andrés and Esteban Roel, and starring Macarena Gómez, Nadia de Santiago, Hugo Silva and Luis Tosar. It was nominated for three awards at the 29th Goya Awards ceremony.


The film is set in the 1950s. Montse (Macarena Gómez) has lost her youth taking care of younger sister Nia (Nadia de Santiago), both locked in a dark apartment in the center of Madrid, their mother died during Nia's birth and their father (Luis Tosar) ran away, unable to handle the situation. And so, forced to act as father, mother and older sister, Montse hides from reality, feeding an obsessive, unhinged temperament, she suffers from agoraphobia and her only link to reality is Nia. That link breaks when Carlos (Hugo Silva), a neighbor of them, falls down the stairs and looks for help knocking on the only door he can drag himself towards. Someone has entered the shrew's nest, and might not come out again. In the end we learn that Montse is actually Nia's mother and older sister, for her father raped her after the mother died. After having Nia and raising her as a little sister, she kills her father when he starts to show sexual interest in 5-year-old Nia, and hides his body in the blocked fireplace; this is all learnt by the latter in the final moments of the film, the last scene depicting Nia choosing to hide, forever, in the "shrew's nest".

Critical reception[edit]

Shrew's Nest has received generally positive reviews. Jordi Costa wrote for El País, "one could criticize Shrew's Nest for some underlinings and missteps, but it is an energic debut film, capable of modulating with a good pulse the escalade towards its final excesses."[3] Jonathan Holland of The Hollywood Reporter, while dismissing Hugo Silva's performance as "literally and metaphorically flat", claims that the film is an "enjoyable if unsubtle historical horror featuring a deliciously over-the-top central performance by Macarena Gómez."[4]

On the negative side, Daniel Lobato wrote for eCartelera: "Explaining the reasons that make a failed proposal out of Shrew's Nest would require entering spoiler territory (...), so I will just say that the concord of credibility between viewer and author (...) breaks irreparably as soon as danger raises its head", and also criticizes Silva's performance, claiming that he "should at least have seen The Sea Inside before laying in bed."[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Nominated Result
29th Goya Awards[6] Best Actress Macarena Gómez Nominated
Best New Director Juanfer Andrés & Esteban Roel Nominated
Best Makeup and Hairstyles José Quetglas & Carmen Veinat Won
Fantasy Filmfest 2015[7] Fresh Blood Award


  1. ^ ""Sangre de mi sangre" aka "Musarañas" se estrena el próximo 6 de marzo". Mórbido Fest (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Entrevista a los directores de Musarañas (La Habitación del Mal) – Juan Fernando Andrés y Esteban Roel". CineVista Blog (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. ^ Costa, Jordi (24 December 2014). "Temblar en tiempos revueltos". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ Holland, Jonathan (4 September 2014). "'Shrew's Nest' ('Musaranas'): Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  5. ^ Lobato, Daniel (24 December 2014). "'Musarañas': Quiero y no puedo". eCartelera (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  6. ^ del Caz, Ángela (7 January 2015). "Lista de nominados a los Premios Goya 2015". eCartelera (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  7. ^ Hanno11 (20 September 2015). "Fantasy Filmfest Fresh Blood Awards". Fantasy Filmfest (in German). Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.