by Fede Alvarez – USA, 2013
('91, Digital, Original version with Italian subtitles)
Mia, a young woman whose life has been marred by loss and addiction, asks her brother David, his girlfriend and their childhood friends to join her at the family’s rustic cabin to help her overcome her demons. Once there, she ceremoniously destroys the last of her stash and swears off drugs for good in front of her friends. Inside, they are shocked to discover that the abandoned cabin has been broken into. The cellar has been transformed into a grotesque altar surrounded by dozens of mummified animals. Eric becomes fascinated with an ancient book he discovers there. In thrall to its mysterious contents, he reads aloud from it, never suspecting the terrifying consequences he is about to unleash.
Born in Montevideo in 1978. After graduating from communications school, Fede started a successful career as an advertising director specializing in visual effects. At 29, he founded his own production and post-production company and produced and directed the YouTube short Panic Attack! about an alien invasion in his home city. The sci-fi short led to being signed by CAA and a deal at Mandate Pictures to direct a feature film with Sam Raimi producing. In early 2010 he was featured in the “100 most creative people in business” alongside James Cameron and Spike Jonze.