El Pico

El Pico

Directed by Eloy de la Iglesia

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Paco is the son of a conservative law enforcement officer. His best friend is Urko, whose father is a progressive socialist politician. Both young men are heroin addicts. EL PICO is the intricately woven story of Paco and Urko trekking ever deeper into the seedy world of the illicit drug trade in early-‘80s Spain. It chronicles a period of upheaval in the lives of these unlikely friends, as their addiction leads them to escalating criminal activity, kicking off a chain reaction of bloodshed and tragedy. EL PICO shines an unforgiving light into the dark corners of the drug underworld and explores the complexities of family lives that straddle the line between both sides of the law.

EL PICO is the intricately woven story of Paco and Urko trekking ever deeper into the seedy underworld of the illicit drug trade in early-‘80s Spain.

Cast: José Luis Manzano, José Manuel Cervino, Luis Iriondo, Enrique San Francisco, Andrea Albani

Member Reviews

This was an excellent film, and a subversive one for its time and place.

Laughcadio
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3 weeks ago

WOW!! i probably would of never heard of Eloy de la Iglesia if not for Shudder, thanks!! I think having a group of his films during June (pride month) is appropriate! I can only imagine how hard it must have been to be open about his sexuality and to have such a raw and far too closer to reality view into addiction, crime, sexuality, and incarceration! than one might think!! I've been a part of all those worlds minus the Spanish aspect. It always bothered me when they portrayed shooting up or smoking dope in a incorrect way! wow not here those are real needles and going into peoples arms and real blood flagging back some times the shot is so far zoomed in that they might be using another persons arm for close ups but i have seen when the needle is obviously hanging out ofthe boys arm! i wouold love to hear about what was used in those scenes? was it just water? was there a stand in arm? lol!!! so props for this raw realistic film that is sensual and tragic! Live Fast and Die Fast Too! seems to be Eloy's mantra for making films!!! FOUR STARS!! JOE BOB SAYS, CHECK IT OUT!!

Micah_Darko
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3 weeks ago

A compassionate and tragic tale of addiction with a great soundtrack which captures the time period perfectly.

Hellbishop
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3 weeks ago

It was ok - but not a horror movie.

MovieLover6
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3 weeks ago

I thought it was decent; a fairly accurate portrayal of addiction, which is a horror in itself and dealt with in many ways. One way is presented here. Not all horror needs stories need to have monsters--while I love more traditional horror, an allegorical creature isn't always the best way... Four skulls, except for the soundtrack, which was god-awful.

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4 weeks ago