Tigers Are Not Afraid
Directed by Issa López
A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes, running from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents. Filmmaker Issa López creates a world that recalls the early films of Guillermo del Toro, imbued with her own gritty urban spin on magical realism to conjure a wholly unique experience that audiences will not soon forget. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
A group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes run from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents
Cast: Paola Lara, Hanssel Casillas, Rodrigo Cortes, Ianis Guerrero, Tenoch Huerta
This isn't an in-your-face horror flick with gore, chase scenes, and jump scares, so please leave those expectations at the door. A brutal drug cartel is the film's main antagonist, but writer/director Issa López forgoes scenes of bloody violence and instead focuses on the orphaned children who suddenly find themselves direct targets (all of whom were first-time actors and did a lot of improv, according to IMDB's trivia section). Mundane moments of playing games and quiet moments of sorrow bring us closer to the kids as we dread what fate awaits them. With the supernatural elements, we hear whispers and are shown shadowy figures and hands reaching out of the darkness – no wide-mouthed ghouls with contorted body movements accompanied by loud screeches alerting us to their presence. The fantastical elements appear only when necessary and are not overdone with CGI'd creatures and realms. Writer/director López understands the power that exists in subtlety and restraint.
Exceptional movie. Very well written and beautifully filmed.
I choked up at the ending. Might be the first time ever watching a horror film that made me cry. Issa López is brilliant and talented. I look forward to seeing more of her work ❤️
i mean it’s cute
No words would do this film justice, so I’m just going to give it 5 💀💀💀💀💀s.