Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
A man finds himself stuck in a terrifying time loop after witnessing a murder in director Nacho Vigalondo's (V/H/S VIRAL) critically-acclaimed trip to the Twilight Zone. Hiking up to investigate a nude woman in the woods, Hector is attacked by a sinister figure. Terrified, he takes refuge in a nearby laboratory, where a lone attendant puts him in a peculiar contraption. He emerges what seems to be moments later, only to find that he has traveled back hours in time, setting in motion a brain-twisting, horrifying chain of events when he runs into himself. (In Spanish with English Subtitles)
A man finds himself stuck in a terrifying time loop after witnessing a murder.
Cast: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Nacho Vigalondo
A really cool time travel/alternate dimension horror film.
I fell in love with this Spanish indie scifi/horror flick. It's stripped-down and focused, but not at the expense of a layered and evolving plot. It's well-explained with good dialogue, but not to the detriment of the audience's intelligence. This film also does a really good job, better than most I've seen, of playing with some really dark concepts and forcing you to reexamine what you think of the main character. Timecrimes is a great example of the type of horror movie I'm always on the hunt for: small-scale without being super obvious about it, solid acting, and a neat concept that doesn't just "stay" a neat concept. So many indie horrors I watch (and I've been trying to watch a lot lately) have a really cool idea and then just... don't do anything with it. This movie does stuff and managed to stay one step ahead of me most of the time, and that also deserves extra props. Really solid camerawork too, almost hypnotic sometimes. My only complaints mostly stem from "first film" issues from writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (there's no escaping how cheap it feels sometimes, and not all the acting is stellar), but there's no question he's on my radar now and I'm looking forward to tackling the rest of his filmography soon.
Easily a top ten time travel movie. For my money, I think better than Primer.
Easily the best time-travel movie to date. Also, the narrative structure is really good, the last sequence, in particular, being very cool to watch as all the pieces alluded to earlier in the movie fall into place.
Superior low budget science-fiction thriller from a very talented director. Not scary but very hypnotic, tense and shot beautifully. Although the theme of a time loop is nothing new and that some questions were left without answers, this is an excellent unpretentious effort for a first film.