31 Days of Horror 2018: Day 21- Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil

Posted October 21, 2018 by Thomas James Juretus in Movies

It’s Day 21 on our march of malevolent movie madness, and up today is the odd Portuguese film Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil. The film is the retelling of an old Basque fable of a blacksmith named Patxi (Kandido Uranga) who holds the demon Sartael (Eneko Sagardoy) hostage, only to try to help a young girl named Usue (Uma Bracaglia). Trouble is, a lynch mob is on its way from the local village, led by a government agent (Ortzi Acosta), wanting to force the blacksmith to tell about hidden gold from a war ten years prior. 6.5/10 stars

This is a rather odd movie overall. The English dub, while sparing us from reading subtitles, doesn’t do it many favors. The film alternates moving at a decent pace while in other scenes becomes a bit slow, but it always does somehow manage to hold your interest. There is some interesting cinematography, and the effects showing Hell work nicely. The special make-up effects are also done well, with the demons wearing their traditional look nicely. The characters are hard to sympathize with, even the girl Usue, who would be the most sympathetic among them. The story does interject some humor into its grim proceedings, and one can only wonder at some of the tale’s allegories to the current state of world affairs. If you’re looking for something different, this may be one to check out. Now showing on Netflix.

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