Antonio Poyju is a sorcerer who belongs to a powerful blood lineage. Antonio is being held in a asylum against his will. After an omen, Antonio understands of a great imminent danger. Her daughter Helena, heir to her blood, will be sacrificed by an evil entity. Helena lost her faith and disbelieves her father. Antonio must escape using his sorcerer power to rescue his daughter. For this, he must reconstruct the bond and make his daughter believe in him and in his own power.
Argentinian national Fabián Forte has released the trailer to his latest film, “Cosa e Mandinga,” which is currently in the tail-end of post-production (with a small speed bump being provided by the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic). The project will be released as “LEGIONS” outside of South and Central America. As of this writing, no release date has been announced by the distributor.
The film’s trailer is chock-full of supernatural overtones that include cross references to VooDoo-like practices and other occult phenomena that are meant to inflict a severe toll on their enemies and detractors, including spontaneously combusting into human torches and burning to death (Agony, oh, agony!). All in all, Forte’s trailer kicks our adrenal rush into high gear as it provides a dark and creepy atmosphere and a welcomed nostalgia seemingly torn right out of the golden age of horror: the 1980s. This is melded with some well executed old-school Hammer horror tableaux that remain very much couched in the age-old Latin American story-telling aesthetic!
The plot follows an incarcerated man who must summon his powers of sorcery to escape and rescue his daughter from danger. The release of the trailer follows a lot of buzz earlier this year as casting choices were being announced that include Germán De Silva, Lorena Vega, and Ezequiel Rodríguez, Moro Anghileri, Maria Laura Cali, Demian Salomon, Marta Haller and Mauro Auschuler. The film is being produced via the Coruya Cine shingle and Javier Díaz. Forte is directing from the text of his own script.
Peep the creepy trailer below —
“Legions is a supernatural story that mixes different narrative lines and genres. The story is fantastic, and contains irony, humor and obviously the elements of the horror genre,” said director Fabián Forte. “These ingredients, plus strong and human characters, evil and imaginary beings (or perhaps not), the dizzying pace and the climates of tension create a product designed for a young audience, where adrenaline and humor are the support to tell a mystical and critical history of the modern world and the lack of beliefs.”
Argentina-based FilmSharks has swept up all right to “LEGIONS,” including remake rights (please don’t). The Iberoamerican company has significantly grown its roster of films in the last few years and maintains an eagle eye at Cannes, including this year’s “virtual market” where it snatched up Forte’s latest.
Many of our sister horror sites have made knee-jerk comparisons to Sam Raimi‘s Evil Dead, but with good reason, as there are strong hints to Deadites, the Kandarian demon antagonists of the Evil Dead franchise in the film’s trailer. A coincidence, or a tip-of-the-hat by Forte to the 1981 horror classic? You be the judge.
We are also delighted to see the film drawing from a grounded toolkit of practical and in-camera effects that are complimented with strong visual compositions and apt camera work. As you can gather by now, we are eagerly looking forward to catching this one and bringing you a full review, as well as some behind-the-scenes trivia from Forte himself.
TRIVIA: Genre filmmaking has become a staple of Argentine cinema during the last 10 years, and horror films by young content creators such as Forte and many others has actually helped to revive the country’s film sector, an industry that had previously experienced a long dormant period.
LATIN HORROR’s staff and contributors wish Fabián Forte a horrific 45th revolution around the sun on the occasion of his birthday. ¡ABRAZOS!