Monday, October 30, 2017

Film Review: The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015)

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Review)
Spain/2015
Format Viewed for Review: Shudder
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No
*A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review!

"...it is otherwise a shocking, suspenseful, and atmospheric film."

An orderly at a hospital and his friends decide to secretly view the dead body of famous actress Anna Fritz (Alba Ribas) after she arrives at the morgue...

The Corpse of Anna Fritz is a horror-thriller. The first act is eerie and unnerving, then it becomes more of a standard thriller—which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The plot follows Pau (Albert Carbó), an orderly at a hospital, and his friends, Ivan (Cristian Valencia) and Javi. The sudden death of famous actress Anna Fritz attracts them to the morgue. The friends agree to sneak in and see her dead body. However, one thing leads to another, and Pau and Ivan are eventually raping the corpse. At this point, I'm going to differentiate myself from other reviewers. I won't spoil anything else because I think it's a better movie if you go in blind, but I will say: the film continues down this disturbing lane. It's not a film for everyone, some will be offended, but it's certainly an interesting movie. The plot loses some steam towards the end, which makes the ending less effective, but it's still decent.


The Corpse of Anna Fritz is a very good movie. Although the pacing falters during the second half, the pace is mostly fast and consistent. The first act is very disturbing, especially for horror fans who haven't explored the darker depths of the genre, but it becomes a bit less disturbing during the rest of the film, where it acts more as a thriller instead of a horror movie. Fortunately, it is still moderately suspenseful and atmospheric. I suppose the film's biggest issue is its contrived story. This is a film where the characters downright refuse to do the logical thing, even if it is the wrong thing to do. They keep saying they're going to do, but, for the sake of prolonging the movie, they don't. They just make things harder for themselves for no valid reason. It has other issues, such as the underwhelming ending, but those aren't as severe as its contrived plot points.

The acting was decent, though. Albert Carbó, Cristian Valencia, and Alba Ribas all deliver good performances. The film was shot well. It has a dark, moody aesthetic thanks to its lighting. The music was also good. The film was written by Hèctor Hernández Vicens and Isaac P. Creus. Vicens also serves as director. The writing could have used some fine-tuning to 'cover' the plot contrivances a little better. It could have also delivered a meatier experience. (It feels longer than its short runtime.) Vicens creates an eerie experience. Some of the film's nastier scenes may be considered as solely inserted in the film for shock value, but I don't think so. I think Vicens is a daring director who understands the power of imagery. He delivers an uncompromising film here.

Overall, The Corpse of Anna Fritz is a disturbing horror-thriller. It's not perfect, held back by a contrived story and an underwhelming final act, but it is otherwise a shocking, suspenseful, and atmospheric film. If you're interested in the darker side of the genre, this is for you.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Some strong violence and blood.

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