Friday, October 23, 2020

32 Malasaña Street (2020) - Shudder Spree

Streaming Services: Shudder
Movie Name/Year: 32 Malasaña Street (2020)
Genre: Horror
Length104 minutes
Production/Distribution4 Cats Pictures, Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Bambú Producciones, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), Malasaña Movie, Movistar+, Mr. Fields and Friends, Warner Bros. Entertainment España, Warner Bros. Pictures, Pioneer Films, Zima Entertainment, Lotte Entertainment, BfParis, Exponenta, Joy n Cinema, Studiocanal Film, Weird Wave, Westec Media Limited, NOS Audiovisuais
DirectorAlbert Pintó
WriterRamón Campos, Gema R. Neira, David Orea, Salvador S. Molina
ActorsBegoña Vargas, Iván Marcos, Bea Segura, Sergio Castellanos, José Luis de Madariaga, Iván Renedo, Concha Velasco, Javier Botet, Maria Ballesteros, Rosa Álvarez, Almudena Salort
Blurb from IMDbA family moving to a new house to live the dream of the big city. A house where dreams turn in nightmares.


Selina’s Point of View:
In the beginning of 32 Malasaña Street, I found myself thrown back to Poltergeist (1982). It felt distinctly similar, where the type of scares was concerned. Then the flick evolved into something else.
Once the big bad started showing itself, I found myself see it more like the basic haunted house movies we’ve been seeing in the last decade. It had a lot of the same, predictable, scares. The saving grace was just how frightening they made the physical representation of the being. It was so well done that I wound up sucked into it and even getting pretty scared here and there.
Then the ending happened.

The moment I understood what was going on, when the backstory of the creature was revealed, I had to pause the film in order to come to terms with what I was seeing.
It’s 2020. We should be passed this kind of transphobic representation.
That’s what it came down to. It was the same ending we’ve seen numerous times before, one that we should have grown out of by now. What it boils down to is the movie decided that trans = scary.

For a few moments, I thought they might save the story from completely hanging itself. THAT would have been interesting. Instead, it went with the completely phobic conclusion.
It’s upsetting, it’s unnecessary, and it’s unacceptable.
If project creators are going to regurgitate material from other creations, the should at least try to evolve the stuff we’ve grown out of.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score44%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience ScoreNone
Metacritic User ScoreNone
IMDB Score5.4/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating1/5
Trust the Dice Parental Advisory Rating: R
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