Review: Short Film ‘Into the Mud’ is Evocative and Mysterious

Writer and director Pablo S. Pastor’s Spanish debut short film Into the Mud was part of the official selection at this year’s Screamfest LA and We are Indie Horror has a short review and trailer for you. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

“A young woman wakes up naked in the middle of the woods. After the initial confusion and after verifying that she’s hurt, she discovers a fisherman and hunter who will not easily let his new prey escape. Let the hunt begin.”

Into the Mud is an exhilarating and evocative short that is exquisitely paced and photographed. The film’s imagery is astounding and pops from the screen, enticing you from opening frame to the film’s shocking final moments. From the onset of the film, it’s mired in mystery and intrigue as the Girl (Forqué), lies naked in the forest with very little explanation as to why or how she got there. The film is a play on the survival horror genre, as the Girl runs away from her tormentor (Ramon G. del Pomar), but with an added twist. As simple as it may sound Into the Mud is anything but, and with its enigmatic premise you are not entirely sure where director Pastor will take you. Despite what the film initially introduces it is arguably a tenacious and bold feminist film, and by the end of it all you’ll find yourself cheering at what is ultimately a crafty and beautifully realized short film.

This is the first short, and horror film, from actress María Forqué, daughter of Veronica Forqué and director Manuel Iborra.

The film has been graciously received at Spanish film festivals like Nocturna and International Fantastic Film Festival in Madrid, as well as, International Film Festival of Transylvania and Sitges Film Festival, 2016Into the Mud won Best Short Film at Canada’s Stock Shock Festival and Best Make-Up at Brazil’s Cinefantasy.

Check out the short trailer for Into the Mud below.

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