(aka "Even the Wind is Afraid Tonight" or "The Wind of Fear")

 

directed by Gustavo Moheno
Mexico 2007

 

Anorexic teen Claudia (Martha Higareda) is admitted to a private treatment center (you know the kind: big haunted house in the middle of the woods) after two suicide attempts. The handful of girls there are a typically unruly bunch except for introspective Josefina (Danny Perea) who is on her second stay the center. When Claudia notices scratches on the insides of Josefina’s legs in the locker room, she advises Josefina to tell the center's strict director Dr. Bernarda (Veronica Langer) but Josefina insists that “no one can stop Andrea.” Claudia learns from Dr. Lucia (Monica Dionne) that Josefina is on her second stay at the center and that the first time she became friends with a girl named Andrea who hanged herself in the center’s locked-off tower. When the other girls learn of Andrea's existence (and one actually sees her apparition), they decide to hold a seance at the same moment that Claudia has escaped from her room and made her way into the tower.

Co-writer/director Gustavo Moheno's remake of late, underrated director Carlos Enrique Taboada (whose exquisite LIBRO DE PIEDRA has also just been remade) doesn't hold a candle to the original. Despite the relatively restrained supernatural tone and some likable if not exactly sympathetic young female characters, the script is a mess and the ghost neither evokes fear nor pity. In Taboada's original film, Marga Lopez's dragon headmistress (quite a contrast to her concerned protagonist in LIBRO DE PIEDRA) is even more terrifying than the ghost but the equivalent character in the remake is more bland and pathetic than loathsome (and a more sympathetic adult character's motives have been made suspect by making certain aspects of the original film more blatant). As a remake, not particularly good. As a standalone horror film, it's rent-worthy but forgettable (though certainly less insulting than much of its American contemporaries).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 19 October 2007 (Mexico)

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DVD Review: Distrimax, Inc./Navarre Corporation - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

Distrimax, Inc./Navarre Corporation

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:29:36
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo)
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Distrimax, Inc./Navarre Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

Comments

NOTE: Per-Olof says in email: "It looks like in the review THE WIND OF FEAR, the screen caps were squeezed from 1:1.66 to 1:1.81"

The anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer is consistently grainy throughout (at times it seems as though the grain is so prominent it seems as though the image has been enlarged - perhaps cropped to 16:9 but I'm not sure about the OAR for this film). If this was a stylistic choice, it's not a pleasing one.

 

Despite the Dolby Digital logo, only a 2.0 stereo mix is included on the disc. There are some directional effects but not much presence in the bass (although that may just be in comparison to one of the more tiresome sound design elements of recent American horror films). English subtitles are well-translated. No extras whatsoever.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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