99.9 (Blu-ray Review)
FROM CULT EPICS
Review by Josey, the Sudden Cat🙀
One of the cooler things about this gig is having the opportunity to discover older films that somehow escaped my radar. And even though I’m fairly well-versed in the horror genre, I must confess I’d never previously heard of 99.9, even though it’s 24 years old. For that, I blame my local Blockbuster, which hardly ever carried foreign films, to say nothing of foreign horror films.
That being said, 99.9 is a dark, atmospheric gem..
The title refers to a radio station where Lara (Maria Barranco) is the host of a paranormal phone-in talk show. Following the mysterious - and violent - death of her estranged boyfriend, she receives a videotape he made of bizarre experiments he was conducting in a rural Spanish village. Lara goes there hoping to learn more about what happened, only to find the village mostly abandoned, and the creepy house where the experiments took place has a pretty nasty reputation for killing people.
|Lara learns her auto warranty is about to expire.|
In addition to the unique assortment of oddball characters - only Lara seems to have her head screwed on right - the initially languid tone & pace slowly ramps up the tension, culminating in a climax that’s both disturbing and grotesquely funny. Best of all, this is a smart film, with interesting, unpredictable plot revelations. Therefore, 99.9 is highly recommended for adventurous horror lovers.
“THE MAKING OF 99.9” - Vintage featurette.
INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR AGUSTI VILLARONGA
ISOLATED MUSIC SCORE
TRAILERS - From various Agusti Villaronga films.
BLU-RAY & DVD COPIES
Limited Edition available with soundtrack CD by Javier Navarrete (Pan's Labyrinth) www.cultepics.com
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