Magazine article Screen International

Dark Sea

Magazine article Screen International

Dark Sea

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Dir/scr: Rodrigo Aragao. Brazil. 2013. 99mins

A freewheelingly gory horror film that packs in zombies, mutant sea-monsters, satanic rituals, a mysterious albino and even a machine-gun toting transvestite, Rodrigo Aragao's Brazilian film Dark Sea (Mar Negro) its nuts and bloody enough to break into the horror circuit, and should be a fixture on midnight movie slots at genre festivals.

Dark Sea is a crazy and crazed horror film.

The film, which had its premiere at the Rio International Film Festival throws plot and logic out of the window as it descends into lavish bloodletting, but it is a deliriously daft genre journey with multi-hyphenate Rodrigo Aragao (writer, director, editor and effects guru) keep the film breezy and bloody.

When two fishermen come across a nasty mutated man-fish when out at sea they end up bringing a nasty back their village. An albino (Walderrama dos Santos) - only ever called 'Albino' or 'White' - who works in the kitchen at Otto's Bar has taken a shine to Indiara (Kika Oliviera, also a producer), the wife of one of the fishermen named Snapper, and when Snapper starts to lust for human blood he wants to try and save her.

Things really take off when Indiara takes a part-time job at the kitchen of a newly opened brothel (or 'club' as it is called) run by transvestite Madam Ursula (Cristian Verardi). …

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