Mauro Iván Ojeda
Mauro Iván Ojeda
Luis Machín, Celeste Gerez, Camila Vaccarini, Susana Varela, Hugo Arana
Néstor Sánchez Sotelo
DEL TORO FILMS
We share this world with the dead. Those who have come before us, and have left indelible scars on us, are always there in spirit long after they’re gone. Bernardo (Luís Machín), wife Estella (Celeste Gerez) and stepdaughter Irina (Camila Vaccarini) live with the dead in every sense. As an undertaker, death is Bernardo's business, but it also pervades the home they live in behind the funeral home in the spirit of several ghosts that haunt the property. At first their presence is more of an inconvenience – there are lines you can't walk past; the bathroom is haunted, so they need to use a port-a-potty outside – but it soon becomes apparent there is a presence there that means them harm. And soon this family, already on the edge, must deal with some of the very ghosts who haunted them before they passed on.
Taking a familiar genre trapping and doing something new and fresh with it is a rare thing these days, all the more reason to praise Mauro Iván Ojeda's THE UNDERTAKER'S HOME as a major find. Wisely keeping his story confined to this small, unique setting and populating it with three flawed, but real, fleshed-out characters, Ojeda reminds us that an exceptional ghost story is as much a human drama as it is supernatural tale, becoming more and more unnerving as the paranormal aspects ramp up. Buoyed by excellent performances from his three leads, THE UNDERTAKER'S HOME does an exceptional job finding new life in old haunts. – Matthew Kiernan
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