The Nameless (1999)

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The Nameless (Spanish: Los Sin Nombre; Catalan: Els sense nom) is a 1999 Spanish horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró. It is based on the 1983 horror novel by English writer Ramsey Campbell. Claudia (Emma Vilarasau) and Marc's beloved six-year old daughter Angela disappears and is later found dead under mysterious circumstances. Five years later, Claudia is still unable to get over the death of her child. Inexplicably, the presumed dead daughter Angela calls her mother, saying that she is still alive and needs her help. Claudia calls an ex-cop, Massera (Karra Elejalde), to investigate the matter. Massera teams up with tabloid journalist Quiroga (Tristan Ulloa) and the two begin to uncover a bizarre cult that sacrifices children. Miramax bought the US distribution rights for the film in 1999, but did not release it on home video until 2005.

Review

If Darkness confused you, you’ll be completely baffled by The Nameless, Jaume Balagueró’s inscrutible first feature from 1999. The story starts with the brutal murder of a six-year-old girl with one leg longer than the other. Years later, her mom (Emma Vilarasau, the Spanish Melanie Meyron) gets a phone call, purportedly from the girl, saying she’s still alive. Ultimately she and a friend — who repeatedly decide not to go to the police — discover a secret society of killers (‘The Nameless’) who get their jollies out of murdering people in unspeakable ways.

The Nameless features some of the worst decision-making you might ever see on film, all intercut with random shots taken from the proverbial Nine Inch Nails video. Stick around to the end and some of this might start to make a little sense (think Rosemary’s Baby). Most viewers will probably give up well before the first act is over — and I couldn’t blame you for that.

Aka Los sin nombre.

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