This Basque-language horror-fantasy movie is directed by Paul Urkijo Alijo, written by Paul Urkijo Alijo and Asier Guerricaechebarría, and stars Kandido Uranga, Uma Bracaglia and Eneko Sagardoy.
ERREMENTARI: THE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVIL is a re-telling of an old fable, set in the Basque area of Spain, after the First Carlist War. We follow little orphan Usue, who ends up in the home of feared local blacksmith Patxi, who has made the demon Sartael his prisoner…
This is a great-looking film, with a fine feel for the period, featuring lots of shots of muddy roads, dingy homes and dirty-faced people. The cinematography and lighting is very good.
The demons in the movie are really well-done: they are old-school medieval-style beings, mainly created practically, via make-up, costumes & prosthetics, with nice CGI touches (their pointy tails.)
The captured demon Sartael is a wonderful, memorable character and the other demons seen later in the story, when the protagonists find themselves heading to the gates of hell, are nicely executed.
Also known simply as ERREMENTARI, this was the first full-length movie by director Paul Urkijo Alijo, and it is a top-notch Spanish horror fable worth seeking out.
Finally, some artwork for the film…