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Errementari: the Blacksmith and the Devil (2017)

The demon locked up in a cage...
The demon is locked up in a cage…
...but he gets out!
…but he gets out!

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…

Don't let Sartael out of his cage!
Don’t let Sartael out of his cage!

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.

I like the look of the film
I like the look of the film
Some soldiers
Some soldiers

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.)

A stout, toothy demon
A stout, toothy demon
I like the look of this demon
I like the look of this devil!

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.

Big demon!
Huge demon!
A demon's ass with a face on it...
A demon’s ass with a face on it…

Big-eyed demon
Big-eyed demon
Pointy-nosed demon
Pointy-nosed demon

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.

Look at the faces on Sartael's knees
Look at the faces on Sartael’s knees

Finally, some artwork for the film…


The Secret War (2019)

Red Army vs demons!

As the second season of Love, Death + Robots was recently released on Netflix, I thought I’d go back and give one of the episodes from the first season of the animated anthology show a rewatch…

THE SECRET WAR tells the story of a group of Red Army soldiers hunting and fighting demons in Russian forests during World War 2. The soldiers have several encounters with the hell-creatures and also find a notebook that describes how an old Soviet plan called ‘Operation Hades’ is the reason the creatures were summoned in the first place, but the demons weren’t controllable and became the menace they are now.

Skull in the snow

The Russian soldiers attempt to neutralise a large subterranean nest of demons with explosives, but this causes a huge cave-in, provoking masses of the creatures to crawl to the surface. The Russians make a last stand, whilst one of their number rides off, tasked with requesting a major bombing of the area.

No hiding from the creatures…

The next morning we see the malformed creatures munching on the corpses of the dead soldiers, then Soviet planes fly overhead and they begin bombing the site (the demon-things are depicted as a horde of deformed, hairless creatures that come across more like monstrous aliens rather than demons from hell.)

Demons chow down

THE SECRET WAR is amazing to look at, with a hyper-realistic style impressively depicting the cold Russian landscapes. Digic Pictures, a Hungarian 3D animation studio that specialises in the production of 3D animated game cinematics, made this episode. The 16 minute story, however, feels more like a fragment of a bigger plot, so THE SECRET WAR does rather come across like a cool cutscene for a high-end video game.

The landscapes look amazing
Demons close-in…