Thursday, April 12, 2012

A to Z Challenge. Letter K.

Todays suggestions, sponsored by letter K, are:


Kilometer 31 (Km31) (2007)
Directed by Rigoberto Castaneda.

Plot:  After the tragic death of their mother when they were children, twin sisters Agata and Catalina Hameran developed a special skill, a way of communicating without speaking, a "link" between them. After a mysterious accident on Kilometer 31, Agata falls into a coma. Catalina, thanks to their "link", feels the pain and tragedy her sister was going through at the time of the accident. Following a series of supernatural events, Catalina realizes that her sister Agata is screaming for help from her unconscious state. With the help of Nuño, Agata’s long time friend, and Omar, Agata’s boyfriend, they soon discover that not only is Agata in a coma, but she is also trapped between life and death, between reality and a terrible netherworld of evil spirits and ancient legend.

Review: I'm sorry for throwing you a curve ball with this movie but I couldn't find another 'K' movie that was worth sharing. This is an awesomely scary movie with great special effects based on one of Mexico's most prevalent legend: La Llorona (The Crying Woman). It won several awards and has been internationally recognized but finding a copy with subtitles in english is hard. If you do, watch it; you will not regret it. If you speak/understand spanish, then you are in luck my friend.


The Keep by F. Paul Wilson.
Published by William Morrow in 1981.

Blurb: “Something is murdering my men.” Thus reads the message received from a Nazi commander stationed in a small castle high in the remote Transylvanian Alps. Invisible and silent, the enemy selects one victim per night, leaving the bloodless and mutilated corpses behind to terrify its future victims. 
When an elite SS extermination squad is dispatched to solve the problem, the men find something that's both powerful and terrifying. Panicked, the Nazis bring in a local expert on folklore--who just happens to be Jewish--to shed some light on the mysterious happenings. And unbeknownst to anyone, there is another visitor on his way--a man who awoke from a nightmare and immediately set out to meet his destiny.
The battle has begun: On one side, the ultimate evil created by man, and on the other...the unthinkable, unstoppable, unknowing terror that man has inevitably awakened

Review: I first encountered this book when I was about twelve. One of my favorite aunts lend it to me with the warning that she hadn't been able to read past the first chapter. It terrified her. Needles to say, I jumped at my chance and read it in a week. I was scared as hell but completely fell in love with the story. About ten years ago I found the book again and remembered the story as being one of the scariest I've ever read, so I gave it a second chance and was disappointed. The story is truly scary and has influenced my style as a writer in many, many ways, but in my mind it had grown disproportionally to a status no author can accomplish. I think this is a great read for those of you who doesn't like hard core horror but are interested in trying something stronger than mysteries/thrillers. Don't read it close to drafty areas (wind is an important clue on the story) and do not read at night. Have fun!


cherie said...

Interesting picks--both the movie and the book. I was actually fascinated by the blurbs of both. I love me some dark, horrific stories, even if it means keeping the lights on at night. :)

Gina said...

Yay, girl! I'm like you. It's not that I don't get scared, it's just that I don't care. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like the book and movie.

Angela Felsted said...

Ah, you're a person who likes scary stories. I've tried to get more into them lately, but they tend to give me nightmares.

Gina said...

Hi Angela, thanks for commenting. I do love my horror but I know it is not for everyone. Take care!

Nikki said...

Wow! That film sounds so interesting but kind of scary! Great post :D

Nikki – inspire nordic

Lindi said...

Gina--wow--scary stuff!My friend Anna Destefano wrote a book about twins and one being in a coma. Very interesting. And I'm not much for scary movies---we live way out in the woods--no curtains on the windows--strange noises at night. That's enough to fuel my crazy imagination at times!

Gina said...

Niki, thanks for stoping by. It is a scary film but with a good story and I really liked it, so I wanted to share it.

Lindi, your house sounds lovely but scary. What not many people over my blog or fans of my books know is that I'm actually very easily scared. When there's a noise in the middle of the night I tend to simply ignore it and pretend it didn't happen because otherwise my mind goes into overdrive and a second later I'm sure zombies are invading us. LOL. Thanks for commenting!