Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall, Rings) is back with new movie The Wait (La Espera), described as a sinister folk horror tragedy that takes place in the dark, magic and forgotten Andalusian countryside, a place marked by ancestral traditions. Exclusive to Bloody Disgusting, you can watch the upcoming horror movie’s official trailer below.
The Wait was premiered in Oldenburg Film Festival (Germany) last September 22nd, and it has been part of the Official Selection of Fantastic Fest (Austin), Sitges (Spain), Morbido (Mexico) and Vancouver Intl Film Festival (Canada).
The movie has won 14 awards so far including ‘Best Director’ in FilmQuest, ‘Best Actor’ in Screamfest, ‘Audience Award’ in Fancine Malaga Fantasy Film Festival, and the ‘Critics Award’ in San Sebastian Horror Film Festival.
The film is releasing in Spain on December 15, with US distribution news coming soon.
Based on an original script written by Gutierrez, The Wait has been described to Bloody Disgusting as being a “love letter to the horror/fantasy genre,” as well as Gutiérrez’s “most intimate and brutal film” to date. The horror movie “portrays the macabre descent into hell of a man who suffered the tragic loss of his family.”
Produced by Spal Films (Before the Fall), Nostromo Pictures (Buried, Penny Dreadful) and Gutierrez’s production company Unfiled Films, the upcoming horror movie stars Victor Clavijo (Before the Fall), Ruth Diaz, Manuel Moron and Luis Callejo (Below Zero).
In the film, “Eladio (Victor Clavijo), hunting estate keeper, takes a bribe from a veteran hunter. Weeks later, his whole life falls apart. What looked like the opportunity of a lifetime, turns into a macabre descent to hell when he finds out that his misfortune might not be entirely by chance.”
Gutierrez has been working on this personal indie project under the radar while writing and financing his upcoming remake of Bigas Luna’s cult horror, Anguish (1987).