Mar Negro (Dark Sea) - Fabulas Negras
Written by Richard Taylor   
Thursday, 03 November 2016
Review of Mar Negro on Severed Cinema

AKA: Dark Sea, Bloodbath

Directed by: Rodrigo Aragão
Written by: Rodrigo Aragão
Produced by: Mayra Alarcon, Kika Oliveira
Cinematography by: Marcelo Castanheira
Editing by: Rodrigo Aragão
Music by: Joao McDowell
Cast: Walderama Dos Santos, Kika Oliveira, Marcus Konka, Tiago Ferri, Mayra Alarcon, Cristian Verardi, Petter Baiestorf, Gurcius Gewdner, Coffin Souza
Year: 2013
Country: Brazil
Color: Color
Language: Portuguese (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 1hr 45mins

Studio: Fábulas Negras

Brazilian filmmaker Rodrigo Aragão is emerging as a raging force on the horror/gore movie-making scene in Brazil. With a number of films under his belt including a similar sister film to this one, titled, Mangue Negro or Mud Zombies. Aragão has created a unique style with this film as we are uprooted from our living room and brought to the poor remote fishing community in the Espirito Santo state of Brazil. All the characters give good performances and create a unique atmosphere. This version features English subtitles so the characters names in English are not necessarily the same as they are listed for the film in that translation.

We are introduced to an array of eccentric and bizarre characters. The intro has an older guy named Snapper (Tiago Ferri) and his lazy assistant Tired Horse (Marcus Konka) fishing off a boat with a net and not having much luck. They pull in their net one last time to discover an abomination which Tired Horse believes to be a mermaid due to female genitalia. Soon the monster-like creature comes to life and attacks the men. They manage to make a quick escape but Snapper has been injured by the monster. Mar Negro, or Dark Sea, is no doubt an ambitious affair but it seems to get muddled in telling an otherwise basic story.  Its jumping all over the place with different characters, side plots and sudden changes that I found it to be confusing at times. It takes a good 40 minutes or more for it to get really going with the all-out gore drenched finale and it's definitely worth the wait. The movie has been said to be Brazil's answer to the early works of Peter Jackson, such as Brain Dead.

The quirky performances and effects are what make it such a great and unique experience -- it's like something new and refreshing for horror/gore fans to check out. The idea of zombies is definitely nothing original but the way it's done here with the cool setting is definitely a nice spin on the genre. Taking a cast of virtually local unknowns has turned out great in this, and we even get smaller roles from such known figures in the Brazilian underground horror scene such as Petter Baiestorf (Arrombada: Vou Mijar na Porra do Seu Túmulo) and Gurcius Gewdner (Good Morning Carlos).

We are also introduced to the character Albino (Walderama Dos Santos) who is a bizarre looking fellow with a crush on a girl named Indiara (Kiki Oliveira) but Albino's awkwardness and different appearance prevents him from acting on it, plus Tired Horse also has his sights set on her. The carnage in Dark Sea ensues when Madame Ursula (Cristian Verardi), who plays a cross dressing eccentric role, opens his/her cabaret night club. The infected creatures come calling and lay siege to the club and eventually the whole village with the characters fighting for their lives. There are tons of different actors in this and little side stories which does cause it to get muddled but it does give it the charm it deserves. We also get a singer visiting the club named Isidora Fernendez (Mayra Alarcon) who gets caught up in the bloody zombie rampage and is less than excited to be in the shit country of Brazil she proclaims. Let's just say, Madame Ursula gets pissed off with all the batshit carnage ensuing at her club, and takes control of the situation in an all out awash of blood drenched gore.

If you're on the hunt for new and unique gore then Mar Negro (Dark Sea) is a film you should seek out. Also look for other works of Febulas Negras, and director Rodrigo Aragão -- they are rich in characters, storylines and gore. Many thanks to director Rodrigo Aragão for sending Mar Negro for me to watch. Check out Fábulas Negras for a list of contacts to get in touch, and order some great Brazilian gore.






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