The House at the End of Time

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The House at the End of Time
The House at the End of Time Spanish poster.jpg
Original Venezuelan poster
La casa del fin de los tiempos
Directed byAlejandro Hidalgo
Produced byAlejandro Hidalgo
Written byAlejandro Hidalgo
Starring
Music byYoncarlos Medina
CinematographyCezary Jaworski
Edited by
  • Miguel Angel Garcia
  • Judilam Goncalves Montilla
  • Alejandro Hidalgo
Production
company
  • Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía
  • Fundación Villa del Cine
  • JEMD Films
Release date
  • June 17, 2013 (2013-06-17) (Venezuelan Film Festival)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryVenezuela
LanguageSpanish
Box office$4.4 million (Venezuela)[1]

The House at the End of Time (Spanish: La casa del fin de los tiempos) is a 2013 Venezuelan horror film directed by Alejandro Hidalgo and starring Ruddy Rodríguez. The film had its world premiere on June 17, 2013, at the Venezuelan Film Festival.

It is the highest-grossing horror film in Venezuelan history, and the most internationally-distributed Venezuelan film. In 2016, New Line Cinema announced that it was planning to remake the film with Hidalgo.

Plot[edit]

In 1981, Dulce (Ruddy Rodríguez) lived in an old house with her sons Leopoldo (Rosmel Bustamante) and Rodrigo (Hector Mercado), and her husband Juan José (Gonzalo Cubero). Amid strange supernatural phenomena, her family is attacked. Dulce, bleeding from a wound on her face, regains consciousness and races downstairs to protect her family. In the cellar, she finds Juan José dead of a stab wound, and Leopoldo disappears into thin air after being mysteriously pulled through a doorway.

When her prints are found on the murder weapon, Dulce is arrested and imprisoned. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce is released from jail—under the requirement that she serve the rest of her sentence under house arrest in the very house where the murders took place. Once settled, Dulce is visited by a local priest (Guillermo Garcia) who wants to restore her faith in God. When the priest expresses his own faith in her innocence, she enlists his help to learn the truth.

Investigating the house's history in the library, the priest learns that an English Freemason built the house a hundred years earlier, only to disappear mysteriously. Subsequent news reports indicate frequent disappearances. Dulce claims the house to be haunted after she sees an elderly man scrawl a series of elevens on her mirror, but the police instead accuse her of being crazy. The priest arrives in time to stop Dulce from committing suicide, and, with the house's history, convinces her that she may yet rescue her Leopoldo.

In 1981, Leopoldo and Rodrigo play with the local children. Rodrigo develops a crush on a girl, and Leopoldo devises a secret handshake with his best friend. After an apparent intruder in the house vanishes, Dulce becomes worried when Leopoldo hands her a note he says comes from a ghost. The note warns her that she must prevent her children from playing together for the next few days and accuses Juan José of attempting to murder Leopoldo in the future. Juan José dismisses the note and allows the children to play together. During a baseball game, Leopoldo is responsible for a freak accident that kills Rodrigo.

Not knowing what else to do, Dulce consults a local medium. The woman channels a conversation from the future in which Juan José refuses to recognize Leopoldo as his son and attempts to kill him. Distraught, Dulce demands a divorce from Juan José. Initially surprised, Juan José then threatens her if she attempts to take the kids away from him. While grieving the loss of Rodrigo and confused about his failed marriage, Juan José finds evidence that Leopoldo is not his child. Enraged that Dulce would keep this secret from him, he attacks Dulce and Leopoldo.

In 2011, as the clock hits 11:11 and 11 seconds on November 11, Dulce realizes that the house has transported her 30 years into the past, just before Rodrigo's death. As she bangs on the doors and scares her family, she realizes that she is the source of the disturbances and ghostly apparitions that have haunted her family. She quickly writes a note to Leopoldo that explains the future events and make him promise to give it to her 1981 self without reading it. A version of Leopoldo from after Rodrigo's death also travels backward in time to same day and sees Rodrigo again; he tearfully embraces his brother.

When Dulce travels to the day of Leopoldo's disappearance, she meets an elderly man who introduces himself as Leopoldo from 2071. He explains that the house has the ability to randomly transport people through time and that she must kill Juan José and abduct his 1981 self, as he has a latent disease that 1981 medicine can not cure. Though reluctant to follow through with causing her own murder conviction and loss of a child, Dulce relents, knowing it is the only way. In 2011, the priest reveals himself as Leopoldo's best friend by performing their secret handshake. Then the priest leads Leopoldo out of the house, claiming to the police guards that it is one of his local orphans. When clear, the priest introduces Leopoldo to Rodrigo's crush, now a grown woman.

Cast[edit]

  • Ruddy Rodríguez as Dulce
  • Gonzalo Cubero as Juan José
  • Rosmel Bustamante as Leopoldo
  • Guillermo Garcia as Priest
  • Hector Mercado as Rodrigo
  • Yucemar Morales as Sarai
  • Efrain Romero as Mario
  • José León as Elder
  • Alexander Da Silva as Police 1
  • Amanda Key as Sarai
  • William Lodoño as Police 2

Reception[edit]

The film has been well received in its country of origin, where it grossed $4.4 million[1] and became the highest-grossing horror film in the history of Venezuela.[2] After a festival run in which it won various awards, it also became the most distributed Venezuelan film in the world, showing in 33 countries. It was the 6th highest-grossing film in Latin America in 2013, being distributed in theatres for 41 weeks and attracting 623,700 spectators.[3] Following its success, in August 2016 New Line Cinema announced that it has bought the rights to produce a remake, with Hidalgo returning as director and producer.[3]

The Montreal Gazette and Shock Till You Drop both praised the film,[4] with Shock Till You Drop comparing it favorably to the similarly themed movies The Conjuring, The Others and Oculus and declaring that "The House at the End of Time is the best of all of those films."[5] Fangoria rated the film two and a half stars, criticizing it as being "aesthetically separated" at times but also stating that "the film's emotional center is sound".[6] Paste listed it as their #69 best horror film available on Amazon Prime, calling it "ambitious but somewhat messy" and noting that it lacks success and profundity in key areas, but that Rodríguez's performance gives it some quality. Jim Vorel concluded that "If you get on a South American horror kick, you’ll end up watching it eventually".[7]

Awards[edit]

Year Event Award Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2013 Venezuelan Film Festival of Mérida Audience Award Won [citation needed]
Best Cinematography Won
Best Sound Won
Special Mention for Child Actors Won
Venezuelan ECO Film Festival Best Music Won
Best Sound Won
2014 Screamfest Horror Film Festival Best Director Alejandro Hidalgo Won [3]
Best Film Won
Venezuelan Film Festival in New York Audience Award for Best Film Won
Fantasy FilmFest (FFF) Audience Award for Best Film Second place
Colombia-Venezuela Binational Film Festival[8] Best Film Won
Best Director Alejandro Hidalgo Won
Best Actor Rosmel Bustamante Won
Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Best Latin American Film Won
Best Actress Ruddy Rodriguez Won
Mórbido Film Fest Bronze Skull Special Recognition [9]
2015 Filmquest Utah Best Feature Film Won
Tri-Cities International Film Festival (TRIFI) Best Horror Feature Won [10]
2016 Palm Beach International Film Festival Best Horror Film Won [11]

It has also been part of the official selection at: Cannes Film Festival 2014; the 20th L'Etrange Festival in Paris in 2014; the Fantasia International Film Festival 2014; the Fresh Blood category at the Fantasy FilmFest in Germany in 2014; the London Discovery section of FrightFest 2014; the Fantastic Cinema of Latin America category at Blood Windows 2014; and Fantasporto 2014.[3] It also received Special Mention at the Colombia-Venezuela Binational Film Festival.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "La casa del fin de los tiempos (The House of the End Times)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ Huerta, Hennel. "La Casa del Fin de los Tiempos supera a Sexto Sentido". Diario La Verdad. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  3. ^ a b c d "#CineVenezolano La Casa del fin de los Tiempos". Cine Jardín (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  4. ^ Ferguson, Liz. "Fantasia 2014: Venezuela's first horror movie – House at the End of Time". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  5. ^ Turek, Ryan. "Fantasia Review: The House at the End of Time is an Inventive, Great Supernatural Thriller". STYD. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  6. ^ Zimmerman, Samuel. ""THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME" (Fantasia Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ Vorel, Jim; Staff, Paste Movies. "The 80 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-06-15.
  8. ^ a b ""La casa del fin de los tiempos" triunfó en Festival Binacional de Cine Colombia–Venezuela". Noticia al Dia. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Asustará el venezolano Hidalgo a argentinos con "La casa del fin de los tiempos" mientras negocia remake USA". Noticine. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  10. ^ Trifi Past Winners
  11. ^ "La Casa del fin de los tiempos ganó Mejor Película en Palm Beach Film Festival". EL NACIONAL (in Spanish). 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2019-08-31.

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