Horror Favourites – Pablo Pares

Danse Macabre is pleased to announce the launch of its new genre label LATIN EXTREME with the UK and Ireland DVD release of  the award winning post apocalypse thriller I AM TOXIC this February. The release will be limited to 1000 discs and aimed at genre fans, cineastes and collectors. To celebrate this we spoke to the director Pablo Pares about the horror film he loves the most.

In a world destroyed by biological warfare a man wakes in a pile of decomposed bodies with no memory of his previous life. Taken prisoner by scavengers, he meets a young woman who helps him discover his true identity.

I AM TOXIC received its World premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival before screenings at FrightFest in UK and Dublin Horrorthon in Ireland. In 2019 I AM TOXIC was nominated for the Melies Award for Best Latin American Fantasy Film with a special Blood Window presentation at Cannes Film Festival.

Argentine director Pablo Pares’s previous films include Plaga Zombie and Demonian:Soldier of the Underworld. Co-Writer and Co-Producer Daniel De La Vega is also known as director of Death Knows Your Name, Necrophobia 3D, White Coffin and Dead End, and producer Nestor Sanchez Sotelo, produced The Funeral Home which recently premiered at FrightFest. This team are at the centre of an extraordinary genre movement in Latin America which includes Alejandro Hidalgo’s The House at the End of Time, Samuel Galli’s Our Evil, Demian Ruggna’s Terrified and Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid. Inspired by this movement, UK film-maker and distributor Julian Richards has launched LATIN EXTREME to bring these films to a UK audience.

“It was frustrating to see these amazing films not getting distribution in the UK because of the foreign language / sub-titles issue. They are deemed too niche for mainstream distribution, so you won’t find them in supermarkets, but with a limited 1000 disc release, we aim to attract the attention of genre fans, cineastes and collectors” said Richards. “Tartan Films had success in the 90’s with their genre label Asia Extreme and were responsible for introducing iconic Korean directors Kim Ki-Duk and Chan Wook-Park to a UK audience, so I’m hoping I can do the same with Latin Extreme”.

Below Pablo Pares, director of I AM TOXIC chats to us about his favorite horror film:

“My favorite movie is BAD TASTE (1987), it is Peter Jackson’s first film long before THE LORD OF THE RINGS. It´s the story of an alien invasion of a town in New Zealand. The aliens this time come to make hamburgers with humans and a guerrilla group called “The Boys” tries to stop them. Lots of action and gore and lots of laughts.

It is the film I saw that ignited my passion for cinema, it gave me the certainty that I could also make my own films.

The movie has a unique and intriguing atmosphere, with music and sound very different from what I was used to watch in other movies. Hilarious and exaggerated gore, made by Peter Jackson himself. Characters who feel like lifelong friends and a thousand ideas every minute that passes.

The handling of the camera especially struck me. Interesting shots every second. A very good handling of the handheld camera in perfect sync with the editing.

For all this and much more, BAD TASTE continues to be a unique film and my favorite. A hidden gem.”

Read our review HERE I AM TOXIC can be purchased on DVD from AmazonHMV, ZavviDeffBase and will also be available to stream and download from Sky Store, Amazon Prime and Apple TV.

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