I always try to appreciate contributions to horror on a global scale. I find it fascinating how a piece of art can inspire me to learn more about a different piece of the world whether its history, cultural differences, or what scares people. Errementari: The Blacksmith And The Devil is a modern interpretation of a baroque fable much in the style of a Guillermo Del Toro film.
The film takes place in the old Basque country, a region along the borders of Spain and France, and is set after the events of the First Carlist War, a civil war that engrossed Spain from 1833 to 1840. While there are dubs available, the film was originally shot in the basque language, a dialect that is central to the regions identity. The plot is pretty simple: A war weary blacksmith finds himself at odds with the superstitious townsfolk who fear him and a demon who has come to collect the blacksmith’s soul for his superiors in Hell.
For me, this movie was more of a dark fantasy film with horror elements in the same vein as Pan’s Labyrinth. There isn’t much to scare here so if thats the kind of experience you are looking for, this might not be the movie to watch. However, I did really enjoy the film for what it was. There is a heartwarming story about loss and family at the core of it. Its the type of story that has you feeling one way about some characters at the beginning, but by the end your view on them is far more muddled.