It seems implausible to say that a horror movie is able to predict a pandemic. However, the last zombieof the director Martín Basterretche, can brag about it a little. Because, unwittingly, his screenplay is full of words that are common to us today, like quarantine, infections and epidemiologistsbut that as of February 2020, when filming for the film ended, they weren’t. After a successful run in international festivals, the film arrived in Argentinian cinemas on Thursday so that horror fans (and those who aren’t so much) can enjoy a zombie story unlike the ones we’re used to.
The movie presents Nicolás Finnigan (Matías Desiderio), a genetic scientist who goes in search of a prestigious missing doctor (Tony Lestingi) and who is suspected of experimenting with humans. The investigation leads him to a fictional seaside resort where he is believed to have been last seen. The place, Hagia Sophia from the seais famous for its spa, and apparently the missing doctor’s wife contracted a disease there that ended up turning her into some kind of zombie. Finnigan, in his eagerness to find out the truth, decides to move to this remote resort town and stay in an old inn that hides many secrets.
Matías Desiderio in a scene from The Last Zombie
The parallelism with the pandemic occurs from this “zombie infection” sweeping the city and forcing tourists to stay locked in quarantine. “The coronavirus issue was already in the air when we were filming and quarantine was ordered eight days after filming ended. If this had happened during filming, it would have been a production disaster.”, says Martín Basterretche in dialogue with Infobae.
“Our history has already brought many themes of the pandemic. There are infectiologists, suspected viruses, massive infections. I think that now we can give it another reading that we hadn’t thought of in these terms,” explains the director, who with the last zombieco-written with melina cherro and entirely shot in La Plata, closes the trilogy of Santa Sofía del Marthe fictional town in which they also take place Blind spot Yes Devout, the silent invasion.
Regarding the zombies in the film, Basterretche differentiates them from typical Hollywood zombies who are “stronger and faster than humans, who bite and feed on living flesh”. “We wanted to get rid of that and decided return to the classic genre, which deals with the zombie in the original sense, that is, in Central American voodoo. They are undead, sorrowless souls who wander with a kind of sadness until they manage to find their final destination.“, describes the director about the stars of his feature film.
On the current situation of horror cinema in Argentina, Basterretche ensures that “is booming”. “Many of us are dedicated to this genre and today we are happy. I don’t think there are prejudices, but rather that there is distance. It is difficult for us to be seen and to be found. It’s kind of niche in a good way. He has the particularity of being smaller, but at the same time he is much more determined,” he explains.
Director Martin Basterretche
Clara Kovacic is the reference of horror cinema in Argentina. That’s why it’s no surprise that Basterretche called her to star in his film. “For me, it was like a prophecy. While we were filming, it was crazy to see the world fall apart in the same way it did in the script of the movie.”count it Scream Queen Argentina a Infobae on the film’s similarities to the pandemic. Nail scream queenor “Scream Queen”, is an actress with strong ties to horror movies.
Kovacic, who describes the film as “cosmic horror”, says it’s not “typical of zombies eating human flesh”. “These beings want to spread, they want the end of the world. It’s much more like Prince of Darknessby John Carpenter, which is like the future of the end of the world, and not so much a story of zombies eating guts because it’s not cinema bloodythere is no blood in the movie”.
His character (Pato) has the necessary dose of humor to defuse the dense atmosphere offered by the film. “I loved playing it. He’s a caricaturist, a mixture of comedy and madness who really can’t stand the end of the world and who has a psychotic breakdown. She’s a typical fake spiritualist hippie who shatters into pieces when something bad happens to her,” says the Croatian-born actress.
Clara’s career took a huge turn at the end of 2021 when netflix first Do not lookthe movie of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep in which the Argentinian artist had a participation. “It gave me a visibility that I really appreciate. It is obviously an important achievement to have in the CV abroad and in Argentina. As much as I will always do independent films because I love it, I like to transcend and be able to do something a little more commercial.“, account. Thanks to her role in the Adam McKay film, new projects have emerged that keep her very busy today, including the series flight of the world from Star+ Yes rooster days from HBO.
the last zombiewhich also features performances by Alexia Moyano, Adriana Ferrer, Sofía Kali, Maia Francia, Luis Longhi, Francisco González Gil and Federico Aimetta, can be seen in the chain’s cinemas Hoyts (Abasto, Unicenter and Quilmes), in showcase (Haedo and North) and in the Gaumont.