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[FANTASIA ‘22] ‘Huesera’ review: Spine-chilling body horror

“Of course you’re scared, honey.”

Huesera is the stunning feature length debut from director Michelle Garza Cervera. In a beautiful, mysterious, and haunting look at the anguish and alienation of pregnancy, Huesera explores Mexican folklore and asks us to confront personal demons. 

Valeria (played by Natalia Solián in an impressive feature length debut performance) is pregnant with her first child. What should be a joyful experience for her is full of terror. A harrowing sense of dread surrounds Valeria as she begins to suspect that, despite her devotion, she may be cursed by a supernatural entity. 

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Cervera’s sharp directorial skills and attention to detail lend a sneaky sense of anxiety to the eerie horror of Huesera. When Valeria starts to see startling visions, her bones begin to crack, there’s a visceral, emotional dread that is so rare in body horror. As this uniquely spine-chilling tale pushes forward, more about Valeria’s personal battles and the entity that torments her is revealed. Evocative of the work of Ari Aster and Jordan Peele, Cervera will certainly earn a name for herself among the masters of modern horror.

The Fantasia International Film Festival takes place July 14 through August 3. The full lineup can be found HERE

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