Movie Reviews: “Tesis” (1996)


Tesis is the Spanish word for thesis. The film follows a woman in college named Angela who is working on a thesis paper about violence and media. Her research leads her to an underground snuff film cult who have been killing women on campus for years. Who can she trust, and will she be next?

This is a well crafted horror/mystery from Director Alejandro Amenábar, and is considered to be one of the most shocking films of the 1990’s. The reputation is well deserved as “Tesis” keeps you on the edge of your seat, as well as squirming in the back of it. (Well not me personally, but I’m sure most people would squirm.)
The more Angela and her friend Chema uncover, the more bizarre the situation gets, and the more you fear for them.

Amenábar also wrote/directed “The Others” with Nicole Kidman, and “Open Your Eyes”, which was later remade as “Vanilla Sky. If “Tesis” were made today it wouldn’t be considered anything special, but because it came out in 1996, I bet it inspired a lot of films that followed. I enjoyed it.

3.0 out of 4.0 stars.


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