Something that I learned about film industries in other countries is that for the most part, American films dominate. This isn’t always the case and not every country is the same. Some intriguing news from Paraguay, a film called Morgue is the leading horror of the year ahead of movies like Annabelle Comes Home and It Chapter 2. According to Deadline, this buzz has gotten it picked up for world sales as well.
The synopsis for Morgue is:
On Diego Martínez (Pablo Martínez) is locked inside the morgue of the Regional Hospital of Encarnación. He recounts the paranormal events that the security guard experienced.
I’m impressed that this is the feature film debut for writer/director Hugo Cardozo. It doesn’t have the most original premise, but it is one that is quite spooky. When I was reading up on it, I couldn’t help but think of the effective films like Nightwatch from Denmark or the widely successful The Autopsy of Jane Doe. That isn’t the only news though that could come with this film either, as there seems to be remake potential here.
It shouldn’t be shocking that mainstream audiences would rather watch a film in their native language. I think this could partially be the reason that Morgue is doing so well in Paraguay. The Argentinian based FilmSharks has picked up the rights to the world sales and according to what I’m seeing, there are multiple offers on the table for distribution. What I was getting at to start this though is the remake rights are also on the table and there seems to be strong interest there as well. Last year’s Terrified, interestingly from Argentina as well, garnered similar interest for an American remake after it made its splash on Shudder.
Regardless of the status of remaking Morgue, the concept is something that I can get down with. There isn’t a deal signed yet so it is hard to say when American audiences will get a chance to see this. Stay tuned here to Nightmare on Film Street, as we can keep you updated as we know more.
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