Hierro (2009)

Lost in translation

Single mother Maria (Elena Anaya) is enjoying a day out with her young son Diego (Kaiet Rodriguez) visiting El Hierro, the most isolated of the Canary Islands. Things take a tragic turn, however, when she dozes off on the ferry and awakes to find Diego missing, catapulting her into a nightmare from which there is no awakening. For six months she waits desperately for answers and, when a body is finally found, Maria returns to Hierro. When she arrives, however, she makes a shocking discovery and that, combined with with the bizarre behaviour of the locals, convinces Maria that foul play may be involved. Determined to uncover the truth, Maria embarks on her own investigation that has devastating repurcussions…

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Daybreakers (2009)

Bloody hell

Thanks to the success of the behemoth Twilight franchise and glosy US TV shows like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries, vamps are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. But bloodsuckers are nothing new in horror, with filmmakers throughout the ages – from Todd Browning (Dracula, 1931) to Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, 1987) and Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, 1987) – attempting to put their own spin on a well-worn genre. Now it’s the turn of German brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, whose Daybreakers is an intriguing and mostly successful entry into the overstuffed vamp stable.

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