Are You Ready To Return To KILOMETER 31?

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Are You Ready To Return To KILOMETER 31?
It was back in 2006 that Mexican director Rigoberto Castaneda burst on to the international horror scene with Kilometer 31, an atmospheric ghost story that proved a big hit in Mexico and abroad and set Castaneda up as one of the brightest young genre talents in the nation. Thing is, the nation is question doesn't generally get behind genre directors - even successful ones - and so his work since has been dominantly in television. But he's coming back to the big screen now and doing it the old fashioned way: With a sequel to his original hit.

At least, I assume Castaneda is directing ... details are very thin on the upcoming Kilometer 31 sequel, beyond the simple fact that it is happening, as evidenced by its brand new Facebook page, on which Castaneda is quite active. Watch for more details as we get 'em ...
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Bulbo BagginsDecember 28, 2012 5:09 PM

Couldn´t care less.

KM. 31 is a crappy, crappy movie.

Not "atmospheric": More like "boring and derivative".

"Thing is, the nation is question doesn't generally get behind genre directors"

That is a broad generalization; Guillermo Del Toro (the obvious reference) is widely recognized here, because his work is ACTUALLY GOOD. This Castaneda guy --and the production house behind him (Lemon Films)-- haven´t made a decent film. Ever. Granted, they´ve been commercially successful, but so are Adam Sandler´s films...

Todd BrownDecember 28, 2012 6:33 PM

How many of Del Toro's movies have been financed out of Mexico? Pan's Labyrinth was mostly financed out of Spain. Devil's Backbone was financed out of Spain. Only Cronos has significant Mexican involvement, after that he had to leave to continue making his films. Del Toro backs up my point, precisely, you'll need to come up with someone else ...

Todd BrownDecember 28, 2012 6:38 PM

There are, incidentally, also two very, very different cuts of KM 31 out there. One is Castaneda's, the other was more or less forced on them by the international sales company. I like Castaneda's cut quite a bit. The Filmax cut is borderline incomprehensible.

Bulbo BagginsDecember 29, 2012 9:31 PM

You've got a point about Del Toro, it is a shame he "fled" Mexico. Nevertheless, Cronos gave me a huge horror geek boner when I saw it ,ages ago, on a theater in MX City. KM 31, on the contrary, just left me limp; mainly because Mexico is rife with scary stories and horror aplenty (both of the supernatural and real-life kind...just look at sone headlines from the past six years) and all they could come up with is a half-assed, cash-grabbing J-horror wannabe by way of that tiresome cliché of Mexican folklore, "La Llorona"? Come on!

You've certainly piqued my interest...I'll look for that "director's cut" you mention, though I seriously doubt it would improve much my poor opinion of this crapfest.

Bulbo BagginsDecember 29, 2012 9:44 PM

I just saw Dread Central also ran a history about this non-event. I seriously had no idea KM. 31 was considered a "good" film outside Mexico...unbelievable. * scratches head in disbelief *

Juan Andrés ValenciaDecember 30, 2012 4:24 AM

I remember seeing it out of morbid curiosity and you know what? I regret it, it's like they tried to rip off J-Horror while adding a Mexican twist and it fails HARD. Mexico has produced great horror films like Santa Sangre, Cronos, Somos Lo Que Hay and Canoa so they have no excuse.

I'm checking out the director's cut though since it can't be worse than the producer's cut.

Juan Andrés ValenciaDecember 30, 2012 4:25 AM

Have you checked out Borderland? It's kind of an american film but it's based on some really fucked up stuff that happened in the 80's- early 90's involving a drug dealing/cult. That's the proof that we have great and terrifying stories underneath the tired stuff.

Bulbo BagginsJanuary 6, 2013 4:35 PM

Somos Lo Que Hay. That was a good one! I still get paranoid vibes every time I visit small towns in Mexico, thanks to Canoa...

Bulbo BagginsJanuary 6, 2013 4:39 PM

That Constanzo guy... I´m still waiting for the definitive biopic of that fascinating douchebag. Beto Cuevas was miscast in my opinion, but otherwise Borderland was quite enjoyable.

Juan Andrés ValenciaJanuary 6, 2013 6:08 PM

The worst part about Canoa is that it actually happened and without the influence of media, drugs or anything. Just pure, raw evil.