[Once again I'm going to attempt to do a horror(ish) movie review a day for the entire month of October. I've done this the last few years on The Cleveland Movie Blog. Most of the time I succeeded (usually with the help of a few other writers). Other times I didn't. We'll see if I can pull it off this year.]
No, Paul Urkijo Alijo's ERREMENTARI isn’t a movie about Sherlock Holmes suffering with a speech impediment. Rather, it’s a Basque language dark fairytale about a blacksmith who gets killed in the war, makes a deal with the devil to come back and see his wife one last time, and predictably has the bargain go bad. But rather than pay the agreed upon price for this demonic con job, Paxti (Kandido Uranga) refuses to go to Hell. Instead, he captures the demon (name of Sartael, played by Eneko Sagardoy) sent to claim his soul, and imprisons it in a cage inside his old blacksmith forge. And to ensure that no one sets it free, he walls off his property and sets traps around it. If the villagers spread tall tales about him doing various evil misdeeds, like capturing and killing children, all the better to keep them away.
But the best laid plans, yada, yada. In the town near the blacksmith’s forge, there is a little girl named Usue (Uma Bracaglia). The local children taunt her because of her mother’s suicide, and one particularly nasty little boy tears the head off Usue’s doll and throws it over Paxti’s heavily fortified wall. When Usue ventures onto the blacksmith’s property to retrieve her toy, she also discovers a little boy locked in a cage. Knowing the stories about Paxti, Usue agrees to get the key to the cage and set the boy free. But things are not exactly as they seem.