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La Cueva (2014) – Movie Review

La Cueva (2014) - Movie Review

Okay, before we get into La Cueva, I was wondering if you lot could help me – I’ve actually been searching for a Found Footage movie for the last two months and I can’t locate it anywhere!

I suppose it would help if I could remember the name of the fucking thing – but I can’t!

I watched it about three years ago now, and I can remember it getting panned by online critics…although I thought it was quite good. It’s an alien/UFO based movie that sort of ends up with a group being chased through an abandoned desert facility/industrial town.

It’s in English, the aliens are decent CGI and of the Greys variety…and that’s about all I remember!

It’s the ending that gets me – aliens on the tops of buildings, all over the place, and a couple of surviving group members trying to hide from them…

Anyway, no idea what it was called, or where I can find it these days – if you have any suggestions, throw them in the comment section below!

The Plot

So, onto La Cueva

Five friends go unannounced on a vacation. Soon they discover a cave entrance, which they decide to explore. Turns out it was not the best of ideas…

Frighteningly Believable

Yep, that’s the problem with about 80% of modern Found Footage efforts – they don’t end up being that believable. It may be down to shitty actors, poor writing, or dud effects – it doesn’t matter, they fail to convince

La Cueva is frighteningly believable, from start to finish, and that’s why it stands out head and shoulders above many of it’s counterparts.

I should warn you that it is a Spanish film, so the constant darting of eyes downward does ‘cloak’ some of the scenes, but there is still more than enough to get your teeth into (when you’re not reading the subtitles).

I love it when Found Footage films manage to slightly disturb the watcher without the use of a supernatural menace. The ‘bad guy’ in La Cueva is a wonderfully scenic cave that is located on the idyllic island of Formentera, by Ibiza.

Now, this may not sound like much of a fright-fest – but the (nightmare) situation develops well and the friends soon split up into various factions, like they would in real life.

We get the more human characters trying their best to get away from the friends who will do anything to survive – it’s amazing what the lack of food and water can do to the human mind.

Long story short – it works on a psychological level, and that’s what makes it frightening.

Conclusion

Really enjoyed it – and I can’t really find any faults in it that are worth posting here!

Okay, it’s got subtitles, but that’s a cross many of us have to bear when we are watching good foreign horror. To be honest with you – I’d much rather read subtitles than listen to the cast struggle in broken English and end up over-acting.

The most impressive element of the setup, is that the use of the camera becomes more and more essential as the film goes on. There are only a handful of scenes when you are left trying to figure out why the camera is still rolling – which makes a change!

The cast work extremely well with the idea of dehydration and claustrophobia. Their initial attempts at survival are well thought out and pretty smart really, but then the panic sets in and vicious desperation kicks through – nice! 🙂

Wonderful location, excellent cinematography and a strong cast. More importantly – it’s believable.

I have no problem in recommending La Cueva to any Found Footage fan (that can handle subtitles!).

Chris

21 Comments

  1. Hey Chris,
    Enjoying your latest reviews! In regards to the Alien/UFO movie you mentioned, I can’t say with complete certainty but the only one I can really recall with that type of ending is Hangar 10 (2014). If that’s not it, I can skim through my library and see what else I have Alien/UFO wise (I think I have most of the better ones). Hope this helps.

    • Hey Jon!

      Yeah that was suggested a few times to me…but it wasn’t the one! It ended up being Report 51 (I just put it up on the site today HERE)
      Cheers for getting in touch with us!

  2. Re your question: Are you thinking of Evidence (2012)? Confusingly, there are two films by this name, both of which came out around the same time, and both are all or partly found footage. This one is the one that DOESN’T star Radha Mitchell and Stephen Moyer. Here’s the link to the Amazon Prime entry:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B06XDY1FV4/ref=atv_wtlp_wtl_8

    It’s not exactly about aliens, although I can see why one might remember it that way.

    Anyway, it does end up with a couple of characters running through an industrial-type landscape. I loved it, especially that last part, but many online critics found the typical FF set-up – annoying guy filming unlikable friends on a camping trip – to be off-putting.

    • That was a good movie Essex – I remember it well…but it wasn’t the one!
      Ended up being Report 51 (I threw it up on the site today HERE)
      Cheers for chipping in with the suggestion! 🙂

  3. Okay so this was pretty good. No complaints here whatsoever. I liked the character development as it really helped the horror of reality set in. As for the subtitles….allot of great stuff has them in foreign films, especially FF ones. Just look at Troll Hunter. In fact there’s a new FF movie I can’t wait to be subbed. A Korean flick called “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum.” It’s new so it’s still theaters so I may have to wait a while for it.

    • I like the sound of that Korean flick Albedo – that bunch are nuts when it comes to horror!!!

  4. Awesome find here, got a bit weird at the end, I guess i have a hard time believing exactly how far a person would go after days of food and water.. was wondering if anyone new the location of these caves/ if they’re even real, couldn’t find it anywhere online

    • I think the cave system actually exists in Formentera Kevin (near Ibiza)

    • “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.”
      -Alfred Henry Lewis

  5. Thanks for the great review Chris. I love those psychological thriller movies and I am happy to put up with subtitles if the movie is of high quality which it sounds like this is. Thanks also for not going into too much detail on what chaos ensues once panic sets in, although I am imagining what it must be now. I will definitely check this movie out this week while I still have some time off from work.

    • Hi there John, 

      Glad you enjoyed the review mate – hope you enjoy the film!!!!

  6. I’m not usually a fan of Found Footage movies but my girl has pushed me into them, and this seems really interesting.

    I would love to ask some relevant questions.

    1. How many hours does the movie run for?

    2. Can I get links to watch the movie?

    3. Considering the fact that I’m new to such kinda movies, would you recommend others for me?

    • Wow you certainly do have a few questions for me mate!

      Okay, running time – I’ve got no idea. These types of films usually go for the 80 to 90 minute mark. I can’t provide you with any links here as I don’t link to dodgy websites. 

      Another recommendation would be the classic Blair Witch Project – have you watched that before?

  7. Hello once again Chris, thanks for sharing this review. 

    Nice to learn that La Cueva has that believable feel, frighteningly believable you said. Sounds like one I have to watch if your review is anything to go by. I am going to grab myself a copy asap as I can’t wait to enjoy this seemingly interesting masterpiece.I will be back with a feedback after I have watched. Best regards

    • Hi there Victor – nice to chat once again!

      I wouldn’t call this a masterpiece, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. Look forward to hearing what you think about it! 

  8. Hi Chris,

    Awesome review! 

    I love Horror movies and to be honest I watch them a lot with my husband:) I’ve never heard of the La Cueva, it sounds fascinating! I can’t wait to see it. How can I get this movie? Is it possible to rent it or buy it somewhere? I didn’t see any link to the product and I really would like to see it.

    Thank you for this excellent review!

    • Hi Daniella, 

      I’m sorry I don’t leave links in my reviews – I’m not an affiliate of these movies (I make money from the adverts on this site instead!). You can easily find this online on a streaming service. 

  9. Well, I can’t help you with your search. Yet, I would like to say thank you for introducing me to the found footage sub genre. When I found your website, I was actually playing around and trying to find movies in which a cave or a cavern played the central role in the film. Exploring a cave can be an amazing adventure.  Yet, I have always thought it would be extremely scary to get lost in one. Even more so if you lost your light source.   

    I’ll have to check out this movie. I’ve been trying to improve my Spanish, so this movie would help with that also.  Given the tight quarters in a cave, it does seem like using a found footage route is an excellent way to present the story in a believable way. Thanks for this review. 

    • Hi Sondra – great to meet you! 

      Hope you end up liking the genre (and the movie) as much as I do! 🙂

  10. Hi Chris. Yes, I have seen La Cueva which I felt was good and also bad at times. Somewhere midway the plot fails! What I found interesting was the way the movie trying to portray how human emotions surface in adversities and what extent can we go go to in order to survive 🙂 I rate the movie 2.5 out of 5.

    • Hi there Rudolph!

      No problems mate – that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it! At what point did you feel that the plot had failed?

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