I did not expect a lot from a Spanish movie, but this one is really awaste of time. The story start of with modern time, but somewhere inthe middle, it transferred the time zone into the past. I guess theidea was to give a background information, but very unfortunate, themovie itself consist mainly of the background information andcompletely forget about the present story at the beginning of themovie. At one point of time, I was even expecting a Harry Potter partcoming out from the past. And then when you started to enjoy the story,they decided that the movie is long enough and cut the story short andleaving you with more question....User: David Traversa
First of all, I want to say that I was flabbergasted by anotherviewer's comments (there are only 4), when he says "I didn't expectmuch from a Spanish movie"...I can't believe it!! Are Canadians sobrainwashed by the Hollywood system that they can't appreciate Europeancinema?? I could mention a long list of Spanish jewels in movie-making,that Hollywood would have wished to have produced itself!! Pityful thiskind of comment, and extremely unfortunate. I consider Spanishmovie-making among the best in the world (of course they produce badmovies, like anybody else, but I'm considering the top Spanishdirectors, actors, etc. when I make this comment). Maybe in Canada theyonly show very old Spanish movies, from Franco's time, when censorshipmade them produce horrendous movies. But to the point: "La HerenciaValdemar" isn't on a par with the Spanish movies that I have seen andwould love to offer in a list to my fellow critic, but even so, it'svery watchable, very entertaining. The Victorian atmosphere is superblydone, the costumes flawless, the props, and the mansion, absolutelymagnificent, as are the grounds where it was built. The "monster" isvery-very effective and the lighting --superb-- helps a lot to thesense of mystery when the film deals with the happenings during the19th Century. It's really a pity that we have to wait for the sequel toknow the ending. I recommend it because it's clever and veryentertaining, although far from being a masterpiece.User: creek-marzetti
This movie was okay. Not a complete waste of time if you have time towaste. The Gothic atmosphere and the Spanish country side were creepyand beautiful. From the start, I knew it wasn't going to be amasterpiece just purely from the way the woman walked into her boss'soffice like she was on a runway. This movie starts with modern timesand 15 minutes in, we get what I assumed was going to be a flashbackbut was really the meat of the story. The actors in the olden times aremuch better comparably to the modern day actors in terms of acting.Also, this is apparently part one and there will be a part two, fromthe looks of the preview after the movie finished. It feels more like aserial than a movie.
As to the plot, like the previous reviewer stated, they forgot aboutthe modern times after one of the characters starts telling a storyabout what happened in the past that made the place haunted, so therereally is no story or plot for the modern part of the movie. The plotregarding the origination of the haunting was decent, was spooky atsome parts, but it still felt lacking. I guess you have to watch bothparts in order to really get the crux of the movie.
This movie is not self contained.
"La Herencia Valdemar (Valdemar's Heritage) is the first of a two-partstory based on tale written by H. P. Lovecraft. It's the last pictureof Spanish actor Paul Naschy whom career is linked to terror (speciallywith his classical character "Waldemar Daninsky". It is a very goodfilm, with many topics of Cthulhu stories but in the good side. Filmhas two parts, one in present time, when the character of SilviaAbascal has to make a study about the value of an ancient mansion(Valdemar House); the second one is in the 19th century, and explainsthe origin of the mansion. There are many little things for smiling, asthe names of some minor characters or the handle of the staff ofEusebio Poncela character. An interesting point is the fact that thefilm had no public money, a good exception in Spanish cinema. Secuel ofthe film is now in post-production.User: jrgirones
The majority of critics have been unfair to this movie. This is a nicehomage to the classics of the terror genre and to the world ofLovecraft. Aficionados will enjoy the references with delight.
The story is well told and interesting enough, and though it leavessome loose ends (the second installment will see the light on October),the main story (told in a large flashback) concludes in a spectacularclimax that is something to be seen.
The production values are top notch.
The only setbacks are some pieces of dialog, too long and literary,that drag the pace in the middle section.
All in all, this is a remarkable first feature from director Jos? LuisAlem?n.