Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is the horror film, Old Ways. It’s from Dark Star Pictures.
Old Way stars Brigitte Kali Canales, Julia Vera, Sal Lopez and Andrea Cortes.
Old Ways is a modern day Exorcist, but with Central American traditions.
Christina (Canales) is a journalist (and a heroine addict) who heads to Mexico to do a story on some caves found near the town she was born and raised in. While there (alone I might add), she gets kidnapped and imprisoned by man and an elderly woman. The woman is known as a bruja (witch).
Christina’s Mexican family believes that she might be possessed by an demon, and have enlisted the bruja (Vera) and her assistant (Lopez) to extract the demon using traditional methods.
Christina thinks that they are wrong, and demands that they release her, but to no avail. Instead, she is faced with various rituals meant to force the demon out of her, including drinking A LOT of goats milk, and some very painful, bloody situations.
Are these people wrong about Christina, or is Christina in the dark as to why she is there? To find out, you need to check out Old Ways. Look for it on Blu-ray, DVD and/or digital platforms.
I am a huge fan of the horror genre. I have mentioned that many times over the years on my site. It takes A LOT to truly impress me. Sadly, about 90% of horror movies I am sent to review and just silly, or they try to be as gross as possible and not scary at all. This movie surprised me.
As far as the story line goes, it’s interesting. I don’t know why they brought her drug addiction into the picture. I don’t see how it had an effect on the storyline. I did, however, find the rituals used to try and expel a demon from her very interesting. I’m not sure if there is any truth behind them, or they were completely made up, but I did find them unique.
If you don’t like “jump scares,” then be forewarned. There are several jump scares in this film that I was impressed by . They didn’t scare me (I’m “immune” from stuff like that), but I can see others being scared right out of their socks with these jump scares. Kudos to the film makers for those. Bravo!
This movie can be gross in some parts. It’s not non-stop grossness, like some of today’s horror movies, but when it’s gross – it’s gross! I won’t go into details, but let’s just say there is a “surgery-like” part of the film that looks really painful. There is also another scene where Christina throws up one heck of a “hairball.” Ha Ha.
The acting was really good. I can’t say that one actor stood out more than the others, but if I had to pick one, it would be Julia Vera as the old witch.
The film did drag at parts, which was OK I suppose. I think the movie could have been a little shorter to cut out some of the parts where it dragged, but the film is less than an hour an a half long, so if you cut out too much it would make the film considerably shorter.
I must say that the movie was NOT predictable, which I really appreciate. There is nothing worse than knowing what is going to happen long before it does. I didn’t find anything predictable about this film.
As far as the ending, I’m on the fence as to whether or not I liked it. The movie could have ended with Christina and her cousin (Cortes), but instead it went past that, showing an ending that I didn’t foresee happening. I don’t know if I really like the ending or not, but I guess it’s a better ending than an alternative (Christina returning to L.A. after her experiences in Mexico).
If you are looking for a different kind of a horror movie, one that is actually entertaining, check out Old Ways. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.