“The Untamed” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

20 August, 2017

Director: Amat Escalante
Screenwriters: Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela
Director of Photography: Manuel Alberto Claro
Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Ruth Ramos

Synopsis: A love triangle involving a man, his wife, and her brother unravels in a grotesque fashion after a tentacled monster with the power to provide the ultimate sexual experience slithers into their lives with unclear intentions.

The Untamed Review:

A creature feature with an unspeakable perspective on what it means to be alive, “The Untamed” is quite possibly the strangest melodrama to hit theatres in over three decades, employing the kind of cross-species copulation made famous by Andrzej Zulawski’s “Possession” without helming the emotional weight held by Isabelle Adjani’s iconic subway breakdown sequence. While the movie delivers the double penetration and multiple lacerations that one might expect from a Cronenbergian body horror, it struggles to find a reason to tarnish its aesthetic, opting instead for a concept that would be better suited to a Carlos Reygadas art piece than a fully-fledged horror movie.

An unusual film about the invisible line between danger and desire, “The Untamed” is a throbbing metaphor for the primate hidden deep within the unconscious mind, drawing attention to the monster within all of us as tentacles ooze across skin, pulsating inside every orifice with a yearning for the pleasures of the flesh. Toying with the deepest and most reprehensible aspects of existence, the film transcends the restrictions of humanity, morality, and sexuality, throwing itself into the belly of the beast and waiting to be chosen as either partner or prey while entering into a bizarre science-fiction experiment.

Landing love bites and severing vital organs, “The Untamed” feasts on the bodies of submissive victims, mapping the heroin-like devastation of unadulterated pleasures alongside a parallel tale of a love affair charged purely by sexual desire. Suggesting that the monster inside the human psyche snaps as willingly as it embraces, the movie highlights the similarities between abuse and affection while homosexual urges rewrite the code of a heterosexual relationship, leaving three characters utterly lost as they traverse an uncertain path towards an impossible future. Erratic, poetic, and utterly insane, “The Untamed” is a psychosexual question more than it is a definitive answer to anything that its strange universe has to offer.


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