No festival of the fantastic would be complete without a dollop of suspense from Spain, and the London Film Festival appears to have picked up a doozy for its Cult strand with Oriol Paulo’s The Body (El Cuerpo).

A nightwatchman is accidentally killed while fleeing (in terror it has to be said) from the morgue where he worked.

When the police arrive to take stock, they discover the recently deceased body of a young woman has disappeared in strange circumstances, and before long they are trying to unravel  the mystery not only of her death, but of the missing corpse.

A heady mix of detective thriller, classic noir and straight-up horror, The Body also includes a healthy side of humour to keep things ticking over nicely.

Paulo moves into direction after penning a number of recent projects, most notably the excellent nerve-jangler Julia’s Eyes.

And the helmer also brings the star of that vehicle, Belen Rueda, along for the ride here, along with the likes of Jose Coronado and Hugo Silva.

The Body plays at the festival on the 17 and 18 of October.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.