We’ve run two trailers for the home invasion film Kidnapped in the past, but it’s possible that you’ve passed over them. In the past few weeks, however, the buzz among horror enthusiasts has risen steadily in relation to the film — it seems like every time I hit a site that covers films like Kidnapped there is someone writing with gusto about their reaction to the movie. It’s a pretty simple setup: a small family’s evening is violently disrupted when masked men invade their home. There are a couple of unique things about the movie, and it evidently builds to an insane conclusion.
IFC is releasing it in June, and there is a new trailer to accompany that release. But be warned: the Spanish-language film is not subtitled, but dubbed in this trailer. I don’t understand that at all — the dubbing is simply awful. So you may want to watch the last Spanish trailer that was released, which I’ve also embedded after the break.
UPDATE: IFC wrote me this morning to say that the original dubbed trailer posted to Apple was a mistake, and that it has been replaced with the proper dubbed one.
Here’s the trailer, and if you’d like and want no more detail then skip the text that follows and just keep an eye out for when IFC puts Kidnapped in some theaters on June 17. Or, if the idea of dubbing puts you off, skip down to the next embed.
[I've removed this embed pending an available one without crappy dubbing -- hit the Apple links above or below to see the new subtitled one.]
Part of the lore around Kidnapped is that director Miguel Angel Vivas constructed the film out of only twelve long-take shots. That’s a technique that fails more often than it succeeds, but when it comes to putting an audience in this particular scenario, most viewers so far seem to think that the trick works quite well. Germain reviewed Kidnapped for Collider at Fantastic Fest in 2010, calling it “a technical marvel with some incredible performances.”
Apple has the HD trailer and the following synopsis, but you’ll probably want to just watch the earlier subtitled trailer that I’ve posted below.
Jaime (Fernando Cayo) and Marta (Ana Wagener) are a middle-aged couple with a teenage daughter named Isa (Manuela Velles). The family is in the process of moving into a big new house. Marta wants to gather the family for dinner at home to celebrate. Isa has her own plans; she wants to go out with her boyfriend. Jaime is stuck in the middle of it all. Everyone’s evening is ruined when a gang of masked hoodlums pay a visit to the home.