SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Corpse Of Anna Fritz’ Is A New Cult Classic


Film: The Corpse Of Anna Fritz
Starring: Albert Carbó, Alba Ribas
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens

Anna Fritz is dead. A tabloid favorite, the young film icon who has worked with seemingly everyone in Hollywood has passed away from causes not yet known and her remains are currently being kept in a discreet location. One hospital worker cannot help snapping a quick photo of the deceased star for his two closest friends, and soon those same friends show up at his work. They both want to see Anna in person. One even wants to touch her. She’s dead after all, so as long as no one knows they’re in the morgue nothing can go wrong, right?

Wrong. So, so wrong.

What could arguably be written off as general curiosity mixed with a dash of celebrity obsession soon evolves into something far more sinister. As soon as the friends find themselves alone with Anna they cannot help question what it would be like to be with her. Before long, asking “what if?” is no longer enough for two in the group, and there in the basement of a random hospital they decide to have their way with Anna Fritz. They have know idea what will happen next, and when you see this film neither will you.

The Corpse Of Anna Fritz is the first must-see film of 2015 for anyone who claims to have seen it all. Created by Hèctor Hernández Vicens and Isaac P. Creus, the film begins by exploring one of the most morbid sex acts known to man and soon transitions into a thrilling tale of horror so terrifically executed that I would feel horrible revealing even a single additional plot detail. I had one idea where the film may head, and that direction was largely rooted in the plot of Deadgirl, but what I experienced was something wholly unique to this feature. When the first twist occurs, everything you think you know is proven false, and from that point forward there is a constant sense that literally anything may happen.

Perhaps even more impressive than the original plot found within The Corpse Of Anna Fritz is the sheer watchability of the film considering the morbid subject matter at the center of everything taking place on screen. If you can get through the whole necrophilia thing, which I know will not be a simple task for many, there is so much more to this story and the characters within it than you could ever imagine. Vices and Creus have crafted something that somehow touches on the darkest corners of the fetish world while also serving as a grim reminder of the strengths that bond best friends. Add to this the fact it’s gorgeous to look at, well paced, and acted in such a way even those too lazy to read subtitles would likely be able to understand the gist of what is happening, and you have a recipe for something truly great.

There is nothing that can prepare you for The Corpse Of Anna Fritz, and that is exactly why you need to see it as soon as you are able. There are many unique independent features brought to festivals and VOD markets every year, but only a finite few have the perfect combination of talent, story, and production craftsmanship to deliver something that is both compelling and memorable. The Corpse Of Anna Fritz is one such film, and I absolutely cannot wait to see it again.


Review written by James Shotwell

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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