By Mark ZUNIGA, Lynette ALEMAN


Social issues - Post-Production 2018

Itztli has watched his tribe disappear and the Spanish take over. He will soon discover the roots he protects, grow from forbidden ground.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Horror, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mark ZUNIGA, Lynette ALEMAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Mark ZUNIGA
    • Producer(s)
    • Lynette ALEMAN (Cheval Noir Films)
    • Synopsis
    • ‘Cuerpo’ is the story of Itztli, a young man whose desires come with a price. Living with his mother, Itztli has witnessed the Spaniards moving in and taking over his people’s land. Even more frustrating for him is that his people are okay with it. Slowly they are converted to the new religion and willingly work for the Spaniards that have built a hacienda nearby. But Itztli has a plan to work for himself - to be a successful farmer he will take claim to the land that his father holds a deed to. His mother is against the plan, his friends are cautious, and the Spaniards are suspicious of the circumstances that this deed came to be. As he gets to work, Itztli uncovers secrets that should have remained buried. But something else has stirred awake in the lands his late father holds a claim to, something dark and sinister. And it has followed Itztli home.
      This is not a horror film of jump scares or high body counts, this is New England Gothic transplanted to the South. We will capture the beauty of the Texas landscape, creating visuals as striking as those in Terrence Malick’s ‘Days of Heaven’, but also the danger of nature itself, referencing man versus nature and relationship themes as in Colin Eggleston’s horror film ‘Long Weekend’. The consequence of hidden secrets will be an underlying theme for the story as well as the sin of pride and greed.
      As the story unfolds and releases its dark secrets, the beauty of the world will slowly change into a nightmare filled with dread, using German Expressionistic techniques to present the dangers hiding in the shadows such as in F.W. Murnau’s ‘Nosferatu’. Characters will change as they learn the truth, hitting emotional beats similar to Georges Franju’s ‘Eyes Without a Face’. By the end all will be affected and changed, a tragic fate caused by poisoning the land with blood and gold.