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Lovecraftian Horror Movie Review: The Untamed (2016), A Mexican Tentacle Sex Monster Movie!

Posted by Harbinger451 on April 2, 2018

The Lovecraftian CategoryThe Untamed (Amat Escalante, Mexico. 2016), A Mexican Tentacle Sex Monster Movie!

Fair Warning: this article discusses a film which features an explicit tentacle sex monster, if this concept makes you uncomfortable in any way THEN YOU ARE ADVISED THAT CONTINUING TO READ FROM THIS POINT FORWARD IS TO UNNECESSARILY INFLICT PSYCHIC DISTRESS UPON YOURSELF! Perhaps you could look at pictures of kittens in baskets instead, as this is clearly not the film for you.

The Untamed (2016)

For those made of sterner stuff, let us begin as the film does with an asteroid in space. Then we immediately cut to a naked woman – aroused? post-coital? disappointed? – with a tentacle being suggestively withdrawn from her pubic region. We do not see that to which the tentacle is attached. The story folds out from this point onwards, bringing in well drawn characters and letting us get to know them, their secrets and sins, all beautifullly acted in a low key, naturalistic fashion. The tentacled thing is being studied by the scientist who happened across it, it is a lodger in his home and various people visit it there throughout the film but not for the purpose of furthering scientific knowledge. We only begin to see it clearly three quarters of the way through the 98 minute running time where puppetry and CGI are to used to spectacular effect, one scene in particular reminding this reviewer of the great Hokusai‘s extraordinary wood-block printed design, ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife’. It is however, never made clear what the being is, or what its purpose may be, though we learn the Lovecraftian fashion of its arrival leading to another eye-popping scene by which even Bosch himself would find himself impressed. This tentacled being – presumably The Untamed of the title, though it could equally apply to our initial female protagonist – can, like Satan give both great pleasure and great pain, although whether it knows the difference we never discover.

The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife

“The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife” by Hokusai (1814).

The pacing is slower than much genre fare, perhas due to its arthouse leanings but the story is fascinating and well told, beautifully shot and acted, covering such diverse subjects as loneliness, closeted homosexuality, psychedelia, domestic violence, addiction, existentialism and perhaps the film’s true subject is familial expectations, dynamics and conflict. For those with eyes to see, it is worth it purely for the two tremendous scenes previously mentioned. Perhaps it would not be an honour sought out by the film maker but fans of Japanese tentacle porn will surely find in this their favourite non-porn film ever. This is a film that takes a Lovecraftian idea places that there is no evidence Lovecraft ever went – or even dreamed of – himself.

Watch the trailer here:

Original Title: La región salvaje! [The Wild Region!]
Runtime: 98 min – Colour – Spanish Language.
The Lovecraftian’s Rating: 6/10 (Pretty Good) – slow, but extremely well made and acted, this movie is probably not for everyone. An erotic Lovecraftian kitchen-sink drama that is well worth a watch for those who are broadminded enough to appreciate it.

Buy The Untamed on DVD or Blu-ray at Amazon.com
Buy The Untamed on DVD or Blu-ray at Amazon.co.uk

Please feel free to comment on this review – or, if you’ve seen the movie, add your own review – by replying to this post.

Go HERE for a full list of Lovecraftian film and TV adaptations. We have an expanding section of our website dedicated to The Lovecraftian – purveyor of all the latest news, updates, chatter and trends from the field of Lovecraft lore – the man, his works and his weird worlds of Yog-Sothothery.  Stay up-to-date with the news and join The Lovecraftian’s adventurous expeditions into the world of the Cthulhu Mythos by following him on Twitter where fact and fiction become entwined! The Lovecraftian’s main webpage can be found HERE.

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For the uninitiated:

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an influential and prolific American writer of early twentieth century cosmic horror fiction who saw himself chiefly as a poet – though many believe that it is his immense body of often literary correspondence that is in fact his greatest accomplishment – he wrote over 100,000 letters in his lifetime. He inspired a veritable legion of genre writers then, and to this day, to set their fiction within his strange cultish world.

The Cthulhu Mythos: Lovecraft, somewhat light-heartedly, labelled the “Mythos” that he created in his body of work Yog-Sothothery – and also, on rare occasions, referred to his series of connected stories as the Arkham Cycle. It was his friend August Derleth who coined the term “Cthulhu Mythos” (named after one of the monstrous beings that featured in Lovecraft’s tales) to encapsulate his epic vision of a chaotic and dark universe filled with unspeakable horror.

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One Response to “Lovecraftian Horror Movie Review: The Untamed (2016), A Mexican Tentacle Sex Monster Movie!”

  1. mike lee said

    This sly and subversive allegorical body horror from the Mexican director of Heli is about the universal drives and addictions that power us all through life


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