Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil is based on one of the oldest folk stories in Europe. Based in the Basque region this dark and disturbing tale tells of a man (the blacksmith) whose soul belongs to the Devil. He tricks a demon sent by the devil to take him to Hell. He entraps the demon, evading the Devil and the fires of Hell that await him. Then one day a small girl enters the blacksmith's world and sets the demon free after being tricked by the malevolent being. When a strange government agent turns up in the village, things take a turn for the worst.
This dark gothic horror tale is a masterpiece of storytelling. It fully immerses the audience into Basque folk fantasy. All modern horror originates from these old mythical stories of demons, witches and monsters. So it is truly magical to be transported back into one of the oldest tales of all. It is incredibly refreshing to have a real story packed full of moral lessons. This is nothing like the formulaic Hollywood horrors that we are bombarded with.
Director Paul Urkijo Alijo wanted to create a movie that transported the audience back to childhood. Many of these mythical stories would have been told to children and this film does have a feel of a childhood fable. It is laced with dark humour but there is some extremely brutal imagery and very dark scenes too. As with all good stories, this has a great introduction then leads you to a dramatic end and what a finale this story has.
Filmax International created this movie which was shot in Spain and with an all Spanish cast. Kandido Uranga plays the Blacksmith and Eneko Sagardyas plays the Demon. Both are real standouts. The style of this movie is spectacular. The detail involved with the blacksmith's workshop is amazing and the lighting and camera work is perfect. The direction is excellent and weaves all of these elements together seamlessly. Thankfully none of the story was neglected in the process.
Overall this is easily one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. It brings the wonders of the old myths to life in a fantastic theatrical way. There are some very dark scenes, however it is told in a way that does not leave you unable to sleep for weeks! This could well be a great choice for a Halloween party. Just make sure you have a bell at hand when you do.