The ivory
(EL MARFIL) 2004

Director: Guillermo Bergandi & Martin Mendez

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

Roberto (Agustin Lozano) returns from India to his friend's family in Spain, bringing with him The Ivory (El Marfil, 2004), a chunk of carved elephant tusk associated with a curse.

The ivory grants three wishs but the third must be for death. Roberto wants to bury the horrific object, so why he even exposed the family to it at all is a mystery. George (Enrique Liporace) is predictably enough tempted by the wishes tempted by the possibility of the wishes.

The father & his son Danny (played by co-director Guillermo Bergand) wish for 25,000 dinaro. Soon after Danny is killed at the factory, with exactly that much insurance.

Following fairly closely W. W. Jacobs' tale of "The Monkey's Paw," why it's turned into an ivory is unclear, as the change adds nothing special.

Because the short story is only good for about a half-hour film, it needed something slipped in for complication sake in order to justify feature length. Alas the main thing added is endless inane jabbering.

There's some random stock footage of Africa tossed in for a flashback that I guess was supposed to be India, making it seem like real dumbasses put this thing together. It's a very dull film overall, despite an attempt to do something moody & literate rather than just repeat Spanish horror's typical gory exploitation.

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