Para Elisa (2012) Movie Review

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2012 | Thriller
75 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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Para Elisa Review


When a Spanish student needs money for her senior trip, she applies for a babysitting job, unaware of the circumstances. Can she stay alive, save her best friend, and still make her senior trip?

Para Elisa (2012) is a Spain thriller horror movie that is also known as For Elisa and was filmed in Cuenca, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Director and writer Juanra Fernandez did not succeed at executing her first full-length film. I gave this movie a four for the effort, gore, tension, creep factor, sets, soundtracks and because the storyline was a little interesting. I also applaud the director for doing a great job developing the characters and for exploring the killer, so we have a better understanding of her. It was sad that the movie was too much of a cliche to other movies and did not have enough meat to stand out from the rest of its kind. The special effects were mediocre but can be due to a small budget and inexperience. With all said, there were a few gut-wrenching scenes that should not be seen with a full stomach in Ana’s house of terrors.

Para Elisa revolves around Ana (Ona Casamiquela - Un golpe de suerte (2009), Eva (2011), Mas negro que la noche (2014)) who is a college student that is majoring in a Fine Arts. Ana needs money and accepts a job as a nanny/caretaker for the daughter of a wealthy former piano player. The catch is that the daughter Elisa (Ana Turpin - Love in Difficult Times (2005), Geminis, venganza de amor (2002), Hot Milk (2005)) is mentally challenged, and the house that she lives in is filled with dolls and antique things that give you creepy vibes. Ana needs the money for her post-graduation trip to Madeira, Portugal so that she can also celebrate with her friends and thinks that the Elisa will not be that hard to take care.

Elisa is not a child but appears to be about the same age as Ana and is dressed up as an antique doll. Elisa has so much anger in her that is built over several years of being tormented physically. Elisa’s mother had spiked Ana’s drink before she had the chance to escape from the terrifying house. The movie becomes somewhat intense after Elisa’s mother who is also the employer of Ana kidnaps Ana because she does not want to let go of her. Ana awakens to find herself dressed similarly to Elisa with not much vocal voice and limited function of body limbs. The sick mama kidnapped Ana so that her daughter can have a permanent playdate.

Will Ana survive the horrid nightmare she entered?

About Para Elisa 2012

Title: Para Elisa
Original Title: For Elise
Year: 2012
Runtime: 75 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
Starring: Sandra Soler, Ona Casamiquela, Enrique Villén, Ana Turpin, Luisa Gavasa, Jesús Caba, Sheila Ponce, Javier Pereira, Pep Anton Muñoz, Pablo Viña, Frederic Tomàs, Rafa Núñez, Daniela Costa, Abraham Mestre, Oscar Salcedo
Writers: Juanra Fernández
Director: Juanra Fernández