Friday Night Flix: Timecrimes

timecrimes1Welcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Each week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every selection is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.

This week, our world tour of unheralded cinema takes us to lovely Espana. That’s almost how you write “Spain” in Spanish, except I couldn’t figure out how to make the tilde. My high school Spanish teacher would be so proud. Hola Senor Poole! The movie is Timecrimes, a/k/a Los Cronocrimenes (Netflix, $2.99 on Amazon), and it comes from awesomely-named Iberian auteur Nacho Vigalondo. I dare you to say that name and not smile. NachooooVigalondo! See?

timecrimes2Timecrimes, released in 2007, calls to mind 2004’s Primer, a movie that blew my mind so hard I owe it money. Timecrimes is nowhere near as chaotic or thought-provoking as Primer, focusing far less the science of temporal symmetry, and more on grim psychological thrills. That’s not to say it’s dumbed down. Rather the thought puzzles created in Timecrimes – and there are plenty – are driven by the characters, whereas Primer’s impressive mental calisthenics were an end in and of themselves.

Timecrimes may also remind folks of the very competent nautical horror flick Triangle, given its similar construction. But Triangle came out two years after Timecrimes, so it would be unfair to say Vigalondo borrowed anything. That would be absurd because to do so would require him to be able to go back in time and…wait a minute.

timecrimes3Added bonus: Totally unnecessary nudity! Why is that hot chick in the movie? Who is she? Why is she naked?? These are but a few of the mind-bending riddles Timecrimes will answer. OR WILL IT?

(It will.)

3 thoughts on “Friday Night Flix: Timecrimes

  1. You may be able to help me: Nearly 30 years ago, I saw a commercial on television for a horror movie. On a gloomy afternoon in New England, a woman in her living room views a porcelain doll standing in the middle of the road. Intrigued, she approaches the doll and touches its face. The doll grabs the woman (not coming to life, just clenches her blouse). The woman cannot break the grip and is further horrified to discover the doll is somehow affixed to the road. A truck comes down the road towards the frantic, screaming woman…then camerawork indicating impact…then the title of the movie, which my memory has erased. Any guesses? My online searches have not borne fruit.


    • Holy smokes, I have no idea but it sounds intriguing. It’s not Dolls, is it? I haven’t seen it but it sounds a little similar. I have the same aversion to dolls (ESPECIALLY ventriloquist dummies) that some people have toward clowns, so I’ll probably never know for sure.


      • Yes, I saw “Dolls”, but I saw the commercial long before 1987, when “Dolls” was released. When I saw the commercial, I remember my excitement, shouting at Mom, “I’m gonna see that!”, with her reply, “You’re in the 2nd grade; no, you will not!” 2nd grade puts me at 1983-84. <—-I recall vividly THESE grisly details of discourse, but I cannot remember the title!! GRRR…



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