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Plot: Based on the popular Swiss myth of the Sennetunishchi – a love doll made out of straw and cloth by lonely herdsman living in the mountains. The dolls are said to come alive during the night and satisfy any need the men may have, but they also have a very dark side and their companionship comes at a price. In this film, a mysterious woman appears in a small Swiss village and townsfolk suspect she is a Sennetunishchi.
Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps is an excellent, lesser-known horror/mystery film from Switzerland directed Michael Steiner and set in the Swiss Alps.
What we liked:
- Layered storyline which keeps you guessing if what you’re seeing is supernatural or simply a case of misunderstandings and mass religious hysteria.
- Clever time-play which constantly switches from past to present to add to mystery of the story.
- Beautiful cinematography, as you you may expect from its setting.
What we didn’t like:
- While there are a few disturbing scenes, this is more of a supernatural mystery than a true horror movie, which may turn off those looking for gore and jump scares.
If you read the plot and thought, “This sounds kind of silly,” I don’t blame you, but there’s actually a great deal of depth to this story and a suspenseful ambiguity that will keep you engaged throughout the film. Highly recommended.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Sennentuntschi is available on DVD and Blu-ray with English subtitles. Check out Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps in the IMDB: