Terror 5 DVD Review

Written by Robert Gold

DVD released by Artsploitation Films

Directed by Sebastián and Federico Rotstein
Written by Sebastián Rotstein and Nicolas Gueilburt
2016, 78 minutes, Not Rated
Released on April 2nd, 2019

Rafael Ferro as Palacios Augusto
Jorge Prado as Miguel Aquino
Gastón Cocchiarale as Bruno
Juan Barberini as Lucio
Agustin Rittano as Paulo
Cecilia Cartasegna as Gaby
Augusto Alvarez as Juan



Set against the backdrop of political unrest in contemporary Argentina, Terror 5 is an anthology film of sorts that intercuts five short stories – all set on the same night in Buenos Aires. We open with news coverage of government officials on trial in the wake of a tragic building collapse. Buses of mourners converge on the local cemetery where they await verdicts on those held accountable. From there we travel to a local high school where Juan (sometimes called John) meets a girl after hours who wants to show him something exciting. Inside we see students taking over and punishing their teachers. Juan has been held back a year and seeks revenge on the professor who flunked him. Next we meet a group of teens hanging out in an apartment, drinking and smoking pot. Their attention frequently shifts to a socially awkward kid they dub “Cherry”, taking turns bullying him. Elsewhere in the city, a young couple checks into a sleazy motel for some hot sex, while not too far away in our final story two men are on the phone plotting to swap girlfriends.

All five of these tales plod along for the majority of their run time before reaching their climax, but none are particularly captivating and all end in disappointment. The first two thirds of Terror 5 is spent setting up each scenario, but we don’t spend enough time with any particular anecdote to grow truly invested in the characters or the plot. The stories would benefit from a more traditional anthology format of telling each narrative individually in full before moving on to the next and closing out with a wraparound segment that links them all. That being said, the piece is very well-edited with the episodes blending seamlessly, but the coverage is uneven with the majority of screen time spent on the unnamed kids hanging out bagging on their “friend”. This unfortunately is the weakest of the stories and is filled with incessant chitchat by an abusive douchebag wearing KISS make-up.


Terror 5 is a film full of holes, as the creators are more intent on delivering style rather than substance – and they are short on style. In one unexplained twist following the verdict of the government officials in the building collapse case, the mourners suddenly turn into bloodthirsty zombies with glowing eyes seeking revenge. There is no explanation as to how or why this happens, it just does. A videotaped snuff film loosely connects the jerky teens with the couple in the motel room, but this link is tenuous at best. All of these stories share the same geographic location on the same night, but any attempt to tie them together is quickly abandoned. The worst offender is the first story of Juan, the schoolboy exacting revenge on a teacher. Once the act is done we never return to him, leaving the endeavor empty and pointless.

Sebastián and Federico Rotstein direct this wandering collection of tedious tales that amount to little more than gratuitous time wasters. There are some nice images, like that of a zombie carrying the Argentine flag to the capitol building, but these sparks of creativity are too few to satisfy. Even at a brisk 78-minutes, the film has trouble overcoming its padding as there is little focus or any throughline to keep viewers’ attention. There are few moments of graphic violence which are rewarding, but they are over quickly and give little payoff. Terror 5 fails to connect on most levels due to its weak script and lack of vision, making for an exercise in frustration. I wish I could have liked it more than I did but cannot recommend anything more than catching it on a streaming service.


Video and Audio:

The 2.35:1 widescreen image is crisp and clean and full of detail with strong colors and natural flesh tones throughout.

Both a Spanish language Dolby digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo mix provide a quality presentation of well-balanced audio. Music cues are full and dialogue levels are clean and free from distortion.

Optional English subtitles are included for anyone in need.


Special Features:

The only special feature offered is the original theatrical trailer.



Movie: Cover
Overall: 1.5 Star Rating

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Robert Gold
Staff Reviewer
Robert's favorite genres include horror (foreign and domestic), Asian cinema and pornography (foreign and domestic). His ability to seek out and enjoy shot on video (SOV) horror movies is unmatched. His love of films with a budget under $100,000 is unapologetic.
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