I honestly wasn't sure what to expect with "The Corpse of Anna Fritz". Even after watching the disturbing trailer numerous times. Even after multiple visits to the official website and reading the statement by Director HÈCTOR HERNÁNDEZ VICENS.
I half expected some kind of zombie themed take on the revenge sub-genre quite frankly, but only a few minutes in, it was apparent that all my pre-conceived notions and expectations were not only wrong, but way off the mark.
And I'm glad for that.
Without giving too much away, the film is about 3 young men, on what appears to be a night not out of the ordinary, putting themselves in a situation that calls for behavior they otherwise would never have exhibited. By taking a show-and-tell of the fresh corpse of Anna Fritz too far and subsequently, getting caught with their pants down, these three men end up facing decisions that would have very permanent ramifications.
And Anna Fritz plays a huge part of course; being the actor turned not-so-dead corpse, she's given another chance to live. And we find her utilizing, all her abilities as an actor, in order to hold onto that second lease on life. A performance of lifetime as it were.
The setup then, leaves the viewer in a very uncomfortable position. While obviously, defiling a corpse isn't your typical 'dare' (quite the understatement), we can all relate with taking something that seemed at the time like harmless but improper fun, too far. It's this honesty in fact that draws the viewer in so close, and allows you to go on this ride almost as a participant. It's also what allows the suspense and thrill to work so well (not to speak less of the great performance by the cast).
All the motivations are setup fairly early; and there is a necessity for each person born out of earlier actions, to fall further down the rabbit hole - all that's left is to watch with bated breath; and see how it all plays out.
In any event the result isn't pretty, but it's certainly always memorable; Anna Fritz will have as much impact on the viewer as she has on her assailants; whether she's alive or not.