Before arriving on its streaming service, Shudder has released the official trailer to writer/director Issa Lopez’s critically acclaimed Tigers Are Not Afraid. After picking up awards at film festivals, Tigers Are Not Afraid will be making its highly anticipated debut in the United States!
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a moving portrait of the dire circumstances of the children left behind by Mexico’s brutal drug wars. Estrella (Paolo Lara) is ten-years-old and alone. Given three magical wishes, she asks first that her missing mother come back, and she does…from the dead. Fearful of the ghost she believes she’s invoked, Estrella escapes to the streets and earns her way into a gang of other children, who have been orphaned by two young orphans (Paola Lara and Juan Ramón López) on a supernatural-tinged flight from the cartel who killed their parents.. But soon Estrella discovers you can never really leave the dead behind.
Here are 5 reasons we love the official trailer to Tigers Are Not Afraid on Shudder:
5) The Kids!
I’m usually not keen on seeing young children act because I feel they’re just starting and have lots to learn. I believe Dakota Fanning (I am Sam) is a rare exception because how many can say they went to acting school taught by Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Penn. I think I’m going to add the Paolo Lara as that rare exceptions because she has a lot of drama to deal with, such as being an orphan and gang violence.
4) The Tiger!
I love the title, Tigers Are Not Afraid, but I didn’t know before it was going to be significant. Notice how director Issa Lopez blends magical realism with reality. There’s a painting of a tiger coming to life on a wall!
3) The Rave Reviews!
As we perviously mentioned, It author Stephen King described the feature as “both tough and touching. Two minutes in, I was under its spell.” Filmmaker Guillmero Del Toro also called Lopez “a fantastic new voice in the genre.”
In the narrative, and in the footage itself, we see two young orphans (Paola Lara and Juan Ramón López) on the run from the cartel. The adults are the Big Bad in this movie! I’m interested in seeing how the movie deals with the effects of the drug wars on the Mexican town.
1) Horror Folklore
It’s a children’s coming-of-age tale and a horror story that doesn’t skimp out on the scares. I Can’t wait to see this movie!
Tigers Are Not Afraid will premiere on Shudder and have a theatrical run starting August 23rd, 2019.