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El Quiosco del Tefefono

SEMINAL SHORT horror film of indeterminate Spanish origin, premiered in the UK on BBC2 in Royal Wedding ’81 week, then shown endlessly on early Channel 4 between OTV commercials. Mustachioed middle-aged guy has trouble in a telephone box, then discovers – aaaagh! He can’t get out! He calls for help to passers by, but they seem more amused than anything, and a crowd gathers. Finally, a fork lift comes to unload the box onto a truck, where it’s driven out of town into a deserted warehouse where…ah, now that would be spoiling it!



  1. Palimpsest

    May 29, 2023 at 2:40 am

    Recall seeing this sometime in ’87 on Channel 4. There was also a, possibly French, film about this stately home under police surveillance for missing vagrants. The finale featured a chase between a local man who had been visiting one of the maids and the caretaker through the grounds. He bumps into a statue and knocks it over, the outer concrete casing cracks revealling rotting flesh underneath. The owner was killing the vagrants and then encasing them in concrete and placing them in the house grounds to look like statues. I’ve no idea what this film was called.

  2. Richardpd

    May 29, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    There seemed to a few short films doing the rounds in the mid 1980s, like that one zooming into someone’s hand until you can see the DNA strands & another which kept zooming into classic paintings only to find another one. There was another showing Constable’s The Haywain being urbanised.

  3. Palimpsest

    June 14, 2023 at 5:08 pm

  4. George White

    June 15, 2023 at 6:51 am

    The same director did another similarly darker and darker one called The Mona Lisa is Sad starring Antonio Mayans, Spain’s leading Robert Forster impersonator. That is especially haunting.

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