TIN & TINA on Netflix is a new Spanish horror movie. The story features twin children that interpret the Bible verbatim. This obviously causes quite a few problems for everyone. Read our full Tin & Tina movie review here!
TIN & TINA is a new horror movie on Netflix. It is a Spanish production and we do tend to enjoy those here at Heaven of Horror. In this particular story, the title characters are young twins who take the Bible literally after they’ve been raised in a convent.
The movie is based on the director’s own award-winning short movie from 2013. In other words, much like husband and wife duo, David F. Sandberg and Lotta Losten, who had their short film Lights Out go viral and then they made it into a feature film.
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Continue reading our Tin & Tina horror movie review below. Find the feature film on Netflix from May 26, 2023.
When taking the Bible verbatim
In Tin & Tina, we meet Lola and her husband Adolfo on their wedding day. It’s all lovey-dovey until Lola bleeds through her crisp white wedding dress. She has a miscarriage and is told she’ll never be able to have children due to complications.
Adolfo suggests they visit the nearby convent where there are always children looking for loving parents. Lola (Milena Smit) isn’t as hooked on the idea, but once there, she feels drawn to some music. The music is being played by twin brother and sister, Tin & Tina, and when they run to Lola, it’s all over.
Now it’s Adolfo (Élite‘s Jaime Lorente) who isn’t crazy about the idea. The kids are pale white and have equally white hair (they clearly have albinism). Also, they’re nowhere near being the infant twins the couple lost within the past year. In other words, they’re too old.
However, Lola has made up her mind, so it’s a done deal. On the car ride home, it becomes apparent that the kids are very religious. They have lived a very strict and secluded life, so everyone needs to adjust to this new situation.
The main issues come because the twins interpret the Bible verbatim. This obviously causes quite a few problems for everyone. Also, they are still kids, so they don’t understand the consequences of their actions.
In other words, the boy and girl aren’t just “Damian doubled”. In fact, they’re more confused and brainwashed by their ultra-catholic education than anything else.
A few surprises along the way
I have to admit that I wasn’t too happy with this Spanish horror movie overall. Maybe my expectations were just too great. However, having a runtime of around two hours also requires quite a lot.
For Tin & Tina, there’s a huge problem with the characters. They are quite irritating in various ways and so it’s difficult to really like any of them.
On the very positive side, I do want to highlight that even though Netflix has [appropriately] labeled this movie with “animal harm”, it isn’t as bad as I feared.
Yes, there is animal harm – and yes, the dog does die in Tin & Tina (we only do spoilers about whether animals die here at Heaven of Horror) – but we don’t see it directly. Also, there’s no whimpering or direct torture involved.
This is actually just one of the surprises in this Spanish horror movie on Netflix. As a rule, this movie doesn’t make it too easy for the audience.
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The writer and director of Tin & Tina on Netflix is Ruben Stein. As mentioned earlier, he also wrote and directed the short film of the same name in 2013. Here, 10 years later, a feature film version is getting a wide release.
I really wanted to like this movie, but I can’t say I enjoyed it much. For me, the characters kept doing things that irritated me or that felt forced. Also, that runtime of two hours is just too much to keep it strong all the way through.
I did like that it wasn’t just a classic “evil kids” story but rather a “creepy kids” that may just be misunderstood. But also, who are extremely dangerous. Even though I wasn’t too thrilled with the move watching experience this horror story had to offer, I’m sure it’ll draw in plenty of viewers.
Give it a shot and see what you think. Maybe it’ll hit differently for you.
Tin & Tina is on Netflix from May 26, 2023.
Director: Rubin Stein
Writer: Rubin Stein
Stars: Milena Smit, Jaime Lorente, Carlos González Morollón, Anastasia Russo
After a traumatic miscarriage, a young couple adopts two peculiar twins from a convent whose obsession with religion soon disturbs the family.