La raíz del mal

La raíz del mal. 2008.

  • Director: Adrián Cardona
  • Duration: 80 minutes
  • Genre: terror-en
Synopsis: A peasant village is attacked by demons coming from a nearby forest. The inhabitants are killed or kidnapped for the purpose to use them in a bloody ritual. That night young Ara saves herself and will have to enter the forest if she wishes to see her mother again. 'La raíz del mal' is a fairy tale written by demons, in which blood, infernal creatures and legends are merged with the most exaggerated action and an aesthetic of a true 80s fairy tale.


Third feature from Ibizan filmmaker Adrian Cardona. ‘La raíz del mal’ was filmed during the summer of 2008 in Ibiza. As the film received a grant from the government of Castilla-La Mancha, it also includes some images filmed in Toledo.

In ‘La raíz del mal, Cardona pays tribute to the influential gore film by American director Sam Raimi, ‘The Evil Dead ‘(1981). With the usual cast in Cardona films, Ibizan actor Juanjo Torres also took part in the project. An excellent performer who has appeared in several short films shot in Ibiza, such as ‘Ses banyes de sa bèstia'(2007),’El último peldaño útil’ (2008) and ‘El hijo del taxidermista’ (2013). He also took on a small role in the film by Igor Fioravanti, ‘El sueño de Ibiza’ (2001).

‘La raíz del mal’ was screened in 2008 in the famous Sitges Film Festival, focused on the fantasy and terror genre, in the “Midnight X-Treme” section, where these kind of proposals (with virtually no means) were displayed. Last year Cardona had participated in the same competition with his work ‘Brico Killer’ (2007), achieving the award for best short film in the “Brigadoon” section.


Diario de Ibiza. Article by Marta Torres. October 9, 2008.

Mennta. Article by Rafa Serra. July 9, 2009.



  • Producer Eskoria Films (Spain)
  • Director Adrián Cardona
  • Photography Rafael Martín
  • Art Direction Zaira Pantoja
  • Edition Adrián Cardona
  • Music J. Oscura Najera y Jairo Moreno
  • Sound designer Contraband
  • Casting Adrián Baslino, Eva Puerta, María Castillo, José María Angorrilla, Victoria Roldán, Salvador Llós, El Pirata, Juanjo Torres, Francisco Javier Núñez, Fernando Noguera, Jorge Cruz, Javier Molina, Mª Pilar Ochando, Virginia Casuso, Mª Carmen Arroyo, Carolina Caiña, Juan C. Boned, Juan Cardona, Angel López, David Ortiz, Javier Perea, Adrián Orile Karausz, Melina Alzogaray, Sol Lameiro, Judit Fuentes, Amelia Covisa, Marta Galán, Manuel Huedo, Lucía Huedo, Agatha Escoda, Miren Cidrian, Julián Ortega, Sergio Noguera, Jesse García y Carmen Galindos