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ALUCARDA – Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Mexico, movies with tags , , , , on June 15, 2009 by goregirl

Alucarda“They gave their souls to Hell… but the Devil wanted MORE!”

This deliciously sacrilegious and surreal bit of insanity from 1978 is pure exploitative gold. They just don’t make them like this anymore!

Justine takes residence in a convent after the death of her parents. She befriends Alucarda on her first night. The two immediately form a bond and are soon frolicking through the forest and rolling down hills giggling. One day the two girls come upon a tomb which Alucarda is anxious to investigate. This is the very tomb where Alucarda’s mother, impregnated by the devil, gave birth to her fifeteen years previous. Immediately upon her birth she is handed off to a shady looking guardian to be taken to a safe place. Needless to say, her entry into this most unholy of places stirs the demon forces and the two girls become possessed. It is going to be a hot time in the old convent tonight folks!

The sets are imaginative and quite impressive. The convent has the appearance of a cave and the multiple tiered Christs hanging from the ceiling is one of the most brilliant props I have ever seen! Instead of traditional habits, the nuns are clothed in what appears to be torn bloodied bandages. Tina Romero, who plays Alucarda gives a brooding and wonderfully wicked performance. When the action starts, it keeps a spirited pace right through to the end. There is more hysterical
female screaming then I’ve ever witnessed in a single film! The dialogue is over dramatic at times and there are a few moments that are bordering on cheesy but Moctezuma’s strange, daunting and moody presentation keeps it from slipping into silliness. There is some great bonus material on the dvd, including a brief doc on the films director, Juan López Moctezuma and an interview with Guillermo Del Toro. You will be treated to bizarre images, flagellating nuns, satanic rituals, copious nudity, lesbianism, and bloody violence. It is all complimented nicely by some trippy organ music. This little gem from
Mexico City is a must see for horror fans! Highly recommended!

Dungeon Ratings: 5/5

Directed By: Juan López Moctezuma

Starring: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero, Susana Kamini, Lili Garza, Tina French, Birgitta Segerskog and Adriana Roel
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