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Alucarda (1975)

Director: Juan López Moctezuma
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Mondo Macabro
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 74 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
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Synopsis
Dirrected in Mexico in 1975 by Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) collaborator Juan Lopez Moctezuma, the Psychotronic Video Guide describes Alucarda as "The strongest, most imaginative, and visual witch movie since Ken Russell's The Devils." Alucarda tells of the strange relationship between two young girls, Justine and Alucarda, and how their relationship destroyed the lives of those around them in a torrent of blood, death and damnation. This legendary horror film contains images that will shock and disturb.

Special Features:

  • Interview with Director Guillermo del Toro
  • Original Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Documentary on the Director
  • Text interview with the Director



GreenCine Member Reviews

Not the target audience by Bower January 9, 2005 - 4:54 PM PST
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6 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Having read several reviews for this film on greencine.com and imdb.com, my husband and I were excited to view this feature both for its reputation as a great horror flick, and also for its religious iconography. However, after about thirty minutes into Alucarda we just weren't intrigued enough to keep viewing. My husband refered to it as 70's experimental film, and we both wondered if the film would have a different impact on viewers who share, or have shared, in the director's Catholic culture and upbringing. If you are looking for the immediate atmosphere and tension of films like Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, or the Italian made Anti-Christ, Alucarda doesn't deliver.

skcus ti by saveyourservant August 25, 2003 - 9:33 PM PDT
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10 out of 14 members found this review helpful
alucarda is 'a dracula' backwards (my review title should make sense now) but there are no vampires in the film. i read a lot of great reviews of this film and actually bought it. i am a fan of many foreign films and horror films and the director is some sort of Jodorowski cohort from what I understand. there are some interesting sets, but the special effects are extremely poor, especially the 'Carrie/Firestarter' ending, in which the illusion of people on fire consists of photographing a candle flame in front of them. It's been a while since I sold it on Ebay, but mostly i just remember the girl playing Alucarda having overacting screaming seizures when she was being 'possessed'. I wouldn't say these fits were frightening, but they were definitely in-your-face intensely annoying. I wanted to like this film, i truly did, but when you see the gypsy made up to be some kind of Bacchanalian forest demon, you'll be shaking your head in disbelief as I was.




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