on 10 January 2015
Eduardo is a wealthy doctor. He is bored with his wife Elena and wants to marry Deborah. Fortunately he lives in a country where poisoning your wife is legal. Fate has decided Elena must die, unable to be saved by her satanic witch godmother and her ancient magic Persian mirror. However, once dead, her spirit can raise havoc in the newlyweds life.
The restoration quality was phenomenally good. Indeed it must have looked better than originally shown. I liked the plot as the film swung to a grave robbing mad scientist genre. The motions of the actors were from the silent era and the soundtrack sounded like it was from the forties. The Satanic witchcraft in the film was similar to what my Santanya worshiping Hispanic grandmother would use. Note the correct use of the six sided star as opposed to the typical five pointed star.
Okay, who keeps an owl in their operating room/lab?
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on 20 February 2010
The Witch's Mirror - Made in the 1960's this black and white horror film is stuffed with atmosphere and loads of spooky effects. When a witch fails to prevent her god-daughter from being murdered by her husband the witch plans her revenge by using black magic powers on the man's new bride. You get a lot of story and special effects in this film for your bucks and I would say that this is a MUST HAVE for any serious collector of horror films of the "old fashioned" kind. Just do a web search and you will see how much it is recommended.
This CasaNegra presentation is the one to have as it is a fully restored and remastered uncut version and is presented in both Spanish and English languages. However, if you watch the English language version the restored bits are still in Spanish so for those bits you will need to switch on English subtitles if you can't speak Spanish. An interesting audio commentary by Frank Coleman is also included.
Now the packaging states that it is NTSC Region 1, but it is playable on Region 2 players, and in fact my DVD reader says that it is Region 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 8 playable! Why don't they want you to know that?
on 29 September 2010
The pitch for this movie is simple - lets remake Les Yeux Sans Visage (out a few years before this) but with added witches,creeping severed hands and haunted mirrors. Honestly this movie is one of the most entertaining low budget horrors out there - a film where an owl roosting in a scientific laboratory is the height of normalacy, where the acting runs from fiendish to feverish and where every available shock tactic is thrown at the screen. A total hoot but a well made and beautiful looking film to boot which can blindside you with unsettling images when you least expect it. Viva Mexico!
I love these Casa Negra DVDs, the prints are immpeccable, the extras informative and the packaging gorgeous - they're also out of print so if you're a horror fan snap them up NOW.