La Maldición de la Llorona (The Curse of the Crying Woman / La Casa Embrujuda, 1961)

US Panik House Casa Negra DVD edition


 

Very atmospherical and entertaining horror from the Golden Era of Méxican Filmmaking and presented by the great folks at
Casa Negra in a fine looking newly restored DVD edition. Based on the uniquely Méxican folklore about the Crying Woman,
the Wailing Mother - La Llorona. But for sure the belief in this myth do exist in other Central American countries too, and
maybe also in parts of South America ? A friend of mine from Honduras told me that her mother and aunts were scared of
the crying woman and that they had heard her wails at some time.

Maybe this is something parents tell their kids to scare them, as "if you're not behaving as a good boy/girl the Llorona will
come and take you" ? In other parts of the world maybe whatever scary will come and take you if you're a bad kid.
Films about the Llorona myth had been filmed before in México and Hollywood made an abominably bad version of it in
2019 with "The Curse of la Llorona" with an onslaught of AWFUL CGI effects, yuck!

This film however is very atmospheric and in the impressive pre-credit sequence we get to see a mystic woman dressed in
black with three nasty-looking dogs at her side, La Llorona, watch a horse carriage pass by and accompanied by her wailing
how an underling of hers (Carlos Lopez Moctezuma) jumps onto the coach and kills the driver and the passengers.

Shortly after this horrifying incident a woman, Amelia (Rosita Arenas, known for i.a. her role as Flora the re-incarnated Aztec
priestess Xochitl in the 1957 Aztec Mummy Trilogy (read more about these films on my Méxican Film page) and her husband
Jaime (Abel Salazar) arrives to a mansion situated nearby were the murders occurred.
They are met by Amelia's dressed in black aunt Selma (a great Rita Marceno) who lives there with her disfigured servant Juan
and her three scary dogs .... hmm, and for some reason all of the mirrors in the house are covered and wailings are to be heard
from upstairs. Amelia is told that she and Selma are direct descendants to the sorcerer woman, the bruja La Llorona, and that
this witch woman (Beatrice Bustamente) is about to be re-animated from the dead.

The film is presented in 4:3 fullscreen original ratio, spanish audio mono, black & white, with english subtitles
Extras an audio commentary by Michael Liuzza, an informative text and picture essay booklet about La Llorona, a collector
card and a text essay about director Rafael Baladon, biographies and a picture gallery

 

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