The Gothic terror/horror of Mexico: Carlos Enrique Taboada.
Hola pequeños engendros!~
I'm watching a lot of movies lately because I don´t have much college homework or projects to do.
This is something strange because I don´t really watch movies so often, but when I do it I try to choose the best ones (and many of the time they´re classic films.)
This time I want to mention the cinema of Mexico!
First I will make a brief summary of the history of the genre terror/horror films in Mexico!
Since the 30s, there are films in Mexico that already tell about some aspects of horror, terror and suspense, for example, films like ´La llorona (1933)´, ´El fantasma del convento (1934)´or 'El Santo'
Between the 60s and 80s, Mexico gets the best attention in terms of terror/horror, calling it the golden age of Mexican terror/horror films. That's when Carlos Enrique Taboada appears. Carlos Enrique Taboada directed, between the sixties and eighties, several suspense theme films to which today they´re considered of movies of cult in México. With little budget, the works of Carlos Taboada demonstrate that with few means excellent films can still be done.
Of his films is what this entry is about!
Why? simple, those collection of horror/terror films has a content whose aesthetics and ideology has fascinated me.
Hasta el viento tiene miedo [Even the Wind Is Afraid] (1968):
Girls that were punished to sat at a boarding school during Spring Break have no idea the school is haunted by the restless spirit of a former student seeking revenge.
El libro de piedra [The Book of Stone] (1968):
A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that live in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia is to take care of little girl named Silvia, whose unusual demeanor may find its roots in the family garden.
Más negro que la noche [Blacker Than the Night] (1975):
When four women move into an old house left by one woman's aunt, strange things begin to happen. Bizarre voices, visions of ghosts, and mysterious noises lead them to discover the darkest powers of evil and a horror and agony beyond terror.
Veneno para las hadas [Poison for the Fairies] (1984):
A 10 year old girl convinces a lonely and ingenuous classmate that she is a witch. The girl forces her classmate to become her assistant to make poison for the fairies. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.
Then in the 1990s 'The New Mexican Cinema' appears, where the horror/terror genre is reborn with remakes of classic films and also with new and modern films in the Mexican cinema.
I will be completely honest, I have only seen the film collection of Carlos Taboada because I loved them but in general I don´t like to watch movies from América Latina
That's why I cannot mention or recommend any other Mexican movie of the horror genre in the 90's...
What I do want is to mention a movie that also pleases me aesthetically. That movie is called
' Elisa antes del fin del mundo [Elisa Before The End Of The World] (1997)'
Although it's not of terror, I want to mention it anyways because both the plot and the clothing selection in that film is great!
I finish this entry with Elisa, and I hope to write more about movies that please me aesthetically because my blog is dedicated especially to that: aesthetics.