Tuesday, October 12, 2010

El fantasma del convento

The Phantom of the Convent. MX 1934. D: Fernando de Fuentes. 85 min. From Cineteca Nacional (México) with e-subtitles in Finnish by Anita Mikkonen. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (Mexican Horror), 12 Oct 2010

From the 1930s Mexican horror cycle, which included also films such as La llorona (1933) and Dos monjes (1934), this film has a moody drive and an original atmosphere in a doomed monastery where the living dead go on as hermit monks and where a trio of trekkers (Cristina, Eduardo, and Alfonso) seek refuge at night. The image quality in the print is variable, at times good, at times low contrast. I saw 50 min.

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