21 May 2024
Alucarda (1975)
74 min.
Directed by Juan López Moctezuma.
With Tina Romero, Claudio Brook, David Silva, Susana Kamini, Adriana Roel, Martin LaSalle, Tina French, Lili Garza.
Really weird!

Pretty entertaining Mexican riff on The Exorcist. Both orphans in a convent, young Alucarda (Romero) and Justine (Kamini) become the best of friends.

But when they stumble upon a strange crypt, Alucarda mistakenly unleashes a satanic spirit which possesses the two girls...and leads them on a bloody path of carnage.

A bizarre and captivating horror, this benefits from some inspired style including a surreal tomb of evil, some moody set designs as well as the ultra creepy nuns (scary in their own right). Romero delivers a strong performance as the demonic Alucarda, especially during the scream-heavy fiery climax.

Best scene though: Justine's death by holy water...she ain't going down alone! Overall, worth a look.

Also known as Sisters of Satan.

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