The basic story is; a young woman gives birth to a child, and dies shortly afterward, but not before a demon can posses her. The child, Alucarda (Tina Romero, Los Piratas) is taken to a nunnery/orphanage to be raised. As a teenager she meets Justine (Susana Kamini, The Mansion of Madness) and immediately falls in love. Alucarda is not like the other girls, and is all about death and is rather obsessive. There is mention of her previous girlfriend who died, and later when Justine is out of the picture she latches on to Daniela (Lili Garza), the blind daughter of Dr. Oszek (Claudio Brook, the Mexican Vincent Price). One day while exploring an unhallowed tomb where suicides are buried, Alucarda and Justine release a demon which possesses both, and then the madness ensues. The girls return to the nunnery and begin spouting Satanic babble during bible study. When a failed exorcism attempt kills Justine, Alucarda goes off the rails.
There is certainly some bad acting, and a few plot holes perhaps, but overall this is a beautifully filmed movie and most of the major players do a nice job with their roles. Claudio Brook plays the dual role of Atheist turned believer, Dr. Oszek and the Goat Gypsy who starts all the trouble. Tina Romero is haunting as Alucarda, despite some over-the-top bits, but she is possessed by a demon after all.
This is becoming one of my favorite horror films. Lots of awesomeness here. It delivers all the "B" movie staples; blood, breasts, and beasts, but still manages to be a watchable, highly enjoyable film.
|Alucarda and Justine with the crazy Goat Gypsy (Claudio Brook)|
|Tina Romero as Alucarda|
|One of the more phenomenal visuals.|
|Susana Kamini as Justine|
Despite this Spanish language trailer, the Mondo Macabro DVD has a very good English track. Tina Romero was born in the US, and it appears that perhaps the film was dubbed into Spanish for the Mexican market, though I cannot say that is fact. There is some brief nudity in this trailer.