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Spain and Italy had a host of great directors in the 1960's and 1970's: Fulci,
Bava, Leone, Corbucci, Ossorio, Petroni, Romero-Merchant, Pasolini, and on and
The problem is, most of these people have either died or retired, with few
younger men really rising up to take their place. For those who always see
gloom and doom rather than a light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope.
There are some new faces out there who are waiting in the ranks and slowly
rising to attention. There are some hopeful after all.
One promising director is Carlos Alberto Alonso. Born in A Coruña, Spain, the same
city as was born his idol, the late Amando de Ossorio, this man has embarked
on a film career of his own, using some of the same chilling camera angles and
plot twists as Ossorio was noted for.
In 2002, Alonso released a short film titled As Muxicas. Information may be
found at http://www.asmuxicas.com, both on the short and on the director.
As Muxicas are fiery flashes of light in Spain's mythology, which when seen,
are supposed to be an omen of death. The plot, like something out of an old
Twilight Zone tv episode, revolves around an old man and a women, peasants
caught up in superstition, and a freshly dug grave. The less said about
it the better, in order not to give the ending away. Order the DVD yourself or
if you live in Europe, keep an eye out for showings. Though the film is no
longer new, the director has been taking it to numerous film festivals
and making appearances himself. The momentum has picked up and people are
waiting for more from this man.
Oddly enough, Alonso never met Ossorio, but grew up admiring his projects,
especially the Templar/Blind
Dead series (one of these days I will crank out an article
on Ossorio, whom I did know, but that is another piece for another time). Like
the noted Italian horror film director, Pupi Avati, continually credited Mario
Bava as his idol, Alonso continues to pay compliment to Ossorio's works,
considering him one of the most underrated directors in European history.
Visit his homepage, keep an eye out for him and watch, for this man may one
day rise in his own right to be a great Spanish horror film director. He has a
long way to go, but he is young enough and ambitious enough where he just
might make it.