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Alucarda, la Hija de las Tinieblas

Alucarda
Sisters of Satan / Mark of the Devil 3 / Innocents from Hell

Mexico 1978
produced by
Max Guefen, Juan López Moctezuma, Eduardo Moreno for Film 75, Yuma Films
directed by Juan López Moctezuma
starring Tina Romero, Susana Kamini, Claudio Brook, David Silva, Lili Garza, Tina French, Brigitta Segerskog, Adriana Roel, Antonia Guerrero, Martin LaSalle, Manuel Dondé, Adriana Riveroll, Susan Inman, Alejandra Moya, Agustín Isunza, Paloma Woolrich, Marina Isolda, Sonia Rangel, Beatrßiz Bartínez, Colombia Moya, Damián Duenas, Tito Novaro
story by Alexis Arroyo, Tita Arroyo, Juan López Moctezuma, Yolanda López Moctezuma, screenplay by Alexis Arroyo, Juan López Moctezuma, music by Anthony Guefen, special effects by Abel Contreras

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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After her parents have died, Justine (Susana Kamini) is dropped off at a nunnery/orphanage, where she almost immediately becomes best friends with Alucarda (Tina Romero), a weird girl whose parents are unknown and who feels drawn to everything macabre and even unholy. The two girls are virtually inseperable, and it seems at least Alucarda would love to make Justine her lover, too. During one of their strolls though, they meet a weird gang of gypsies who let themn join in a weird ritual, and from here on the two girls start to voice Satatnist ideas. In the eyes of the mother superior (Brigitta Segerskog) and the local priest father Lázaro (David Silva), their weird and disruptive behaviour eventually calls for an exorcism, and exorcism during which they are tied to crosses, and Justine is stripped and searched for marks of the devil - areas of her body that do not bleed when pricked -, a treatment she doesn't survive. It's then that Doctor Oszek (Claudio Brook) arrives, called by Angelica (Tina French), the only nun who ever really cared for Justine and Alucarda. The doctor strongly opposes the way the priest and the nuns treat the girls, condemning the methods as midieval and products of crude superstitions, and he frees Alucarda from the cross to take her with him ...

Later that night, the body of Justine has simply disappeared, and the nun who was to watch the body has been killed and burned - but comes back to life before Doctor Oszek's very eyes. And only now does the doctor start to believe that there are such things as the devil and demonic possession. Then the doctor, the priest and the nuns find Justine, who has obviously come back to life, who wants to drink blood, who kills Angelica, and who can only be killed again by holy water. It only now dawns upon the doctor that he has left Alucarda alone with his daughter (Lili Garza), and he races back home, to find both his daughter and Alucarda already gone.

Ultimately, the doctor and company manage to track Alucarda down to the nunnery, the last place they expected her to be, where she is already busy killing nuns. The doctor and his companions try every trick in the book to kill the possessed girl, but in the end it's dead Angelica, the only nun who actually showed compassion, mounted in a Christ-like possession, that breaks Alucarda's control for just long enough to be killed.

 

Judging from nothing but my synopsis, this film might sound like nothing special, rather your routine possession-story - but the film is much more, a coming-of-age tale of misunderstood teens told in a cinematic language that's rich on bizarre, macabre, surreal, at times even expressionist images, but it's also full of catholic symbolism juxtaposed with sex, gore and violence. This all results in a trippy piece of genre cinema that consciously refuses to follow genre conventions.

Recommended!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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