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Mexico Macabre: Four Sinister Tales from the Alameda Films Vault, 1959-1963

Mexico Macabre
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Genres: Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Starring: Various
Director: Rafael Baledón
Plot Sypnosis:

These four macabre titles from the vaults of one of Mexico's best-known film companies offer uniquely Mexican takes on the ghosts, witches, and monsters familiar to fans of horror cinema and fiction.

Fernando Méndez's Black Pit of Dr. M (Misterios de ultratumba) sees a doctor make a pact with his dying colleague in order to learn the secrets of the afterlife. In Chano Urueta's The Witch's Mirror (El espejo de la bruja), a murderer is tormented by the ghost of his dead wife, whilst in Urueta's The Brainiac (El barón del terror), a nobleman executed for necromancy returns in diabolical form to eradicate the lineage of his killers... by sucking out their brains! Finally, in Rafael Baledón's The Curse of the Crying Woman (La maldición de la Llorona), a young bride visits her aunt's Gothic mansion, where she finds that she is the descendent of one of Mexican folklore's most terrifying figures.

With their star-studded casts, beautiful photography, eerie production design, and bone-chilling atmosphere, these films have terrified audiences for decades, and are now available in this strictly limited, individually numbered Blu-ray box set, which includes an array of new extra features – including four new audio commentaries, and rare English-language dub tracks – as well as a set of art cards and a fully illustrated 100-page book.

  • High Definition remasters for Black Pit for Dr. M, The Witch's Mirror, The Brainiac, and The Curse of the Crying Woman
  • Original Spanish mono audio
  • Optional English mono audio dub tracks for The Witch's Mirror, The Brainiac and The Curse of the Crying Woman
  • Audio commentary with Abraham Castillo Flores, film programmer and curator specialising in the preservation of Mexican horror cinema, on Black Pit of Dr. M (2023)
  • Audio commentary with David Wilt, film historian and Mexican-cinema specialist, on The Witch's Mirror (2023)
  • Audio commentary and brain nibbling with Keith J Rainville, publisher of From Parts Unknown and screenwriter of Los campeones de la lucha libre, on The Brainiac (2023)
  • Audio commentary with Morena de Fuego, doctor in film studies and LatAm horror specialist, on The Curse of the Crying Woman (2023)
  • Daniel Ripstein on the history of Alameda Films and his grandfather, producer Alfredo Ripstein Jr (2023)
  • Author Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro on director Fernando Méndez (2023)
  • Author Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro on director Chano Urueta (2023)
  • Author Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro on director Rafael Balédon (2023)
  • Memories of a Villain (2018): TV UNAM special on actor Carlos López Moctezuma
  • Mondo Macabro: 'Mexican Horror Movies' (2002): episode of Pete Tombs and Andy Starke's fondly remembered British television series, providing an overview of Mexican genre cinema from the 1950s to the 1970s
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Image galleries: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English translation subtitles
  • Limited Edition exclusive 100-page book with new essays by José Luis Ortega Torres, David Wilt and Abraham Castillo Flores, archival articles, and full film credits
  • Limited Edition exclusive art cards
  • Limited Edition exclusive art cards
  • REGION-FREE
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1959
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 315
Specs: REGION-FREE
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio Formats: Optional English mono audio dub tracks for The Witch's Mirror, The Brainiac and The Curse of the Crying Woman
Subtitles/Captions: New and improved English translation subtitles