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Alucarda (1977)

Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas (original title)
After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Director:

Juan López Moctezuma (as Juan L. Moctezuma)

Writers:

Sheridan Le Fanu (novel), Alexis Arroyo (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudio Brook ... Dr. Oszek / Hunchbacked Gypsy
David Silva ... Father Lázaro
Tina Romero ... Alucarda / Alucarda's Mother
Susana Kamini Susana Kamini ... Justine
Lili Garza Lili Garza ... Daniela Oszek (as Lily Garza)
Tina French Tina French ... Sister Angélica
Birgitta Segerskog Birgitta Segerskog ... Mother Superior
Adriana Roel Adriana Roel ... Sister Germana
Antonia Guerrero Antonia Guerrero
Martin LaSalle ... Brother Felipe (as Martín Lasalle)
Manuel Dondé ... Wagon Driver
Adriana Riveroll Adriana Riveroll
Susan Inman Susan Inman
Alejandra Moya Alejandra Moya
Agustín Isunza Agustín Isunza ... Monk
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Storyline

When the teenage orphan Justine arrives in a convent, she befriends Alucarda, who was raised since she was a baby by the nuns. They become best friends and stay together most of the time. When they meet a gypsy on the forest, he is indeed Satan and possesses the teenagers. Soon the convent is turned upside-down affecting the lives of Alucarda, Justine, the nuns and Father Lázaro. The skeptic Dr. Oszek will also witness a showdown between good and evil affecting his beliefs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They gave their souls to Hell... but the Devil wanted MORE! [Canada]

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Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

Alucarda, when spelled backward, means 'adracula'. See more »

Quotes

Alucarda: And this is what the devil does.
Alucarda: He grants us vertues to expand his kingdom, the only valid one.
Justine: God with his lack of knowledge, does not understand this truth.
Justine: And apose of it with false toughts and prayers.
Mother Superior: [Mother Superior screams] God, silence.
Alucarda: [Alucarda and Justine both chant] Satan satan satan, our lord and master.
Alucarda: I acknowledge thee as my god and prince.
Alucarda: I promise to serve and obey thee as long as i shall live.
Alucarda: I renounce the other god and all the saints.
Mother Superior: Don't listen to them, don't listen to them.
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References Carrie (1976) See more »

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Stylish, but lacking Mexican nunsploitation effort
25 July 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Fair enough, nunsploitation isn't my favourite horror sub-genre; but given all I'd heard about this Mexican flick, I was expecting a much better film. The film reminded me a lot of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, as we follow a young girl's odyssey into something above her head. The film fuses nuns with satanic rituals, a commentary on the church and a bucket load of blood and nudity. Alucarda comes together well in terms of style, but in terms of substance; the film has none, and since not everything makes sense; this can be a difficult film to care too much about. The film opens with the birth of a baby, and then moves on to follow an adolescent in a convent. This adolescent is Alucarda; a young lady that doesn't believe in the church and takes a vow to worship Satan instead. After corrupting one of her fellow pupils and meeting a rather odd gypsy in the woods; the pair manages to get on the wrong side of their religious leaders, and end up inspiring them to hypocritically commit evil as they attempt to exorcise the demons from the pair...which leads to a lot of blood and nudity.

Director Juan López Moctezuma clearly cared more about the style of the film than anything else, and this is the strongest element. The film looks great, and titular scenes that see such things as a naked girl covered in blood attempting to claw a nun's eyes out are major highlights. It's quite unclear as to exactly what the point is, however, and this is unfortunate as if this film had been fused with a strong plot; it could have been a true masterpiece of cult cinema. The atmosphere is good and truly surreal as we follow the girls' descent into Satanism, and the director always makes sure that the action is pitch black and memorable for that reason. The film is littered with taboo breaking scenes that include lesbianism and bizarre torture rituals; but it isn't until the end when it lets rip with a fitting bloodbath of an ending, that would have been really good if the action leading up to it was on par. I can certainly see why people like this film, as it features some great scenes and certainly delivers on it's cult movie promise; but personally I can't say I enjoyed it all that much.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1978 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of the Devil Part 3: Innocence from Hell See more »

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Production Co:

Films 75, Yuma Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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