Few other cities do Halloween quite like New York City. But if you’re not quite eager to brave the streets to head to its West Village parade or take in one of the many costumed parties in the Big Apple – maybe you’re more of a popcorn and a movie kind of person? – BAM has you covered. Their Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema series is a truly a gift to any self-respecting horror aficionado.

Featuring black and white classic films about everyone’s favorite bloodsucker (starring Lupita Tovar), another about Satanic possessions, a big screen rendition of the La Llorona myth, and even creepy flicks from Guillermo del Toro, Arturo Ripstein and Alejandro Jodorowsky, the perfectly curated program may well be the best way to spend your Hallow’s Eve. Not only will you get silver screen chills courtesy of some truly frightening stories and images (looking at you Cronos), but you’ll get a crash course in what horror looks like south of the border. In case you want to check these out or go out hunting for them for home viewing, we’ve compiled the full list of films screening at the famed Brooklyn venue below. Check them out.

Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema runs October 27 – November 2, 2017.

1

Santa Sangre

Country Mexico
Production Year 1989
Synopsis

Imagine a colorized mashup of Todd Browning’s classic Freaks, Hitchcock’s Psycho, and a litany of Fellini’s circus-inspired scenes from various films, but push through, and you’ll have a filmically-influenced yet completely unique cinematic universe in Santa Sangre. Jodorowsky tells the warped Freudian tale of extreme filial devotion as a son grows up to literally do everything for his armless mother. Not a wild enough sounding story for you? Don’t worry, you’ll get the full, gory, Freudian/mythic back story of how his mother became armless and if you still yearn for more bizarreness, bonus, it’s all set amongst circus performers. Trust me, you and your desires for the disturbing will be waited on, hand and foot…er, maybe just foot.

Maria-Christina Villaseñor

Film Details

Director Alejandro Jodorowsky
Country Mexico
Production Year 1989
2

La tía Alejandra

Country Mexico
Production Year 1979
Synopsis

Witchy aunt Alejandra (Corona) moves in with her nephew’s ordinary family and promptly sets about introducing the kiddies to the dark arts. Then, one by one, anyone who crosses her dies… This shockingly subversive psychodrama from Buñuel protégé Arturo Ripstein is laced with lurid touches: heightened, giallo-style atmosphere; black magic rituals; and an astoundingly perverse climax.

 


Film Details

Director Arturo Ripstein
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Delfina Careaga Sabina Berman
Production Year 1979
Running Time 98 minutes
3

Cronos

Country Mexico
Production Year 1993
Synopsis

When an aging antiques dealer (Luppi) comes into possession of an ancient scarab, the device imparts to him the seemingly enviable gift of everlasting life—but also awakens a newfound thirst for blood. Heavily indebted to the traditions of Mexican horror cinema, Guillermo del Toro’s darkly stylish feature debut uses the vampire myth as a springboard to explore complex ideas of human weakness, religion, and immortality.


Film Details

Director Guillermo del Toro
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Guillermo del Toro
Producer Arthur Gorson Bertha Navarro
Production Year 1993
Running Time 94 minutes
4

Alucarda

Country Mexico
Production Year 1977
Synopsis

This bloody, berserk occult classic is a relentless excursion into hysterical excess. Two orphan girls living in a Catholic convent swear their love for one another in a blood ritual, then unleash a demonic tidal wave of sex, sadism, and Satanic possession. Influenced by Antonin Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty, director Moctezuma (who also produced Jodorowsky’s El Topo) delivers a shock-to-the-senses barrage of searing sound and images.


Film Details

Director Juan López Moctezuma
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Alexis Arroyo Juan López Moctezuma
Producer Max Guefen Juan López Moctezuma Eduardo Moreno
Production Year 1977
Running Time 75 minutes
5

Veneno para las hadas

Country Mexico
Production Year 1984
Synopsis

Two young girls are drawn into a dark fantasy world of witchcraft and evil spirits—but what begins as make believe soon turns sinister. Winner of the Golden Ariel (the Mexican Oscar) for Best Picture and a favorite of Guillermo del Toro for its creepily poetic, child’s-eye imagery (with adults kept conspicuously out of frame), this slow-burn study in psychological suspense explores the most disturbing realms of childhood imagination.


Film Details
Poison for the Fairies
Director Carlos Enrique Taboada
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Carlos Enrique Taboada
Producer Héctor López
Production Year 1984
Running Time 90 minutes
6

Canoa

Director Felipe Cazals
Country Mexico
Production Year 1976
Synopsis

A group of young men on a hiking trip are shockingly and brutally besieged by the residents of a rural village when a local priest accuses them of being communist subversives. This true-life tale of terror is a landmark of Mexican political cinema, standing as a tragically relevant exposé of how xenophobia and ignorance can be marshaled into unthinkable violence.


Film Details
Canoa: A Shameful Memory
Director Felipe Cazals
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Tomás Pérez Turrent
Production Year 1976
Running Time 115 minutes
7

El espejo de la bruja

Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Production Year 1962
Synopsis

Undead witches, severed hands, plastic surgery horrors… Something like a Mexican Eyes Without a Face, this surrealist chiller is a wild spiral into no-holds-barred delirium. The story—about a witch who is murdered by her husband and returns to take gruesome revenge upon his new wife—unfolds in a torrent of searing, floridly expressionistic images.


Film Details
The Witch’s Mirror
Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Alfredo Ruanova Carlos Enrique Taboada
Producer Abel Salazar
Production Year 1962
Running Time 75 minutes
8

El Vampiro

Country Mexico
Production Year 1957
el vampiro hi res
'El Vampiro' courtesy of BAM
Synopsis

The film that inaugurated Mexico’s wave of classic horror relocates the Dracula legend to a Mexican village. A young woman visiting her aunt finds herself ensnared by the creepy, fanged Count Lavud (Robles). Working on a shoestring budget, director Fernando Méndez crafts a masterful concoction of moody atmosphere and macabre imagination—features that would become hallmarks of Mexican horror cinema.


Film Details

Director Fernando Méndez
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Ramon Rodriguez
Producer Abel Salazar
Production Year 1957
Running Time 95 minutes
9

La maldición de la llorona

Country Mexico
Production Year 1963
Synopsis

In this stylishly photographed slice of cine-fantastique, a murderous, black-magic-practicing villainess (Macedo) lures her young niece (Arenas) to her creepy, cobwebbed mansion as part of a plot to resurrect the mummified corpse of their witch ancestor. Awash in foggy, moonlit atmosphere, The Curse of the Crying Woman contains shades of Mario Bava and Hammer Horror while remaining its own thrillingly strange beast.


Film Details
The Curse of the Crying Woman
Director Rafael Baledón
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Rafael Baledón
Producer Abel Salazar
Production Year 1963
Running Time 80 minutes
10

El barón del terror

Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Production Year 1962
Synopsis

This gonzo pulp oddity (also known as The Brainiac) is one of the wildest and weirdest films to emerge from Mexico’s horror golden age—or from anywhere ever. Mexico, 1661: the Baron Vitelius (Salazar) is burned at the stake by the Inquisition for practicing the dark arts. Three-hundred years later, he returns, this time as a hairy, long-tongued monster with hypnotic powers and a taste for human brains…


Film Details
The Brainiac
Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Genre Horror
Writer Adolfo López Portillo Federico Curiel
Producer Abel Salazar
Production Year 1962
Running Time 77 minutes