L’Eclisse (1962).

January 15, 2018

IMDb: A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man’s materialistic nature.

 

Save for the use of blackface and racism, this film is awe-inspiring. It’s shot gorgeously. Features attractive modern architecture, beautiful interiors, inspired furniture, stylish shots of serene spaces….left me speechless.

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Coco (2017).

January 13, 2018

IMDb: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

 

 

One of the best Pixar movies out there. Visually stunning —- the colors just made me very happy, its narrative very well-thought-out, very engaging and heart-warming, with elements that are centered on traditions easily relatable to me. Left me crying in the cinema. 🙂

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The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman/ La noche de Walpurgis (1971).

January 12, 2018

IMDb: Elvira is travelling through the French countryside with her friend Genevieve, searching for the lost tomb of a medieval murderess and possible vampire, Countess Wandessa. They find a likely site in the castle of Waldemar Daninsky, who invites the women to stay as long as they like. As Waldemar shows Elvira the tomb that supposedly houses the countess, she accidentally causes the vampire to come back to life, hungrier than ever. Daninsky has a hidden secret of his own, but will it be enough to save the two girls from becoming Wandessa’s next victims?

 

 

Well….I live for old Euro (and Pinoy!!!) horror films. This movie piqued my curiosity when I saw the 2nd gif above while on the web one day. I loved it. It’s the kind of horror film I could watch over and over again because it’s not the jump-scare kind of horror. It’s very atmospheric and moody. I was completely enchanted by the slow-mo effect done on the lady vampires scenes. Wickedly dreamy, cool and chic, and haunting all at once.

Also, this is my first Paul Naschy movie. I’ve come to learn that Naschy is considered by many as Spain’s finest maker of horror movies. Quoting Amando de Ossorio, another great Spanish horror film director:  “The boom of the European horror film was because of Naschy and we have to recognize that.”

This movie, in particular, achieved worldwide success during the year it was screened, and is believed to be the one to jump-start the Spanish fantasy-horror boom.

 

If you want to learn more about this movie, here’s a spectacular and very informative review to consume: atthemansionofmadness//The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman

 

Amazing article about Naschy: The unseen movies of legendary horror filmmaker Paul Naschy

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