Sunday, October 28, 1990

Monsters From Mexico

San Francisco Art Institute

“Mexico’s history is a litany of atrocities–forced Catholicism, repression, guilt, cultural schizophrenia and an obsession with death that borders on necrophilia. Not surprisingly, when the Mexican movie industry sets out to make a horror movie, the results are so singularly “Mexican” they baffle stateside viewers.” (Jim Morton, Research) Tonight we present three of Mexico’s most popular and distinctive horror genres of the 1950s and 1960s, each made by a master of low-budget nuance and economy. The Vampire’s Coffin (1961) by Fernando Mendez; The Brainiac (El Baron Del Terror) (1961) by Chano Urueta; and The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1959).

pictured: The Brainiac (El Baron Del Terror) (1961) by Chano Urueta