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The Enlightenment by Terence Nuzum

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Halloween Potpourri part 2 -- a Casanegra Halloween.

One of the best things you can do on Halloween of course is watch horror movies. For me it's a month long marathon but if you are normal you will probably just grab about 5 dvds on the 31st and have yourself a homemade scarathon. Its always a good idea to have a theme. So a theme I would suggest to you for this year is a Mexican Horror film marathon. Casangegra has reissued up to 7 of the best horror Mexican cinema has to offer and at least one of them is a cult classic. So dig out the blood red salsa and bone white tortilla chips and prepare yourself for ghosts, gothic torture, and one of the most bizarre films ever made.

The Witch's Mirror The slower and lesser of the Casanegra releases this one has a odd Disney World Haunted Mansion feel to it. It concerns a good witch who puts a spell on a mirror to keep her adopted daughter safe from her abusive husband. But the girl is murdered and the witch vows revenge. More like a dark fantasy than a horror film it is a good way to start the night.

The Black Pit of Dr. M This one reminds me of the same atmosphere as in Terror Creatures From The Grave. Full of fog shrouded courtyards and populated by murderous doctors and deformed homicidal patients. This one will start the ball rolling.

Brainiac Heralded as the most bizarre horror movie ever, it actually just might be. When Satan worshipping Baron Vitelius is burnt at the stake in 1661 he vows revenge. Centuries later he returns as a horrific exaggeration of evil. With suction cup fingers and a enlarged forked tongued head he sucks the life out of his victims. This one will leave your friends stunned. Is it bad? Good? Bizarre? All of that.

The Curse of the Crying Woman Cap off the night with the best of the bunch. Truly a Mexican gothic masterpiece. Based on the ancient Mexican legend this film is filled with barren forests, old abbeys, dungeons, and...the crying woman. Sort of Mexico's answer to Black Sunday. While not quite as good it deserves to be reevaluated.

"The Enlightenment" is ©2007 by Terence Nuzum.   All graphics (except where otherwise noted) are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2007 by Nolan B. Canova.