Miroslava, and Chano Urueta’s Monster

March 1, 2013 | By

Mexico's Miroslava

After a small pause, we return to normal programming, starting with a review of One 7 Movies’ soon-to-be-released Mexican horror classic Monster / El monstro resucitado [M] (1953).

Never heard of it? Pity, because it has all the ingredients of a classic pre-Code Universal shocker plus silent German Expressionism in one package, plus a wrestling battle to the death!

This brilliantly compelling Frankenstein riff begins when a sleuthy reporter who takes on a dangerous project and finds herself in danger of being the first victim of her subject – a mad doctor bent on uglifying the world to his own sad state. Made for nada but highly atmospheric, this is deservedly a lost classic, perhaps known only to Mexican and Spanish audiences due to its apparent unavailability to English-language viewers, and star Miroslava – a tragic screen icon whose career began just as she committed suicide.

I’m keeping the next chunk of blogs brief, because the next week will yield reviews of western scores, sci-fi scores, a composer podcast, and reviews of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Twilight Time titles, and Season 3 of Denmark’s The Killing / Forbrydelsen.

Interpolating these reviews will be the promised test footage of weird analogue video effects, with some header text outlining what gear was used to create the graphic strangeness. The uploads should be available on Vimeo, starting next week.



Mark R. Hasan, Editor
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