Las amantes del señor de la noche with Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas

Las amantes del señor de la noche with Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas

Special Guest: conversation with Shaula Vega

Las amantes del señor de la noche (The Lovers of the Lord of the Night)

Within a patriarchal provincial household of the 1980s, a teenage girl discovers the thorny ways of young love. At the height of romantic conflict, she turns to black magic under the guidance of the local sorceress. She soon discovers that the dark arts always deliver but like credit cards you have to pay them back…with interest. Isela Vega, best known as a daring actress, directs her first and only feature film which demands reappraisal. 

Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas (Alucarda) 

Cultural maverick and iconoclast Juan López Moctezuma went supernova in this scorching film sensation that raised eyebrows worldwide despite corrosive criticism and financial failure in Mexico. The love between Alucarda and Justine ignites an unforgettable film saturated with Catholic torture galore, full satanic rituals emulating the works of Goya, explosions of loud hysterical prayer, nuns who look like blood-drenched mummies, vampiric episodes, and alleged demonic possession. This is uncut Mexican nunsploitation of the highest order. 

Las amantes del señor de la noche
DIRECTOR: Isela Vega. WRITTEN BY: Hugo Argüelles, Isela Vega. CAST: Isela Vega, Irma Serrano, Emilio Fernández, Elena de Haro. 1983. 99 min. Mexico. Color. Spanish. DCP. Courtesy of Shaula Luke & Arturo Vázquez. Film Digitized by Estudios Churubusco Azteca with the generous support of the Academy Film Archive.

Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas
DIRECTOR: Juan López Moctezuma. WRITTEN BY: Alexis Arroyo, Tita Arroyo, Juan López Moctezuma, Yolanda López Moctezuma. CAST: Claudio Brook, Tina Romero, David Silva, Susana Kamini. 1977. 75 min. Mexico. Color. English. Rated R. DCP. Courtesy of Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. Special mention to their Projection Department for generating the existing materials. Special thanks to Pete Tombs & Manuel Santillán Durán.

Generously supported by Televisa Foundation-Univision Foundation in celebration of Mexican Cinema. Academy Museum film programming supported by the Richard Roth Foundation. Mexico Maleficarum has the community partnership and support provided by El Cine, the Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today program of Hola Mexico, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles.


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