El Monstruo Resucitado (1953)

aka The Resurrected Monster
Article 1861 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-19-2006
Posting Date: 9-16-2006
Directed by Chano Urueta
Featuring Miroslava Stern, Carlos Navarro, Jose Maria Linares-Rivas

A female reporter follows up an advertisement that leads her to meet a deformed and mad scientist who falls in love with her. Fearing her rejection, he resurrects a dead man and places the soul of a beast within it, and orders him to kidnap the reporter.

Much of this plot description came from the summary at IMDB; since this Mexican movie is in unsubtitled Spanish, I had a terrible time following the storyline myself. This is a shame, really; from the opening moments of this movie I found myself caught up in it despite being hopelessly lost story-wise; the acting and direction both felt surprisingly strong, and there’s something about the mood of it all that makes the movie genuinely unnerving. Any movie that can make an accordion player in the background seem ominous and threatening is doing something very right indeed, and I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be one of the very best of the Mexican horror movies. Even the less-than-convincing mask worn by the scientist doesn’t destroy the mood.

I think it’s getting about time that someone should gather up these Mexican horror movies and slap good English subtitles on them. If that ever begins happening, I hope they start with this one. Though I may be disappointed when I find out what the characters are actually saying, I have a strong hunch that this one might prove to be an undiscovered classic.

***NOTE*** This review was written several months ago. Since then, there have been some releases of these Mexican horror movies with subtitles. Let’s hope the trend continues.

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