Misterios de la magia negra (1958)

aka Mysteries of Black Magic, Return from the Beyond
Article 2601 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-19-2008
Posting Date: 9-26-200
Directed by Miguel M. Delgado
Featuring Nadia Haro Oliva, Carlos Riquelme, Aldo Monti
Country: Mexico

A female hypnotist/magician is actually a witch who sets her sights on the destruction of a professor and his family.

The movie is in unsubtitled Spanish, so I’m naturally a little weak on precise plot details, though, overall, it looks like pretty familiar stuff. The low rating on IMDB (2.3) seems to say that it isn’t a very good movie, but until I see a copy I can understand fully, I can’t say myself. I will say this, though; the hypnotist/magician act that opens the movie is very striking; the hypnotist at one point drives a nail through the hand of one man while another subject feels the pain and shows the wound, and she also gets the husband of a scoffing couple to threaten his wife with a knife. There’s also a voodoo sequence involving blindness that is fairly memorable. On the side, we have the magicians not-quite-human assistant (check out the ears), and an eerie secret behind a secret panel with the number 4 on it. Quite frankly, I liked what I saw.


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