The Living Coffin (1959)

aka El grito de la muerte
Article 3409 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-2-2010
Posting Date: 12-14-2010
Directed by Fernando Mendez
Featuring Gaston Santos, Maria Duval, Pedro de Aguillon
Country: Mexico
What it is: Mexican horror western… in Color!

A cowboy and his sidekick visit a ranch which is haunted by the ghost of an aunt.

Let’s see. The last time I encountered a Mexican horror western was when I watched the dreaded SWAMP OF THE LOST MONSTER. That’s warning enough in itself, but the truth be told, this one is much better. There’s actually a bit of spookiness to some of the events here, for one thing. Another plus is that they use the comic relief sparingly (he’s mostly obsessed with sleeping), and he’s actually useful in the final fight. Furthermore, the hero’s horse is also useful; he actually points out some of the clues to solve the mystery, sort of like Scooby-Doo. Wait a minute… did I just give away something there? Maybe so, but I saw it coming early on; after all, SWAMP OF THE LOST MONSTER was also a horror movie of the Scooby-Doo variety. Still, if you just have to watch a Mexican horror western, this one may fill the bill; it’s rather silly, but it’s certainly better than SWAMP OF THE LOST MONSTER.

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