La mujer y la bestia (1959)

LA MUJER Y LA BESTIA (1959)
aka The Woman and the Beast
Article 3845 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-13-2012
Posting Date: 2-23-2012
Directed by Alfonso Corona Blake
Featuring Ana Luisa Peluffo, Carlos Cores, Ruben Rojo
Country: Mexico
What it is: Psycho killer thriller

A doctor and a nurse get involved with a series of knife killings. Could the murderer be the nurse’s insane sister who has recently escaped from an asylum?

I had to get the plot from another source since my copy of the movie was in unsubtitled Spanish; I wasn’t quite able to figure out certain details of the story without it. As is often the case, there is a lot of talk in the movie, but there are some interesting visual moments that help make the viewing process more interesting. The most interesting visual touch is that the murders all take place near the railroad, and the train has such a striking visual presence that it almost becomes a character in the story, with its belching forth of smoke and its whistle going off at crucial moments in the story. There’s at least one major plot twist that you should be able to get if you’re armed with the plot description above. Overall, the movie looks to be only average, though it does seem a little better produced than a lot of Mexican horror movies. Still, there are definite high points here.

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