Cemetery of Terror (1985)

aka Cementerio del terror
Article 4942 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 9-29-2015
Directed by Ruben Galindo Jr.
Featuring Hugo Stiglitz, Jose Gomez Parcero, Bety Robles
Country: Mexico
What it is: Mexican horror movie

A group of teenagers discover an evil book in an abandoned house, and they kidnap a body from the morgue in order to hold a black mass with the book to bring the body to life. However, the body they’ve stolen is that of the owner of the book, a demonic killer. What will happen to a group of trick-or-treating children when the killer runs loose?

I don’t think I’ve seen a full-blown Mexican horror movie from this late in the chronological game yet; mostly I’ve seen them from the sixties and a few from the seventies. Some things have changed; this movie is certainly gorier than anything that came earlier. But there’s one thing that apparently hasn’t changed; they still seem willing to cross-pollinate different types of horror movies to come up with bizarre head-spinning fusions. This movie crosses the zombie apocalypse movie with the slasher film; to be even more specific, it’s like a cross between HALLOWEEN and CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS. The oddest touch to this mish-mash is that during the second half of the movie, the characters most threatened by all this bloody evil is a group of children, which is certainly something you wouldn’t have seen in an American movie of that time, especially as this movie is anything but kid-friendly. It’s bloody, cheesy, silly, and in its own way, rather jaw-droppingly irresistible. I guess I haven’t seen everything yet.

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