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La bruja (1954)

Thieves break into a scientist's laboratory to steal a secret formula, and in the process they kill his daughter. Enraged, he develops a formula that will turn an extremely ugly woman into ... See full summary »

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Stars: Miroslava, Carlos Navarro, José María Linares-Rivas
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Lilia del Valle ...
La Bruja / Condesa Nora
Ramón Gay ...
Fedor
Julio Villarreal ...
Doctor Boerner
Charles Rooner ...
Gunther Strecker
Fernando Wagner ...
Jan
Luis Aceves Castañeda ...
Paulesco
José René Ruiz ...
(as Rene Ruiz 'Tun Tun')
Ángel Di Stefani ...
(as Angel Stefani)
Guillermo Hernández ...
Asesino de Mirtha (as Guillermo Hernandez Lobo Negro)
Guillermina Téllez Girón ...
Mirtha
Diana Ochoa
Emilio Garibay
José Pardavé ...
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Thieves break into a scientist's laboratory to steal a secret formula, and in the process they kill his daughter. Enraged, he develops a formula that will turn an extremely ugly woman into a spectacular beauty, and then uses the woman to take his revenge on those responsible for his daughter's murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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She-Devil's Good Sister

Surprisingly effective and atmospheric Mexican horror film directed by Chano Urueta, which mixes elements from every story featuring a mad scientist or a woman falling in love with the wrong man, from Fritz Lang's "M" and, above anything else, the basic premise of "The Miraculous Serum" (1952), first adaptation of Stanley G. Weinbaum's short story "The Adaptative Ultimate", made for the TV series "Tales of Tomorrow", and later remade -again for television- as "Beyond Return" (1955) for the series "Science Fiction Theatre", and finally as the film feature "She Devil" (1957), in which Mari Blanchard played a brunette with TB who was turned into a lethal and invulnerable blonde. There is a big difference, though: after "The Witch" (called as such because of her extremely ugly face) is injected with the serum, turned into a beautiful woman, and educated and polished to pass as a rich countess (Lilia del Valle), she remains emotionally vulnerable. She has to kill three business men who supposedly wronged the scientist (Julio Villarreal), but she falls for the young, dashing Fedor (Ramón Gay), leading the story to tragedy, when all the marginal and handicapped men and women from the underworld (as in "M") create their own court of justice… It is funny how in these strange Mexican fabrications, names and locations from Eastern Europe are candidly mixed with native elements, and in the end get away with it. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why many of them are so fascinating, including others directed by Urueta, as "El monstruo resucitado", "El espejo de la bruja" and "El barón del terror".


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