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1962 (USA) See more »
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A husband murders his wife, and years later her ghost emerges from a witch's mirror to take her revenge. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Rosa Arenas ... Deborah (as Rosita Arenas)
Armando Calvo ... Eduardo Ramos
Isabela Corona ... Sara
Dina de Marco ... Elena
Carlos Nieto ... Gustavo
Alfredo Wally Barrón ... Inspector (as Alfredo W. Barrón)
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Directed by
Chano Urueta 
 
Writing credits
Alfredo Ruanova (story) &
Carlos Enrique Taboada (story) (as Carlos E. Taboada)

Alfredo Ruanova (screenplay) &
Carlos Enrique Taboada (screenplay) (as Carlos E. Taboada)

Produced by
Abel Salazar .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gustavo César Carrión  (as Gustavo Cesar Carreon)
 
Cinematography by
Jorge Stahl Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Alfredo Rosas Priego 
 
Casting by
Guillermo Castillo 
 
Production Design by
Javier Torres Torija 
 
Set Decoration by
Dario Cabañas 
 
Makeup Department
María del Castillo .... makeup artist
Teresa Sánchez .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
José Alcalde .... production chief
Antonio Sandoval .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Américo Fernández .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor
Manuel Topete .... dialogue recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Horacio Calvillo .... lighting technician
León Sánchez .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Abraham Cruz .... synchronization editor
 
Music Department
Galdino R. Samperio .... music recordist (as Galdino Samperio Cruci)
 
Other crew
Carlos Falomir .... script supervisor
Manuel Martinez .... titles
Isaac Moreno .... delegate: actors
 

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Also Known As:
"The Witch's Mirror" - USA (dubbed version)
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75 min
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A Bona Fide Find From South Of The Border, 19 October 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

I was surprised to learn that "The Witch's Mirror" came out a year BEFORE director Chano Urueta and producer Abel Salazar released their more-well-known cult horror film "The Brainiac" (1961), as this earlier effort by the same team strikes me as a much more polished, effective and professionally made piece of work. "The Brainiac" had almost seemed the result of a Mexican Ed Wood making his first film while on acid, whereas "The Witch's Mirror" turns out to be a bona fide find; one of the best horror films I've seen in a while. The picture can be seen as two distinct stories, actually, cleaving fairly evenly down the middle. The first half tells of the revenge that a witch, Sara (who reminded me of Dr. Joyce Brothers, of all people!), takes on the man who poisoned her goddaughter, as well as on this man's replacement bride. This first half has a positively Gothic feel and could easily take place anytime during the last 200 years. The second half of the film veers off suddenly into "Frankenstein" and "Eyes Without a Face" territory, with a more modern-day vibe. The film offers up some strikingly composed shots, beautiful B&W photography, some eerie moments and, most surprising, some shocking gross-out elements. The FX are, for the most part, very well done (those crawling hands excepted, perhaps), and the picture winds up most satisfyingly indeed. I'm not sure that Debra's (wife #2's) ultimate fate is deserved, but whatcha gonna do? This IS a horror picture, after all, and quite an excellent one at that. My thanks to Casa Negra for rescuing it from relative oblivion. All horror buffs, I feel, should pounce on this one.

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