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A photojournalist traveling through the Pyrenees on assignment with a beautiful writer stays overnight at an ancient Spanish castle, only to hear that the adjoining mountain is occupied by a coven of witches. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Patty Shepard ... Delia
Cihangir Gaffari ... Mario (as John Caffari)
Mónica Randall ... Carla
Guillermo Bredeston
Soledad Silveyra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Barboo ... Hombre encadenado
María Eugenia Calleja
Ana Farra ... Santa
Carmen Herrera
Víctor Israel ... Posadero
Conchita Linares
Inés Morales ... Mujer gato

Directed by
Raúl Artigot 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Raúl Artigot  screenplay
Raúl Artigot  story
Juan Cortés  screenplay
Juan Cortés  story
Félix Fernández  screenplay
Félix Fernández  story
José Truchado  screenplay
José Truchado  story

Original Music by
Fernando García Morcillo 
Cinematography by
Fernando Espiga 
Ramón Sempere 
Film Editing by
Pedro del Rey 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrés Vich .... first assistant director

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Also Known As:
"The Witches Mountain" - USA (TV title)
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80 min | USA:84 min (DVD)
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
odd and trippy Spanish horror, 25 May 2008
Author: andrabem from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"El monte de las brujas" (The witches' mountain) is a strange and compelling film. I've found it casually in ebay and ordered it. The transfer of the film, made from a VHS tape, is not good, and the film obviously suffered cuts, but even so I've quite enjoyed the film.

We are introduced to Carla (Monica Randall) arriving at a house. In the house, a hysterical little girl has stabbed some dolls and killed the cat. Carla tries to calm down the girl but all to no use. The little girl (so it seems) takes a snake out of somewhere. The snake slithers slowly through the girl's hair. Carla watches everything and crouches a little. Suddenly, Fire! The beginning credits of the film start to roll followed by a weird and loud chanting. What really happened is anybody's guess.

Next scene: Mario (John Gaffari), a photographer writing for a newspaper/magazine, arrives at home. When he turns the lights on, guess who's waiting for him? Carla. She wants to resume their relationship. He says no. Carla says to Mario that he'll regret his decision. Cut.

Mario starts off for Witches' Mountain. His assignment is to take good pictures of the area. On the way there, he meets a beautiful girl on a beach. She is sunbathing topless. He takes some pictures from her and invites her to go with him to Witches' Mountain. She's Delia (Patty Shepard). She accepts his invitation, and both of them head for Witches' Mountain in Mario's car. This is, very briefly told, the beginning of the film. From then on strange small things begin to happen to them (warnings?).

The more they approach Witches' Mountain, the more ominous things become, and when they arrive there.....

The film is very atmospheric. If you like off-the-beaten-track eurohorror, this film is a must. The beautiful mountainous scenery, the dreamy night scenes in the woods haunted by dark silhouettes and weird chantings, old ruined houses, fog....

"El monte de las brujas" transmits a feeling of total spontaneity. The cameras, the actors, the landscape, the wondrous soundtrack seem to belong together. John Gaffari, as Mario, and Patty Shepard as Delia, as well as all the other actors, are excellent. "The witches' mountain" is very creative and... trippy. But if you only like horror films with lots of scares and blood, then avoid this one at all costs.

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