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Alucarda (1977)

Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas (original title)
After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

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Susan Inman
Alejandra Moya
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A young girl's arrival at a convent after the death of her parents marks the beginning of a series of events that unleash an evil presence on the girl and her mysterious new friend, an enigmatic figure known as Alucarda. Demonic possession, Satan worship, and vampirism follows. Written by acidxian

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They gave their souls to Hell... but the Devil wanted MORE! [Canada]

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26 January 1978 (Mexico)  »

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Alucarda, when spelled backward, means 'adracula'. See more »

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Alucarda: And this is what the devil does.
Alucarda: He grants us vertues to expand his kingdom, the only valid one.
Justine: God with his lack of knowledge, does not understand this truth.
Justine: And apose of it with false toughts and prayers.
Mother Superior: [Mother Superior screams] God, silence.
Alucarda: [Alucarda and Justine both chant] Satan satan satan, our lord and master.
Alucarda: I acknowledge thee as my god and prince.
Alucarda: I promise to serve and obey thee as long as i shall live.
Alucarda: I pronounce the other god and all the saints.
Mother Superior: Don't listen to them, don't ...
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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They Don't Make 'Em Like this Anymore
22 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

This deliciously sacrilegious and surreal bit of insanity from 1978 is pure exploitative gold. They just don't make them like this anymore!

The sets are imaginative and quite impressive. The convent has the appearance of a cave and the multiple tiered Christs hanging from the ceiling is one of the most brilliant props I have ever seen! Instead of traditional habits, the nuns are clothed in what appears to be torn bloodied bandages. Tina Romero, who plays Alucarda gives a brooding and wonderfully wicked performance. When the action starts, it keeps a spirited pace right through to the end. There is more hysterical female screaming then I've ever witnessed in a single film! The dialog is over dramatic at times and there are a few moments that are bordering on cheesy but Moctezuma's strange, daunting and moody presentation keeps it from slipping into silliness. There is some great bonus material on the DVD, including a brief doc on the films director, Juan López Moctezuma and an interview with Guillermo Del Toro. You will be treated to bizarre images, flagellating nuns, satanic rituals, copious nudity, lesbianism, and bloody violence. It is all complimented nicely by some trippy organ music. This little gem from Mexico City is a must see for horror fans! Highly recommended!


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