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Poison for the Fairies (1984)

Veneno para las hadas (original title)
A 10 year old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.

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Cast overview:
Ana Patricia Rojo ...
Elsa María Gutiérrez ...
Flavia (as Elsa María)
Leonor Llausás ...
La Bruja (as Leonor Llauzas)
Carmen Stein ...
Nana (as Carmela Stein)
María Santander ...
Ernesto Schwartz ...
Tono
Rocío Lazcano ...
Senora Ellia
Blanca Lidia Muñoz ...
Madame Rickard (as Blanca Lydia Muñoz)
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Flavia's Father (voice)
Lilia Aragón ...
Flavia's Mother (voice)
Hilda Pérez Carbajal ...
Madame Rickard (voice)
Marcela Páez ...
Grandmother (voice)
Araceli de León ...
Nana (voice)
Patricia Acevedo ...
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Mexico City circa 1965: Flavia is an aristocratic little girl, who is very lonely and bored. At school she meets and befriends a strange and beautiful girl named Verónica, who dreams of becoming a witch. Their games get increasingly sadistic and macabre, and escalate to involve the bloody murder of a piano teacher and macabre mayhem. Written by Mateo Monasterio <mateo_monasterio@hotmail.com>

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In the final scene, Flavia is shown standing in an empty yard. The angle switches, and there is a very short shot of her sitting with her knees clearly bent, as if she is on a chair or a bench. In the next shot, she is standing again with nothing nearby on which she might have been sitting. See more »

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Some atmosphere and style but a little uneventful
20 June 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This Mexican horror/fantasy is a tale told from a child's perspective, so much so that all of the adult characters in the story are only ever partially shown – an arm, a leg, a hand, etc. It's quite a good stylistic choice and creates very much a child's world. It focuses on two young girls who meet at a Catholic school, one of whom claims to be a witch. Events transpire to back this up somewhat and so both of them then go on an extended search for ingredients to make a poison that will kill fairies, who are traditional enemies of witches.

This is quite far from being a straight horror film. Its focus on folklore aligns it more with the fantasy genre, while its coming-of-age central storyline is not always interested in the macabre. It is certainly an interesting work from a stylistic perspective, yet not much really happens in its runtime and it does consequently drag somewhat at times. Its punctuated by some dreamlike imagery of witches and the like and these add some atmosphere. But the feeling I had mainly was this was a film that never really maximised its potential. It has excellent ingredients, just not mixed in quite the right way.


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