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Curandero (2005)

R | | Horror | 18 October 2005 (USA)
A journey that takes one man into the bowels of black magic in Mexico City

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(as Eduardo Andrés Rodriguez González)

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(original screenplay), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Carlos
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Gabriel Pingarrón ...
Castaneda
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Don Carlos
Jorge Zepeda ...
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Oscar
Ernesto Yáñez ...
Don Chi Chi
Javier Escobar ...
Alex
Eligio Meléndez ...
Gomez
René Campero ...
Blascoe
Antonio Monroi ...
Roberto
Jorge Abraham ...
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Curandero: Dawn of the Demon is an action-packed horror flick that takes a couple on a horrifying journey through the deepest bowels of the Mexican underworld. When beautiful federal agent Magdalena calls upon the local curandero (Gallardo) for his services to purify a police station, the two of suddenly find themselves immersed in a satanic cult's blood-thirsty battleground. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for grisly images, violence and language | See all certifications »
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Curandero: Dawn of the Demon  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The title roughly translates to "The Healer". See more »

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Dark and depraved Mexican black-magic shocker
27 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Brought in by the Mexican police, a local healer is thrust into a battle by the police against a Satanic-led cult of black magic and its powerful leader which forces him to use all his powers to stop him.

There's a lot to like with this one that manages to get in some plentiful enjoyable elements. The fact that this one centers so much around the concept of black magic and demonic powers that there's some utterly demented and disturbing visuals here. Flashes of dismembered and desecrated bodies bleeding profusely from sacrificial wounds, covered with bugs and insects or scenes of people covered in blood or massive wounds in just his point-of-view start getting more and frequent as time goes on in here and this truly starts getting all the more chilling when it slowly starts getting play in the storyline about what they all mean. It really feels quite cohesive to the story about the mystical cult leader who is actively given a lot of time to strut his powers by appearing only to torment the hero in numerous opportunities, forcing strange and violent visionary day-dreams upon him and using his demonic powers to keep himself alive in the face of his enemies so we have a ton of reasons to fear him and what he can do, so the connection with those deranged visions feels so logical they become immeasurably chilling and creepy. When added with a lot of action scenes including several shoot-outs and a chilling chase through a crowded marketplace, this really sets a chilling tone that works quite well for the film. About the only thing that really doesn't work in this one is a bit bigger than expected, which is the plot-line involving his father. It makes a lot of sense to include such a thread in a story like this, but the fact that it really just feels so shoe-horned into the action that it strangely manages to slow down the plot so that it can not only introduce a storyline to help the hero but fix a problem that was never noticed until then. It makes the film sort of drag into the finale rather than sprint into it, but this isn't all too damaging and still keeps it quite enjoyable throughout.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.


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