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?
When the teenage orphan Justine arrives in a convent, she befriends Alucarda, who was raised since she was a baby by the nuns. They become best friends and stay together most of the time. When they meet a gypsy on the forest, he is indeed Satan and possesses the teenagers. Soon the convent is turned upside-down affecting the lives of Alucarda, Justine, the nuns and Father Lázaro. The skeptic Dr. Oszek will also witness a showdown between good and evil affecting his beliefs.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alucarda, when spelled backward, means 'adracula'. See more »
And this is what the devil does.
He grants us vertues to expand his kingdom, the only valid one.
God with his lack of knowledge, does not understand this truth.
And apose of it with false toughts and prayers.
[Mother Superior screams]
[Alucarda and Justine both chant]
Satan satan satan, our lord and master.
I acknowledge thee as my god and prince.
I promise to serve and obey thee as long as i shall live.
I renounce the other god and all the saints.
Don't listen to them, don't listen to them.
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Satanic imagery abounds in this late 70's Mexican production; rituals, orgies, gypsies, nuns on fire, crosses, lots of screaming, flagellation, a nude lady in a blood-filled coffin it's got a bit of everything. My favorite scenes would have to be during the blood pact sequence between Alucarda and Justine, in which we get a satyr-like gypsy appearing out of nowhere to conduct the ritual and Alucarda initially in a trance, nude, and bending far backwards. This shot is just surreal. Also, intercut with all this is a nun praying for them, who eventually levitates; another memorable image. Sadly, the plot is thin and there are several laughable parts but all in all, this was a decent watch.
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