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Poison for the Fairies (1985)

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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Carlos Enrique Taboada (story), Carlos Enrique Taboada (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ana Patricia Rojo ... Verónica
Elsa María Gutiérrez Elsa María Gutiérrez ... Flavia (as Elsa María)
Leonor Llausás ... La Bruja (as Leonor Llauzas)
Carmen Stein Carmen Stein ... Nana (as Carmela Stein)
María Santander María Santander ... Miss Aragón
Ernesto Schwartz Ernesto Schwartz ... Tono
Rocío Lazcano Rocío Lazcano ... Senora Ellia
Blanca Lidia Muñoz Blanca Lidia Muñoz ... Madame Rickard (as Blanca Lydia Muñoz)
Sergio Bustamante ... Flavia's Father (voice)
Lilia Aragón ... Flavia's Mother (voice)
Hilda Pérez Carbajal Hilda Pérez Carbajal ... Madame Rickard (voice)
Marcela Páez Marcela Páez ... Grandmother (voice)
Araceli de León Araceli de León ... Nana (voice)
Patricia Acevedo Patricia Acevedo ... (voice)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1985 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Evil Fairies See more »

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1.85 : 1
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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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An alternate ending was shot where both girls escape the burning house, not just one of them, and swear each other to secrecy. Also, Jaime's murder is edited out on most TV prints See more »

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A Very Good, Tense, Fantastic, and Scary Film
2 August 2002 | by o_lopezSee all my reviews

Veneno Para las Hadas is a very good horror/fantasy movie. It's very psychological too because Graciela (Ana Patricia Rojo) constantly submits her new friend Fabiola (Elsa Maria Gutierrez) through extortion forcing her to believe her that she is a witch and bad things could happen to Fabiola if she doesn't give her what she wants. Graciela is an orphan who listens to her grandmother's horrific fairy tales and her nanny's knowledge about withces and pacts with the devil. Graciela learns a lot about witchcraft and uses her knowledge against Fabiola, the daughter of a rich family, who is new in the all-girls private school where the two first meet. Contrary to Graciela, Fabiola is brought up in a very modern way being told that ghosts, demons and witches don't exist. Not even prayers are encouraged in Fabiola's family. Knowing this Graciela forces Fabiola into giving her the things she wants on basis of her being a witch and there is more convincement by Fabiola when a strange coincidence totally convinces Fabiola that her new friend is indeed a witch. Fabiola changes from skeptic of everything (including prayers) to a believer of ghosts and witches.

The movie is set apart by only the main character's points of view because we never see the faces of the adults, we only see them in unnatural ways or in very low light. Even though Graciela appears to be evil, she and Fabiola are still very young and childish in their behavior.

A great musical score by Carlos Jimenez Mabarak delivers a fairy tale-like atmosphere to the already beautiful cinematography by Lupe Garcia. Set in early 60's Mexico City and the Tlaxcala woods, Veneno para las adas is a fairy tale by itself. A very dark one anyways, like the ones the Nana tells Graciela before going to bed.


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