Film Review: ALUCARDA (1978)

Film Review: ALUCARDA (1978)

Nov 6, 2016

IMDb: Alucarda (1978)
Director: Juan López Moctezuma
Stars: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero

If you haven’t already seen it, Alucarda is sure to become your favorite seventies blood bath focusing on lesbian vampires, witchcraft, and satanic rituals. With that being said, you know you have lots of genre blending insanity ahead of you if you are finding this for the first time. As a collector, I have found it a confusing title to find due to the numerous low quality releases and multiple release titles.

I own it on VHS, and feel like that is the best way to witness such a vintage gory sleaze-fest. Filmed in Mexico and directed by  Juan López Moctezuma, this is yet another adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu‘s novel that you’ve seen in films like The Vampire Lovers, The Blood Spattered Bride, and Vampyr. So aside from the fact that it is yet another re-tellling of your favorite satanic-vampire-lesbian-love-story, you also need to make sure you don’t buy it more than once under its numerous US video release titles. So keep an eye out for films titled Innocents from Hell (my VHS copy), Mark of the Devil 3, Mark of the Devil Part 3: Innocence from Hell, and Sisters of Satan, because they are all the same damn movie.

As far as I’m concerned, you need to find this freakin’ movie. Due to the confusing nature of the releases, I do not know if they are different cuts. I know my VHS copy (Innocents from Hell) had a longer run time than the IMDB page. I would like to think (or at least hope) that there isn’t too much difference between the releases. If anything, you can always go on IMDB and compare the running time to the title that you find. Just do your research…shit, do you want me to come over and type it into Google for you too. All you need to know from me is that my copy was brutal and amazing. It is scary, sexy, and bloody. It is disturbing and unsettling in that way that only some vintage films can accomplish. I just can’t believe I didn’t know about this film sooner; since, I only recently found out about it from a friend’s recommendation on Facebook.

As a horror fan, my favorite thing about it is the fact that it covers multiple genres…multiple genres that I truly appreciate. This movie fulfills my need for vampires, satanic rites, witchcraft, and gore. It also transcends these genres by creating an insanely effective visual and auditory experience. This, of course, creates the mash up you need when you are trying to create a film that blends genres. On top of how well each genre is portrayed in this film, it also has well done gore effects that would even satisfy the modern splatter fan. It even has some great sleaze, for fans of exploitation and sexploitation.