Everyone has their staples for Halloween watching, like John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and “Nightmare Before Christmas.” But be forewarned, gentle reader, because your master of Scarimonies (God, I sound like the Crypt Keeper), Dukey Flyswatter, will suggest some gems and themes that may have flown drastically under your radar, like a schizophrenic Vampire Bat.
This week’s theme is Horror Obscura: The foreign market. Most scream fanatic fiends will know these flickers from across the pond and beyond, but I’m always surprised at how many of these get the short shrift on the Devil’s A-List.
Tuesday Oct. 11th Even The Wind Is Afraid. (1968) Mexico
Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada. Stars: Marga Lopez, Maricruz Olivier, Alicia Bonet.
I’m pretty sure that Guillermo Del Toro was influenced by this film, as much of it plays like “The Devil’s Back Bone.” It’s slower and less gory, but still very much a class act. A teenager in an all-girl boarding school has horrid dreams and eventually is led by a ghost to reveal a hushed up accident in the past and a gateway to revenge. This shows up on Spanish Speaking TV stations from time to time and streaming online sites like YouTube. Give it a shot.