The Witch's Mirror, a review by Danae Cassandra
The Witch's Mirror (El espejo de la bruja)
Year of Release: 1960
Directed By: Chano Urueta
Starring: Rosita Arenas, Armando Calvo, Isabela Corona, Dina De Marco
A benevolent witch (Isabela Corona) enchants a magic mirror to protect her adopted daughter Elena (Dina de Marco) from her cruel husband (Armando Calvo). When the incantation fails and the girl is murdered, the witch vows revenge using every unholy principle of the supernatural that she can conjure. An unforgettable foray into black magic, high spookery and dazzling storytelling, CasaNegra is proud to present The Witch's Mirror restored and remastered for the first time on DVD in a brand new transfer - including the blasphemous resurrection of the slain Elena!
The first half of this seems like a low-budget but well-scripted gothic. At the midpoint it turns to gothic meets mad scientist horror. This is by no means bad, as the script holds together with the thread of supernatural vengeance running through all of it. It is a film of witchcraft, and the witch is a powerful force of evil. Nonetheless, she is not the villain of the film.
The budget is low, and the script derivative (Eyes Without a Face is an obvious influence) but the filmmakers create enough atmosphere and the performances are good enough to overlook that. If I've one major criticism, it's that the witch, Sara, targets the innocent second wife as much as the guilty husband. Too often women are pitted against each other by society, and Sara labels Deborah an 'evil woman' for actions outside her control. That aside, I enjoyed the film and would recommend it to fans of gothic horror.
Watched For: Scavenger Hunt 19, Hoop-tober 3.0, Horror/Halloween Challenge 2016
Bechdel Test: Pass
Mako Mori Test: Fail
Horror/Halloween Challenge Films: 6/52
(From Horror/Halloween 2016 Challenge on October 6th, 2016)
Vixen!, a review by Jimmy
MOVIE / DVD INFO:
Title: Vixen! (1968)
Director: Russ Meyer (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls)
Video: Full Frame
Subtitles: No subtitles
Erica Gavin (Erika's Hot Summer)
Garth Pillsbury (If You Don't Stop It... You'll Go Blind!!!)
Harrison Page (Carnosaur)
Jon Evans (Song of the Loon)
Vincene Wallace (A Sweet Sickness)
Vixen lives in a Canadian mountain resort with her naive pilot husband. While he's away flying in tourists, she gets it on with practically everybody including a husband and his wife, and even her biker brother. She is openly racist, and she makes it clear that she won't do the wild thing with her brother's biker friend, who is black.
My Thoughts:Russ Meyer is one of the few director in the exploitation genre who has made a sucessfull transition to the mainstream with « Beyond the Valley of the Dolls », but he is returned to exploitation after one other film and that a good thing since the studio try to controlling him too much.
Surprisingly even if I'm an exploitation film fan this is the only movie direct by Russ Meyer that I own, but I will correct that soon when I will order this Boxset. I will receive the money for it, so why not? The version of Vixen that I own is the British Pal zone 0 release by Arrow Films (the only way to go, don't order any region 1 release by RM Films International (the DVD are costly and the money goes to the last woman in his life who had stole him and profited of the fact that he had the alzheimer disease to cut him from his past).
This movie was filmed in Canada (British Columbia to be precise) and the visual is great (we don't watch a Meyer film for this). The star of this feature is Erica Gavin and that's her best movie performance even if it was her first one. She was not the most beautifull girl (it's a question of taste, but she's not my type), but she extricate sensuality everytime she's on the screen. The scene when she rejoins her brother in the shower before having sex with him is something to see. The way she talks to the black man (Harrison Page) is something that you will not see anymore in our politically correct society, she hates him and that's clear in her words and her facial expressions. The other woman is Vincene Wallace and in my opinion she's better looking than Erica Gavin (just look at the picture) and she was a good actress too (I can't understand why she was not more sucessfull in the exploitation genre, but I have a soft spot for the red-haired woman). The men in the cast are good too, especially Garth Pillsbury (Vixen husband) and Harrison Page.
This movie is a good introduction to the works of Russ Meyer and I recommand it strongly, it's a classic what do you think I will say
(From The little known movie review depot on March 1st, 2008)
"Big Bang Theory" Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
12. The Jersualem Duality
When a child prodigy arrives on campus, Sheldon graciously sets out to destroy him.
I found this episode to be fun... but just not as good as the previous episodes. It was a lot of fun to see Sheldon being challenged by a teenager like this though.
(From "Big Bang Theory" Marathon on September 30th, 2008)