Tuesday, October 01, 2019

31 Days of Halloween - Day 1 - Movie

As his son and daughter undertake serious romances, the ailing patriarch of the family is discovered to have been keeping his deceased, and now vampire, wife locked away in a hidden room where he whips her regularly. The son, mistakenly believing he can reach his true mother within the vampire, sets off a chain of events that proves to be the ruin for just about everyone in the movie.

More soap opera than horror movie, Ibulong Mo sa Hangin / Curse of the Vampires (1966) is more interested in the family and societal dynamics than outright scares. This Filipino film has some nice atmosphere, and characters you do end up caring about. Most of what's new here stems from the cultural differences shown that vary from the usual European vampire movie, with a greater emphasis on religion, and a fascinating and impressive finale that is a step up on the angry villagers with torches and pitchforks scenario.


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