Friday, May 26, 2006

CasaNegra unleashes weird Mexi-horror classics!

CasaNegra is a new DVD label, related in some way to the great Panik House label (home of those amazing Pinky Violence movies, you do have those Pinky Violence DVDs, right?), that is dedicated to unearthing in pristine form classics of Mexican Horror Cinema. June 27 will see the release of THE WITCH'S MIRROR (the only film of these I've yet seen albiet via a scratchy, dubbed print on an old Something Weird Video VHS) and THE CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN. In August they unleash THE BRAINIAC (a film I've longed to see for quite some time) as well as the just announced BLACK PIT OF DR. M! Very, very exciting!
Here's CasaNegra's rundown on the films and the technical details of the DVDs:

CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN
CasaNegra Entertainment is proud to present a spellbinding classic of Mexican horror cinema, Rafael Baledon’s The Crying Woman (1961).

A visually lush, gothic story based loosely on the real legend of La Llorona, the Crying Spirit. Beautifully filmed and dripping with atmosphere, Baledon's Curse of the Crying Woman is considered a true horror classic. A phantom figure attacks a horse-drawn carriage in the woods. As the police investigate the grisly murders, young Amelia (Rosa Arenas) travels to the old mansion of her Aunt Selma (Rita Macedo) close to where the murders took place. Shortly after her arrival Amelia uncovers dark family secrets, including rumors of torture, murder and witchcraft! Each sinister revelation exposes a more diabolical mystery. Whose charred corpse lay buried in the family crypt? Why does Aunt Selma cast no reflection? And finally: What terrors will be unleashed by The Curse of the Crying Woman?

Based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona, The Curse of the Crying Woman is a stately, breathtaking excursion in bone-chilling fear and cinematic exhilaration. CasaNegra Entertainment is proud to present this classic tale of bedeviled bloodlines, mysterious murders and supernatural evil for the first time ever on DVD in a brand new, restored transfer with completely re-mastered picture and sound.

Special Features:

* Original Uncut Version
* Completely Re-Mastered Picture & Sound from Newly Restored Vault Elements
* Bilingual Menus in English & Spanish
* Audio Commentary by Mexican Cinema Expert Michael Liuzza
* Full Color Booklet: The Legend of Llorona by Entertainment Weekly’s Peter Landau
* Exclusive CasaNegra Loteria Game Card
* Essay on Legendary Actor, Filmmaker Rafael Baledon by noted film historian David Wilt
* Cast Biographies
* Poster and Stills Gallery


THE WITCH'S MIRROR
“Chano Urueta’s THE WITCH’S MIRROR is an exercise in pure cinema, in which countless allusions to previous movies and a virtual catalog of special effects techniques are used to illustrate a delirious tale of witchcraft vs. mad science.”
~David Wilt - Publisher, Mexican Film Bulletin.

CasaNegra Entertainment presents one of Mexican cinema’s most mesmerizing horror classics, The Witch’s Mirror.

A poetic tale of madness and horror from director Chano Urueta. The Witch's Mirror is one of the landmark films of the Mexi-horror genre. 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!

Special Features:

* Original Uncut Version
* Completely Re-Mastered Picture & Sound from Newly Restored Vault Elements
* Bilingual Menus in English & Spanish
* Audio Commentary by Founder of IVTV, Frank Coleman
* Exclusive CasaNegra Loteria Game Card
* Essay: Chanovision: The Films of Mexican Cult Moviemaker, Chano Urueta
* Cast Biographies
* Poster and Stills Gallery


THE BRAINIAC
CasaNegra Entertainment presents Mexico's all-time horror classic Brainiac.

The year is 1661. Baron Vitelius (Abel Salazar) stands accused of consorting with the devil. The penalty: death. Cursing his inquisitors as they burn him at the stake, the Baron’s revenge comes 300 years later, in the form of a horrifying fork-tongued incarnation of the Baron, hellbent on devouring the brains of the descendents of those who killed him. As bodies pile up, the police become mystified. Who is draining the skulls of local call-girls and well-to-do banquet-goers alike? And, more importantly, how many flamethrowers will it take to stop him? Brainiac is the supernatural cult classic that has been beloved for decades by fans of spook-show matinees and late-night monster movie marathons.

Famously imported to the U.S. by exploitation icon K. Gordon Murray in the 1960s, Brainiac is at once lurid and loony, unnerving and uproarious, spellbinding and surreal.

CasaNegra is proud to present this milestone of Mexican cinema digitally remastered and uncut for the first time on DVD.

Special Features:

* Original Uncut Version
* Completely Re-Mastered Picture & Sound from Newly Restored Vault Elements
* Bilingual Menus in English & Spanish
* Essay: Keep Repeating, It’s only the Most Bizzare Horror Film Ever Made. By Casamiro Buneavista
* The Official Brainiac “Interactive” Press Kit
* Audio Commentary by Kirb Pheeler, Creator of the Brainiac Interactive Press Kit
* Original 1969 U.S. Theatrical Release Radio Spot
* Exclusive CasaNegra Loteria Card Game
* Cast & Crew Biographies
* Poster & Stills Gallery



THE BLACK PIT OF DR. M
By day, Dr. Mazali (Rafael Bertrand) runs an insane asylum. By night, he lashes out at the veil between this life and the next, desperate to contact his former partner, Dr. Harrison Aldeman (Jacinto Aldama), who was executed for a crime he did not commit. What follows is madness, tragedy, agonizing violence and the unrelenting horror of infinite damnation.

The Black Pit of Dr. M is a masterpiece of gothic filmmaking punctuated by shocking jolts and beautiful imagery that render it years ahead of its time. It is also a major accomplishment in chilling tone, unsettling atmosphere and wildly inventive storytelling.

CasaNegra is proud to present this much sought-after classic digitally remastered and uncut for the first time on DVD.

Special Features:

* Original Uncut Version
* Completely Re-Mastered Picture & Sound from Newly Restored Vault Elements
* Bilingual Menus in English & Spanish
* Photo Essay: Mexican Monsters Invade the U.S.
* Exclusive Black Pit of Dr. M Rock Video composed by 21st Century Art
* Biography on Director Fernando Mendez By Film Historian David Wilt
* Audio Commentary by IVTV founder Frank Coleman
* Exclusive CasaNegra Loteria Game Card
* Cast Biographies
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Poster and Stills Gallery



Miss these at your own peril!

2 comments:

Scott said...

I was checking out their site just the other week. It's about time this happened. I was very disappointed when SWV acquired nearly the entire K. Gordon Murray Mexi-Madness library a few years ago, only to find them all discontinued about 6 months later. Needless to say, this is very exciting news!

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