“Alucarda” (1978)

Films And Lice


By Jerome Reuter

Alucarda is a 1978 nun-sploitation/horror film, directed by Juan Lopez Moctezuma. Truth be told, I feel it’s severely underrated. I consider it in the same league as Amando De Ossorio’s Tombs Of The Blind Dead. This is one of the best horror films to emerge from Latin America. Much like the blind dead series, it manages to touch on themes of Catholic guilt, old superstitions, and devil worship. In some circles, some have even compared it to Ken Russell’s The Devils. The film has even received praise from acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro.

The story is centered on two girls living in a convent. (Catholic guilt, much?) The two girls in question are named Alucarda and Justine. I’ve always seen the Justine character as a slight homage to the Marquis De Sade novel of the same name. Anyway, the two forge a close relationship that…

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