N.p. N.p., 1957-1961. Archive of 93 vintage reference photographs from four seminal Mexican horror exploitation films, including 20 from "La Maldicion de la Momia Azteca" (1957), 27 from "El Baron del Terror" (1961), 14 from "Munecos Infernales" (1961), and 32 from "La Sangre de Nostradamus" (1962).
One of the more popular genres during the golden age of Mexican cinema (1957-1977) was horror, usually featuring vampires, zombies, witches, mad scientists, ape-men, and other macabre and supernatural figures. The films are valuable today as records of distinctly Mexican cinematic and cultural codes—ones which at times stood in direct contrast with the mores of Hollywood—raising issues of gender, the conflict between modernity and tradition, and Mexicanidad, or Mexican national identity. The introduction of these films to the US can be single-handedly attributed to entrepreneur K. Gordon Murray, who brought films from Mexico and distributed them to American television and late-night drive-ins in the 1960s.
Captured in the archive are images of many Mexploitation principals, including Rene Cardona, Ramon Gay, Elvira Quintana, German Robles, and Abel and Alfredo Salazar, among many others.
Approximately 10 x 8 inches. Near Fine.
Complete collation details available upon request.