On May 5th, 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza and 2000 loyal men, fortified the town of Puebla and held strong against an invasion of 6000 French troops when they attacked the city. At the end of the day, the French retreated. It may not have turned the tables on the war against the French but it was a symbolic victory for the Mexican government and their people. So now on May 5th of each year, people of Mexican descent celebrate their heritage, remembering that great victory. Or for everyone else, to eat tacos and drink Tequila!
What better time to celebrate those of Mexican heritage in the horror film genre! So here’s your mission: You need to find and watch two horror films that you have not seen before that was either produced in Mexico, such as Somos lo que hay (aka We Are What We Are, 2010), takes place in Mexico, such as The Ruins (2008), or was directed by someone of Mexican descent… like, say… Guillermo del Toro. Hell, I’d even accept the Spanish language version of Dracula (1931)!
Now let’s not get confused with our friends from Spain, since that country’s horror output is quite impressive. But Mexico has definitely made an impact on the genre as well. Plus, you could always go back to the ’50s and ’60s when they were cranking out those old black and white films, like The Curse of the Crying Woman (1962) or Braniac (1962). So I think you’ll have a lot to choose from.
You have until 11:59pm on May 31st to find, watch, and report back on the two films you have chosen. Good Luck, Soldiers. Or should I say, ¡Buena suerte, soldados!