Hasta el viento tiene miedo

Hasta el viento tiene miedo, known in English as Even the Wind is Afraid and The Wind of Fear, is a 1968 (1967 according to the ITESM) Mexican gothic supernatural horror film, written and directed by Carlos Enrique Taboada. It is considered a cult movie in México and has been credited as having revitalized the Mexican horror genre.[1]

Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo
Directed byCarlos Enrique Taboada
Produced byJesús Grovas
Written byCarlos Enrique Taboada
StarringMarga López
Maricruz Olivier
Alicia Bonet
Norma Lazareno
Music byRaúl Lavista
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
90 minutes
LanguageSpanish

A remake was released in 2007.

PlotEdit

The film is about a group of students in an exclusive college for women, led by Claudia (Alicia Bonet) who decide to investigate a local tower that has figured prominently in disturbing and recurring dreams Claudia has been having. The dream also features a hanged woman's body. They are suspended from school for their antics, but Claudia learns from one of the female staff members that the person in the dream is a student who killed herself years before, and that the teacher has seen their ghost.

Andrea, the young woman who committed suicide in the tower, haunts the women's college seeking revenge for her terrible tragedy. When Andrea attended the college she learned that her mother was gravely ill and wished to be excused from school to visit her dying mother. When Bernarda, the principal, forbade her to leave, Andrea became distraught and overcome with grief. In a manic episode she decided to kill herself in the tower after the news of their mother's death.

Andrea now swears revenge and won't rest until Bernarda pays for what she did to her. One windy night, Andrea beckons Claudia to climb the stairs to the tower. Bernarda follows her and attempts to stop her. When Bernarda reaches the top of the stairs where Andrea killed herself, Bernarda encounters Andrea. Bernarda, terrified by fear, can't defend herself from Andrea and is fatally attacked by her.

Some time after the events of that stormy night, Claudia is set to go home and the new headmistress assures her that all is well in the college. As she walks to the school's main gate, she stares at the tower with fear, but the school's gardener tells her that Andrea is now resting in peace and is gone, this time for good.

CastEdit

  • Marga López as Bernarda, the principal
  • Maricruz Olivier as Lucía, the vice principal
  • Alicia Bonet as Claudia
  • Norma Lazareno as Kitty
  • Renata Saydel as Ivette
  • Elizabeth Dupeyrón as Josefina
  • Rita Sabre Marroquín as Silvia
  • Irma Castillón as Marina
  • Rafael Llamas as Diego
  • Sadi Dupeyrón (credited as Saidi Dupeyron) as Armando
  • Pamela Susan Hall as Andrea, the ghost
  • Enrique García Álvarez (credited Enrique Garcia) as Doctor Oliver
  • Lourdes Baledón as Verónica

ReleaseEdit

Hasta el viento tiene miedo was first released to theaters in Mexico in 1968. It was released to the United States in Blu-ray format in 2020.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Vulture listed the movie as one of their recommendations for Mexican horror, writing that "What we hear in the tension built through the ambience, the eponymous wind in particular, rings more affecting than what’s actually shown onscreen."[3] ComicsBeat praised the film for its acting, character development, and ambiance.[4]

Marca covered Hasta el viento tiene miedo for the film's 50th anniversary in 2018, noting its cult status. They spoke with actress Norma Lazareno, who stated that the movie was ahead of its time. She further commented that the director conspired with technicians to play tricks on the actresses, so that they would become unnerved during filming, which she credits as enhancing the movie's tension and fear factor.[5]

RemakeEdit

A remake, also titled Hasta el viento tiene miedo, was released in 2007. It was directed by Gustavo Moheno and starred Martha Higareda as the film's protagonist, who is committed after a failed suicide attempt.[6] The remake received negative critical reception while also receiving a more favorable reaction from the general public.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eljaiek-Rodríguez, Gabriel (2018). The Migration and Politics of Monsters in Latin American Cinema. Springer International Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 9783319972503.
  2. ^ Bellwoar, Rachel (2020-02-24). "'Even The Wind Is Afraid' Of Ghosts In Taboada's Spanish Horror Movie". COMICON. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  3. ^ Aguilar, Carlos (2019-08-28). "15 Essential Mexican Horror Movies to Watch Now". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  4. ^ Denis, Ricardo Serrano (2020-10-20). "Syndicated Comics". The Beat. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  5. ^ "Hasta el Viento tiene Miedo y los 'extraños sucesos' durante la filmación". MARCA Claro México (in Spanish). 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  6. ^ "Es "Hasta el viento tiene miedo" un híbrido que hay que ver: Moheno". La Crónica de Hoy. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  7. ^ Hernandez-Rodriguez, R. (2009-11-19). Splendors of Latin Cinema. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-0-313-34978-2.

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