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Thursday, May 4th 2006

10:27 AM

Haunted Hacienda: The Art of the Mexican Horror Film

  • Posted by: Steve Biodrowski
  • Event Date & Time: Opening reception for a gallery showing of movie stills & artwork
  • Location: Drkrm Gallery - 2121 North San Fernando Road, Suite 3 in Los Angeles
  • In Person: David Del Valle

It seems my old friend Davd Del Valle* is providing the stills for a gallery showing dedicated to the art of Mexican horror films.

For those of you who don't know, Mexico churned out horror films in the late 1950s, through the 1960s and early '70s, before tapering off. These movies, usually in black-and-white, were heavily influenced by the Universal classics of the 1930s (they tended to feature traditional monsters like vampires and werewolves), but they also had their own unique slant. For instance, instead of an Egyptian mummy, Mexico featured an Aztec mummy. And, as often as not, the heroes fighting the monsters were masked wrestlers!

There will be an open reception for the debut of the exhibit on Friday, May 5, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The show through June 3 at the Drkrm gallery. (No, I don't know why they use no vowells in their name.)

Click here for more information at David's website, or call Drkrm at (323) 223-6867.

*David and I met in the late 1980s, when we collaborated on a cover story for Cinefantastique magazine on the career of horror film star Vincent Price.