Curandero (English Subtitled) 2013 R

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From Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY, MACHETE) comes this terrifying adventure about a drug-crazed satanic cult making black magic mayhem in Mexico City.

Starring:
Carlos Gallardo, Gizeht Galatea
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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Curandero (English Subtitled)

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Eduardo Rodriguez
Starring Carlos Gallardo, Gizeht Galatea
Supporting actors Gabriel Pingarrón, José Carlos Ruiz, Jorge Zepeda, Sergio Acosta, Ernesto Yáñez, Javier Escobar, Eligio Meléndez, René Campero, Antonio Monroi, Jorge Abraham
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Cheap, ratty, bad effects, idiotic detective work, not scary, not creepy, not entertaining.
Tim Colles
The only problem that I had is that they messed with the sound volume too much and you have to watch it with your finger on the volume.
Elgordo123
This particular curandero is recruited by a female detective to capture the evil Castanedo, the leader of a killer cult.
Michael Butts

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAVID HUGHES on March 12, 2013
Format: DVD
There's nothing wrong with doing favours for friends, but writer-director Eduardo Rodriguez owes Robert Rodriguez (no relation) big time. The tag `Robert Rodriguez presents' affixed to Curandero (occasionally subtitled Dawn of the Demon) is the primary reason most people will be drawn to Venezuelan-born Eduardo Rodriguez's 2005 film, a slice of South-of-the-border ritualistic black magic adapted (by Rodriguez and Luz Maria Rojas) from an original screenplay by Robert Rodriguez himself. Most will be disappointed.

The story begins as Mexico City detective Magdalena Garcia (Gizeht Galatea) calls upon the services of Carlos Gutierrez (Carlos Gallardo), who has inherited his late father's occupation of curandero, a kind of exorcist who specializes in purifying people and places tainted by black magic. Magdalena begs Carlos to carry out a purification of her police precinct, which the local federales believe to be cursed following a bloody escape by local cult leader and black magic practitioner by the name of Castaneda. Plagued by doubts and with little faith in the supernatural beliefs of his father and his countrymen, Carlos is reluctant to accept the assignment, faking his way through the purification ritual in order to release the precinct from its `curse', and agreeing to help Magdalena with the investigation. No sooner has their pursuit of the mysterious Castaneda begun, however, than Carlos is visited by terrifying visions of the kind of blood-soaked rituals in which Castaneda specializes. Has Carlos inherited his father's gift? Or the madness that led to his death?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on March 27, 2013
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Castaneda (Gabriel Pingarrón) is a satanist drug dealer that has Mexico City in an uproar. Potty mouthed detective Magdalena (Gizeht Galatea) goes back to her home town to find Don Carlos, a curandero. What she gets is his son, also named Don Carlos (José Carlos Ruiz). Don Carlos is a bit of a skeptic, but also has visions of demons as he touches items. His twofold nature wasn't utilized to it comic potential.

This twosome follows the trail of the evil Castaneda as they try to figure up what he is up to.

This film was made in 2005. While it has blood and gore, it lacks the killing and mutilation scenes common in the American counterpart. For some strange reason, the film tosses in a guy (Ernesto Yáñez) who is the only person in Mexico who believes in Mithraism. I didn't get his connection.

The film is slow developing and half way into the production you realize it is not getting better. Still, it had some interesting scenes which involve confrontations between Castaneda and Don Carlos that are in part a vision. Without these scenes the film would be a total waste.

The film is dubbed in both English and Spanish with English having a good translation. Not on my recommended list. Three stars is pushing it.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Pawar on March 23, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a low budget b-horror movie (from mexico I suppose based on the location). While it's not high brow stuff for what it is, it's a decent horror/drama movie. There's shades of a lot of older horror movies from the direction and gore similar to the grindhouse genre and lucio fulci's movies. I personally can't stand watching fulci movies (to me the plot drags too much) but this one was somewhat better paced and decently watchable. I guess you could call it a hybrid movie because it takes a lot of the older conventions in this genre and lumps them together; it works in this case and the practical effects are top notch for this budget (there was zero cgi from what I could tell).

Personally, I find a lot of these plots, situations, and actions (in these types of movies) preposterously hilarious and this movie delivers them intentionally or unintentionally. Early on in the movie police officers won't enter their police station because of the bloodbath that took place, so the main character "purifies" the station and to prove it is purified he takes a bucket of body parts from the bloodbath and dumps them down the steps; it doesn't sound really funny but it was to me. Then all of a sudden (in the middle of a gunbattle) when the main character is scared out of his mind, he suddenly takes a gun, becomes an expert marksman, and kills most of the attacking bad guys with assault rifles without cover single shot per guy! They go to visit don chi chi, the leader of a mythra cult, in a graveyard and he's a just sitting on top of a crypt to keep "an enemy" at bay and apparently he lives on a chair on top of a grave marker. There is a lot of this kind of humor in this movie; preposterous and ridiculous situations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Colles on February 4, 2014
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Cheap, ratty, bad effects, idiotic detective work, not scary, not creepy, not entertaining. Do you want to get your blood pumping by a film about devil worshipping drug dealers? Rent the real thing- it's called BORDERLAND(2007). Now, that's a film which is going to creep you out and get you to turn the lights back on!
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