Curandero Reviews

  • Jan 12, 2016

    Curandero (2005) Eduardo Rodriguez's bloody Mexican horror movie starring Carlos Gallardo (who was in Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" from 1992). Robert Rodriguez is the producer. This movie mixes Mexican black magic, Mexican cartels, and the police. Rodriguez plays it as a perfect B movie. There's lots of flashes of blood, gore, violence (and a flash of T & A) in the same washed-out color. Don Carlos (Gallardo) is a young man in a small Mexican village. His late father by the same name (Jose Carlos Ruiz) was one of the Curanderos, a type of folk healer or medicine man; sort of a shaman. Although the young Don Carlos doesn't exactly share his Father's beliefs, he does seem to share his visions of evil around him. A Mexico City police detective, Magdalena (Gizeht Galatea) is looking for Don Carlos to help her cleanse the jail and police station that has been left in a bloody unholy mess when a mass murderer/gangster escapes. Everyone seems to doubt the existence while at the same time fearfully believing in all of this evil, including Don Carlos himself. If you're a big fan of horror and the crazy pacing of a Robert Rodriguez style movie, then you'll have good time with this one.

    Curandero (2005) Eduardo Rodriguez's bloody Mexican horror movie starring Carlos Gallardo (who was in Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" from 1992). Robert Rodriguez is the producer. This movie mixes Mexican black magic, Mexican cartels, and the police. Rodriguez plays it as a perfect B movie. There's lots of flashes of blood, gore, violence (and a flash of T & A) in the same washed-out color. Don Carlos (Gallardo) is a young man in a small Mexican village. His late father by the same name (Jose Carlos Ruiz) was one of the Curanderos, a type of folk healer or medicine man; sort of a shaman. Although the young Don Carlos doesn't exactly share his Father's beliefs, he does seem to share his visions of evil around him. A Mexico City police detective, Magdalena (Gizeht Galatea) is looking for Don Carlos to help her cleanse the jail and police station that has been left in a bloody unholy mess when a mass murderer/gangster escapes. Everyone seems to doubt the existence while at the same time fearfully believing in all of this evil, including Don Carlos himself. If you're a big fan of horror and the crazy pacing of a Robert Rodriguez style movie, then you'll have good time with this one.

  • Nov 19, 2014

    This movie was great. A slightly confusing plot. It's a foreign film, Mexican. Full subtitles. The biggest issue with the film is literally the simplest, the subtitles are yellow on black which are difficult to read in the daytime segments. The plot US pretty solid and good. Acting good. Dialogue is fine. It's a different film, feels kind of original.

    This movie was great. A slightly confusing plot. It's a foreign film, Mexican. Full subtitles. The biggest issue with the film is literally the simplest, the subtitles are yellow on black which are difficult to read in the daytime segments. The plot US pretty solid and good. Acting good. Dialogue is fine. It's a different film, feels kind of original.

  • Aug 11, 2014

    79% Mexicans and Satanism, I was crappin' my pants.

    79% Mexicans and Satanism, I was crappin' my pants.

  • Oct 15, 2013

    31 Days of Horror (2013): #12

    31 Days of Horror (2013): #12

  • Jun 14, 2013

    Eduardo Rodriguez is a Venezuelan horror filmmaker, whose movie Curandero (loosely: a healer) is a telltalle about the deepest bowels of Mexican superstition and black magic. Based on Roberto Rodriguez's (not related) story, Curandero: Rise of the demon is an imaginative, creatively powerful, beautifully filmed and extremely gory account of a travel through the dark parts of a suggestively godly soul. Well worth a watch, but the biggest problems are the slow pacing and chaotic genre mixing. Excellent art production and score.

    Eduardo Rodriguez is a Venezuelan horror filmmaker, whose movie Curandero (loosely: a healer) is a telltalle about the deepest bowels of Mexican superstition and black magic. Based on Roberto Rodriguez's (not related) story, Curandero: Rise of the demon is an imaginative, creatively powerful, beautifully filmed and extremely gory account of a travel through the dark parts of a suggestively godly soul. Well worth a watch, but the biggest problems are the slow pacing and chaotic genre mixing. Excellent art production and score.

  • May 31, 2013

    I can see why this sat on the shelf for a few years before going straight-to-dvd, because it's not that good.

    I can see why this sat on the shelf for a few years before going straight-to-dvd, because it's not that good.

  • Apr 23, 2013

    Low budget special effects just don't cut it. "Borderland" with a similar theme is infinitely more entertaining.

    Low budget special effects just don't cut it. "Borderland" with a similar theme is infinitely more entertaining.

  • Mar 27, 2013

    I totally dug this movie, it was creepy, I was into the story and actors, and it had depth. Had some decent scares! Gizeht Galatea Ed Muy caliente!

    I totally dug this movie, it was creepy, I was into the story and actors, and it had depth. Had some decent scares! Gizeht Galatea Ed Muy caliente!

  • Mar 16, 2013

    The visions, style, and coloring are all very interesting. But the movie still moves a little slow at times, especially at the beginning.

    The visions, style, and coloring are all very interesting. But the movie still moves a little slow at times, especially at the beginning.

  • Jun 11, 2010

    A pretty sweet little horror flick essentially about satanism/black magic and our hero's attempts to stop it. The editing in this film is very well done, it features a lot of creepy moments and fast cutting which really gets you into the world of satanism. There are some hollywood cliche's through out but the film does a good enough job of keeping your interest/creeping you out that its forgiven. Definitely worth checking out for anyone that is interested in psychological horror and likes their gore.

    A pretty sweet little horror flick essentially about satanism/black magic and our hero's attempts to stop it. The editing in this film is very well done, it features a lot of creepy moments and fast cutting which really gets you into the world of satanism. There are some hollywood cliche's through out but the film does a good enough job of keeping your interest/creeping you out that its forgiven. Definitely worth checking out for anyone that is interested in psychological horror and likes their gore.