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½ January 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.
November 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.
½ August 11, 2014
79%

Mexicans and Satanism, I was crappin' my pants.
October 20, 2013
31 Days of Horror (2013): #12
June 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.
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.
April 23, 2013
Low budget special effects just don't cut it. "Borderland" with a similar theme is infinitely more entertaining.
½ March 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!
½ March 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.
½ June 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.
½ January 6, 2010
Interesting and uniquely Mexican take on the theme of the itinerant spook hunter. Very murky camerawork, a crimson colour scheme predominates. A fascinatingly original plot.
January 4, 2010
es una muy buena pelicula de Eduardo Rodriguez, hermano del famosisimo y buen director Robert Rodriguez!! por desgracia solo tuve la oportunidad de verla una vez :S
November 17, 2007
Very gory movie, but wasn't that impressive.
October 29, 2007
Very scared, I didnt know that the mexincan could do so scary flims :|
½ October 23, 2007
Very interesting piece of work. Written by Robert Rodriguez. Very graphic, dark and gory; it's definately not for everyone. Still, it's refreshing for the genre, with the director (Eduardo Rodriguez) showing a lot of potential.
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