All Of Them Witches

on September 13, 1996 by Craig Vickers
All of them witches is a direct quotation from Roman Polanski's masterpiece of paranoia and black magic, "Rosemary's Baby," and this film attempt to be a playful yet suspenseful Mexican update. The film opens with Dolores, an attractive young housewife who lives in an apartment, hearing her best friend being murdered. For her own safety, her husband Andres forbids her to investigate. One day, though, she sneaks out to do just that, and before you can say conspiracy Dolores finds herself caught in a plot involving slaying and a cult of witchcraft.
The main problem is the narrative: It's often incomprehensible, which makes it hard for an audience to feel suspense. On the plus side, the art direction is stunning; indeed, the film seems more to have been art-directed than written. Also, the music is appropriately moody, and the cinematography is excellent. As a horror film, though, "All of Them Witches" fails; it baffles rather than frightens. Starring Susana Zabelata, Alejandro Tommasi and Delia Casanova. Directed by Daniel Gruener. Written by Gabriel Gonzalez Melendez and Daniel Gruener. Produced by Ignacio Sada Madero. A Televicine production; no distributor set. Horror. Spanish-language; English subtitles. Not yet rated. Running time: 100 min.
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