- Directed by Jaime Salvador
- Starring John Carradine, Regina Torné, Elsa Cárdenas, Miguel Ángel Álvarez
- Written by Ramón Obón
Madame Death (1969) -- Superb Mexican rarity starring John Carradine. Part 50's mad scientist and very early slasher, this is a must for fans of Mexican horror Cinema.
In 1968, legendary horror icons John Carradine and Basil Rathbone traveled to Mexico to film "Autopsia De Un Fantasma", a low-budget horror movie that went to become a Cult film due to its cast. By strange reasons (some state that Carradine's career was experiencing a dry spell at the time), Carradine stayed after that and made four low-budget horror films for producer Luis Enrique Vergara. In Filmica Vergara Productions, Carradine would face Mexican wrestler Mil Máscaras in "Pacto Diabólico" ("Diabolical Pact") and "Enigma De Muerte" ("Secret of Death"), as well as playing the old Count Dracula one more time in "Las Vampiras" ("The Vampire Girls"), but the best of the four films would be the last one, an odd slasher with sci- fi undertones named "La Señora Muerte" ("Mrs. Death").
"La Señora Muerte" is the story of Marlene (Regina Torné), a successful fashion designer who is deeply in love with his husband, Dr. Andrés (Victor Junco) and has a life of happiness. However, this soon comes to a sudden end when Andrés has a fatal heart attack due to Cancer. Before collapsing, Andrés asks Marlene to take him to Dr. Favel (John Carradine), as he will be the only one able to help her. In Dr. Favel's lair, the strange scientist attempts to bring back Andrés using Marlene's blood in a radioactive experiment that tragically fails, making Marlene's body "unstable" due to radiation (making her go from deformed creature to beautiful woman at moments). Favel thinks he needs larger amounts of women's blood, so now Marlene must kill for blood not only to return to normality, but also to save her husband's life.
At first sight, "La Señora Muerte" looks like a typical horror film about a mad scientist (with flashy machines and a hunchbacked assistant), however, after Marlene becomes mutated, the film leaves Dr. Favel and becomes a really original slasher were the focus is not on the victims, but on the killer herself. We really can see the progression of this female serial killer, as her first killings are exact and effective, but as guilt begins to corrode her, her spirit begins to crumble. Written by Ramón Obón, the film is a nice surprise, as the sudden change of tone (from sci-fi to slasher) is actually beneficial, and really sets the film apart from other examples of Mexican horror (it even feels as if it was written by two very different writers).
Madame Death DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 9/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.