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CAV Distribution - Mondo Macabro


Studio: Mondo Macabro | Pre-Order Date: 5/19/23 | Street Date: 6/13/23
Number of Discs: 1 | Production Year: 1973
Director: Raśl Artigot
Starring: John (Cihangir) Gaffari, Patty Shepard, Victor Israel, Monica Randall, Ana Farra

Format: Blu-ray | Cat #: MDO258 | UPC: 843276025892 | SRP: $29.95
Audio Format: DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo | Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Language: English/Spanish | Subtitles: English

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Until now The Witches Mountain has been a difficult film to see in anything approaching the way its makers intended. For complicated reasons, fully explored in the extras on the disc, the film was banned in Spain. This led to a kind of urban legend that it was a violent and misogynistic film full of scenes of sex and depravity. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, The Witches Mountain is one of the most unique films of the 1970s Spanish horror boom. It’s atmospheric, mystical and elusive. A film that lingers in your mind long after you’ve seen it.

Photo journalist Mario has just broken up with his girlfriend, Monica. To get away from it all he accepts a job that will take him off to the distant and isolated mountains of Asturias in northern Spain. On the way he meets a beautiful writer – Delia - played by horror legend Patty Shepard. After a rocky start their relationship develops and she decides to accompany him on his journey.

They spend the night in a strange inn, where Delia is convinced she was being watched by a mysterious cloaked figure who appeared outside her first floor window. Then next day, while stopping to take some photos, Mario’s jeep is stolen. Setting off on foot they find the jeep abandoned near a deserted village high in the misty mountains. The couple are offered accommodation in a nearby cottage. From the start things get very strange. Mario disappears during the night and when he returns and develops the photos he took he finds there are people in shots that were not there when he took them.

Gradually they come to realize that their host, the kindly older woman Santa, might well be part of an ancient cult of female witches who still inhabit the lonely mountain places. Events accelerate from this point and soon, to his horror, Mario sees that Delia has been taken over by the cult and will be their next sacrificial victim. He flees from the place, back to his house in the city. But even there, as he discovers, he is not safe from the mountain witches.


- English and Spanish audio choice with optional English subtitles


“There’s this constant supernatural threat just outside of view that keeps the film on edge.” Chris Kirby, Letterboxd

“A fun movie that stayed on the borderline of creepy and amusing” Scated Stiff Reviews

“Some haunting sequences, excellent use of music, and an exciting conclusion” Hans A./ QuietCool

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