Spanish title EL MONTE DE LAS BRUJAS [The Mountain of Witches]
director: Raul Artigot
starring: Patty Shepard · Monica Randall · Cihangir Gaffari (as John
Caffari) · Luis Barboo
a bitter breakup with his girlfriend, photojournalist Mario takes an
assignment in the Pyrenees Mountains, a desolate area in northern Spain.
Enroute, he meets a beautiful freelance writer named Delia. They stop
at an ancient hotel where they hear rumors of a dangerous coven of witches
haunting nearby mountains. Curious, they investigate.
movies seem to exist in a netherland, far removed from even the genre
fringe. This is such a film, similar in many ways to other unconventional
thrillers [i.e., DEVIL
WALKS AT MIDNIGHT, CASTLE
WITH THE DOORS OF FIRE and NIGHT
OF THE SEX DEMONS. Raul Artigot was best known as a cameraman,
graduate of Barcelona's Official School of Cinematography 1961,
responsible for lensing 80+ projects between 1963-1984 (including CREATURE,
MAN and Jess Franco's EROTIC
RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN). Mr Artigot died from a stroke on Christmas
day 2014, at age 78.
film benefits from two starlets of Spanish cinema. Brunette Patty Shepard
was born in Greenville South Carolina but moved to Spain at age 18
for a career in TV commercials. She began acting in the mid '60s and
was featured in 40+ productions before retiring in 1985. She is probably
best known for ASSIGNMENT
DEAR KILLER and her final film EDGE
OF THE AXE. Ms Shepard died from a heart attack at age 67, January
2013. Monica Randall was born Aurora Julią Sarasa in 1942; she
is still acting today and has starred in 120+ films. Ms Randall is best
remembered for CROSS
OF THE DEVIL and INQUISION.