Spanish title MAS NEGRO QUE LA NOCHE [Blacker Than The Night]
also known as DARKER THAN NIGHT
starring: Claudia Islas · Lucia Mendez · Helena Rojo · Susana Dosamantes
· Alicia Palacios
is a young woman who inherits a mansion from her deceased aunt. However,
there is one important condition: she must take care of the aunt's black
cat. Ofelia is down-on-her-luck financially, so she accepts the inheritance
without hesitation, inviting her three closest friends to live with
her. The house also comes with Sofia, an old maid who had taken care
of the aunt. Upon their arrival, Sofia quickly tells the girls that
the cat is the 'owner of the house and they need to watch after him.'
Of course, these self-centered girls ignore the warning and have little
regard for the cat, even removing the animal from his bedroom. One day,
the cat is found dead (for no apparent reason) and all hell breaks loose
in the house.
is often called Mexico's best horror director. He made 20 films between
1965-89, most of which were rarely in the States. Filmmaker Guillerno
del Toro said "Toboada was the single most influential director
in his life, especially citing the superb BOOK
OF STONE as inspiration for his own Pan's Labyrinth.
Most Taboada films deal with horror from a child's 'innocent'
perspective, perhaps best illustrated by the award-winning POISON
FOR FAIRIES. Here - with older cast members - he deals with
a more corrupt narrative [similar to his decidedly adult DRIFTER
IN THE RAIN]. Arguably, Mr Taboada was better known for his
scriptwriting, delivering 80+ films [1951-1997] including the classic
MIRROR and HELL
OF FRANKENSTEIN. He died from a heart attack in April 1997,
at age 67.