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POISON FOR THE FAIRIES
1985 / Fantasy, Horror, Drama
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Directed by Carlos Enrique Taboada
Written by Carlos Enrique Taboada
Starring Ana Patricia Rojo, Elsa Maria Gutierrez, Leonor Llausas and Carmen Stein

A 10-year old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Mexican, witch, delinquent
Poison for the Fairies (1985)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
This Mexican film, originally Veneno para las hadas, is a lot like a film I saw earlier in the same month, Don't Deliver Us from Evil, albeit in a more family-friendly direction.

Which isn't to say that the ending isn't good - it is. Is it worth the build up, though? That's hard to say. Much like the 1971 French film, two youths are becoming corrupted by their friendship, slowly leading up to a less-than-happy ending. Unlike that film, though, given these girls are just around ten, there's nothing in the film dealing with their sexuality (which was a big part of Don't Deliver Us from Evil). Instead, one of the girls is playing a game on the other that grows out of control.

It's a very insular movie - aside from the two girls, played by Ana Patricia Rojo and Elsa Maria Gutierrez, no other character really matters, and for that matter, while their guardians appear (parents and grandparents), we almost never actually see their faces. Luckily, the story is engaging enough to allow the singular focus on these two girls, though I would have to imagine some would say the film drags deeply because of it.

Throughout the movie, there's a growing ominous feeling, and it's held pretty well. If you're not asking yourself, "Where is these leading," multiple times, then something wasn't done right. All this said, though, with any slow-burn horror film, did the ending make up for the somewhat sluggish pace? It wasn't perfect, but I liked how they concluded this. I didn't love the film, but I do think it's a lot more digestible than Don't Deliver Us from Evil was, and I'd probably recommend this to anyone interested in checking something out with a bit more foreign flair. 7.5/10 (rounded down to 7/10 to fit site's format).
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