Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Mark to what now?

Cesar Franco (“Roberto Flaco Guzman) has arrived back to his peculiar hometown full of superstitions. Cesar was called back home by someone in order to retrieve “the mark” which leads to the opening of La Casa Negra. What lies in La Casa Negra is kind of a mystery, but it seems to be something a gorgeous witch named Marlene (Felicia Mercado) and her quirky partner are solely after. Marlene seduces Cesar and pretends to be helping him settle back home, but her intentions are clear that she only wants to use him in order to get to La Casa Negra. Cesar indeed has “the mark” and that “mark” is a miniature wooden hand given to him by his mother on her death bed. The hand comes to life & moves around and all sorts of other mysterious weird shit goes on! 

Watching La Huella (aka "The Mark") thrice and I come to terms that this movie was more than likely incomplete since the movie is extremely short (under 80 minutes long) and the movie’s point is never really made clear other than mentioning La Casa Negra a million times through out the whole time. As sloppy & confusing this barely long movie is, it’s still a fun watch since it’s visually appealing with its severed hand crawling around a tree and Arsenio Campos looking ridiculously quirky & ghoulish. It’s also worth mentioning the movie tries to be funny at times despite its somewhat serious plot (was it even trying to be serious though?). Felicia Mercado is great as the evil witch whose sole purpose is to get to the mystery that lies in La Casa Negra. She looks good in all black and her smile is worth dying for. Somewhat. 

There’s a certain flashback scene that caught my attention because it clearly looked like clips from another movie. I sadly do not remember the title of this particular movie, but it is set in a women’s prison and it was also a production from Diafragma Films. It is so obvious that it’s from another movie and I really like that solely because this movie is just pure cheapness but well thought of in order to complete this sloppy mess. 

Don’t take La Huella serious because it’s not a very serious movie at all, even if that was the intention at first. La Huella is one of those movies you can just watch while doing cocaine by yourself or eating greasy but delicious Chinese food. Maybe you had a hard day at work and need something to clear your head and this is what you put on the TV. Whatever it may be, La Huella is a movie worth watching. Still readily available on DVD by the way.