El Alimento del miedo (lost Mexican horror film, 1994)


El Alimento del Miedo
Juan López Moctezuma, director of the film.
Juan López Moctezuma, director of the film.
Status Lost

El Alimento del Miedo (The Food of Fear, translated from Spanish) was a 1994 Mexican horror film directed by Juan López Moctezuma, who also directed critically panned films such as Matar a un Extraño (1983) The Mansion of Madness (1973) Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975) and Alucarda (1977), with El Alimento del Miedo being his last work before he passed away one year later, in 1995.

The film was written by López Moctezuma himself and Jorge Victoria, and starred López Moctezuma, Isaura Espinoza and Jorge Russek. The film is based on a Mexican legend named “La tamalera asesina”.

Plot

The film takes place in an underclass neighborhood of Mexico City, when a troupe features a circus act, led by Don Ramón (López Moctezuma himself). He and his wife Petra (Isaura Espinosa) have to take care of the daughter of a neighbor nicknamed "Flea"who has been jailed for drug trafficking.

Petra thinks that Flea must earn a living (despite her being 5 years old), entrusting her several domestic tasks; the little girl later befriends Pepito, who works as a clown on the street.

Complications arise when a person with satanic tendencies arrives at Ramon's house and develops a romantic interest in Petra. A fight between the three adults causes Flea to suffer a fatal accident which. To not get into any problems with authorities, Petra uses Flea's meat to make tamales that she sells on the street.

Status

The film has remained mostly obscure since its original screening on various Mexican cinemas, there are no available posters for the film, the film had a poor rating, and the fact that half of the cast (including Juan) passed away, makes the chances of finding a copy much harder.

The rest of the cast is still active, with Jorge Victoria making an appearance in the pilot of the TV series Queen of the South and Isaura Espinoza also appearing in a post-production series called Desvanecer. However, contacting them is hard since they do not seem to use social media.

Info available for the film is also poor, with IMDb and the site of the Mexican Secretary of Culture being the only sites with more reliable information on the film.

References

Comments


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Josesito8

1 months ago
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My first article, hope it is good.
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Thundermaster612

1 months ago
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Jeez! To not get in trouble with Officials, they tore up the kid's body and used the flesh and organs as meat in the tamales? That's fucked up. What was this rated?
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Josesito8

1 months ago
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on the secretary site it dosent have a rating (s/c)

and also, that is one of the versions, the other is that he murdered the husband and his son helped while he was horrorized by the situation
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Anonymous user #1

29 days ago
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esto es una basura es mejor strike the blood porque tiene mejor historia y es facil de encontrar que esto...
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Josesito8

27 days ago
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tienes que ser idiota, eso es un anime y no tiene nada que ver con esta pelicula, que es de horror y aparte esta PERDIDA.
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Ryanskii

27 days ago
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Not cool to call people names on your own article
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Josesito8

27 days ago
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im sorry, its becouse im new to this, but its kind of dumb to compare something which dosent has to do with the main article
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Seychermanium

27 days ago
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... The ending. What the hell is that ending!? I mean, I've seen some sensitive moments in mexican movies, including deads on screen... But using a kid's meat in tamales!? And selling them like nothing happened!?

I... I'm not eating tamales again...
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Josesito8

24 days ago
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Well, its kind of normal here in mexico :/

i say it becouse a similar case happened in march. http://telem...arne-humana/

(use translate of course)
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Josesito8

24 days ago
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and i also say its normal there becouse i live there
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Dysphoria

24 days ago
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It's based on an urban legend from here.

Even there are rumours that tacos' are made of dogs' meat
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Anonymous user #2

4 days ago
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First of all... No, is not normal to do that or even hear about that. The complete thing was only an urban legend, which has been revival a couple times. Even sensationalists paper news uses the story and sells it as a recent event.

Which is a true, is that the case occurred on Argentina, but it was unknown if the food made of human flesh was truly served to people.

By the way, in the Cineteca page, there was an article which said that the film was premiered on a Macabro Film Fest, but far away of it, even blogs about it, is unknown if the plot is truly like this
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Dysphoria

24 days ago
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According to some fansites about cinematography, the movie exists but it was revealed 11 years after the original release due to the director's death who died in 1993.

Apparently the film was rediscovered and screened at Festival Macabro, the people who saw it explain that the movie wasn't finished at all.
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Josesito8

21 days ago
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can you please link to the page? i can find more info on that
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Dysphoria

14 days ago
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(Podemos hablar en español si se te dificulta escribir en inglés)

http://www.r...o-del-miedo/

http://macabro.mx/historia/
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Josesito8

11 days ago
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agregare la informacion cuando pueda, gracias por informar.
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Anonymous user #1

20 days ago
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no josesito long live strike the blood!!!!!!!!!!!
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