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Trailers from Hell Dares to Enter 'The Black Pit of Dr. M'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 16, 2014 at 11:34AM

Today on Trailers from Hell, horror writer/director Darren Bousman talks about Mexican filmmaker Fernando Mendez's Spanish-language fantasy thriller "The Black Pit of Dr. M," a buried treasure from 1959.
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'The Black Pit of Dr. M'
'The Black Pit of Dr. M'

Today on Trailers from Hell, horror writer/director Darren Bousman talks about Mexican filmmaker Fernando Mendez's Spanish-language fantasy thriller "The Black Pit of Dr. M," a buried treasure from 1959.

Directed by Fernando Mendez, 1959's "The Black Pit of Dr. M" (AKA "Mysteries from the Beyond") is several steps above the usual monster movie fare spilling out of Mexico in the late fifties and early sixties. "Dr. M"'s predictable parade of pedestrian horror movie tropes, including mad scientists, zombies and mediums all staged inside an insane asylum is given unexpected beauty by Mendez's imaginative direction and cinematographer Victor Herrera's luminous black and white imagery. This outrageous trailer keeps blacking out the image because it's too horrible to show!

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.