Ranking our films 2018: Number 2 – MALEFICARUM

Ranking Our Films In 2018
Number Two in 2018: MALEFICARUM (393 points)


One day in 2010, when Amy and Jac were busy preparing the production of Barbazul and Cage, an out of the blue solid offer of cash by Ralphus, of GIMP fame, and a lingering idea in Jac’s head, came together and MALEFICARUM was born. There was one string attached to the cash offer, a roasting scene over hot coals.

Amy designed a very impressive roasting apparatus for the scene.

 

MALEFICARUM was a success. It generated a lot of controversy in its county of origin and it was very well received by critics and our fans. It became our best seller of all time when it broke a very high mark in 2018.

MALEFICARUM, the inquisition film to beat all inquisition films past, present and future, was directed by Jac Avila, it stars Amy as Mariana and introduces Mila in the leading role of Francisca, a wealthy orphan. The first day of shooting, a scene with Francisca, it was the first time ever that Mila acted in a movie.

MALEFICARUM was shot back to back with BARBAZUL and Le Marquis De La Croix with Mila in leading roles in all three films.

The story:

Maleficarum is the story of Francisca, a wealthy orphan and Mariana, her widowed protestant friend, who live surrounded by a town in which they are the center of hostile gossip. Francisco Verdugo, the Inquisitor, has his own ambitions. He has his greedy eyes on the orphan heiress’s properties, but he needs a pretext. A confrontation in the street among a group of girls gives him the perfect excuse to arrest Mariana and Francisca and enchain them in the horror chambers of the Inquisition, leading them to a frightful end as they are convicted of witchcraft.

Mike Haberfelner, wrote  a review in (re)Search My Trash:

A pretty powerful and disturbing movie: Disturbing because the film doesn’t really hold back in its many torture scenes, some of which are less than easy to stomach, but powerful because despite all the torture, the film manages to tell a rich story full of interesting characters, it manages to make the love between the two tortured girls who go through hell together rather than betraying one another, and the direction (successfully) aims for atmosphere rather than sleaze. To put it shortly, a very nice, well-made film. Recommended – but for above reasons probably not for everybody.”