With filmmaker Alejandro G. Alegre’s horror feature Inicuo: The Brotherhood set for its Los Angeles premiere Monday, October 24, 2016 at 9:30pm at Screamfest LA, read on for our exclusive chat with the director, and then have a look at the trailer and some stills!
Produced by Víctor Léycegui Roberto G. Alegre, Enrique Villanueva and Alejandro G. Alegre from the latter’s own script, Inicuo: The Brotherhood stars Isaac Pérez, Calzada Marcos Duarte, Verónica de Alba, Guillermo Jair and Rodrigo Ostap, and revolves around the character of Federico, a failed business man who creates a new religious cult, and then following that, kidnaps his former business partner to nefarious ends.
“It was about two years ago that in the news I saw a case about a man that was in La Santa Muerte (Mexican folk Saint of Death) cult,” said writer and director Alegre of his inspiration for Inicuo: The Brotherhood, “who was a religious fanatic that used to perform rituals with his neighbors. In one (of these rituals) he involved his whole family, and to obtain power and wealth he used his own son as a sacrifice, removing both his eyes with a spoon. The poor child was left blind. That was shocking to me, and it was that horrible abuse to his own child that give to me the idea for the script.”
Intertwined with the drug cartels of Mexico and their inherent violence, worship of La Santa Muerte is also practiced by the working class and poor of the country, and thusly is something that’s been woven into the cultural tapestry of Alegre’s life.
“Here, it’s common to know of cases of witchcraft and religious fanaticism around anyone,” extrapolated Alegre, “ for normal people, narcos and even politicians, so it’s very common see cases on TV or newspapers with all kind of atrocities, and many of them with a lot of explicit pictures on the covers. Plus, since I remember, my whole life there has been always a witch around every corner. At times they’ve left dirt on the porches of houses, or have thrown dead animals in backyards with names written in blood on (attached) pieces of cloth, just to induce fear, and it always has worked, because out of coincidence or suggestion, people suddenly start to have bad luck: divorce, the loss of a job or even a car accident. In humble communities that is a very powerful way to control people, and if you are one of those who has the spiritual power of La Santa Muerte you will be feared and followed by many.”
Filmed in Mexico City over the course of fifteen days in November of last year, Alegre said of the shoot, “There were two locations. One, the principal location, was an abandoned house that we rented from a friend of a friend, and the other, that is featured in the beginning of the film, was on the outskirts of the city. We shot the film using a HD Canon C100 camera with an anamorphic lense adapter to obtain a better resolution, and many favors and support from our friends, as we had a very small crew and a micro budget of around $15,000.”
A self-proclaimed horror fan of 70’s horror cinema, Alegra said of the Screamfest selection of Inicuo: The Brotherhood, “It is a very big step for us. We are just a bunch of friends with a lot of desire to show our work. The film industry in our country is very small and the economic support hard to find, so to be part from this year’s selection makes it worth it all of the effort.”