Latin Beat: Grotesco, New Mexican Horror Exhibition; Chile's PARTIR TO LIVE; Hollywood In Argentina

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Producer Guillermo del Toro brings Mexican "Day of the Dead" culture to movie screens in the animated adventure The Book of Life, which opens wide across much of Latin America on Thursday (and North America on Friday). I'm a bit concerned that Channing Tatum (?!) is voicing a character named Javier with a thick accent -- but I'll keep an open mind until I see it. 

But that's not all. Eric Ortiz Garcia, our correspondent in Mexico, tells us about a new horror exhibition. Jaime Grijalba Gomez, our correspondent in Chile, reports on upcoming releases, including one that may be Oscar-worthy and another that is (probably) not. And from my apartment in Dallas, Texas, in between checking for news on the Ebola virus (closer and closer it comes), I found a few posters of interest. 

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Eric Ortiz Garcia and Jaime Grijalba Gomez contributed to this story.

Grotesco, A New Mexican Horror Exhibition
By Eric Ortiz Garcia

An independent effort headed by Mexican graphic illustrator Guro (who you might know as the poster designer for México Bárbaro), Grotesco (Grotesque) is bringing a taste of horror to the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos (located not far away from Mexico City).

Grotesco is not big as a festival, hence it is being labeled as a cultural conference. Its first edition is ready and starts this very week (Friday, October 17), offering several Mexican short and feature length films, art exhibitions, book presentations, live music, and a cool retro VHS screening.

I always dig this kind of bravado effort, done out of pure passion for the genre, and Grotesco definitely sounds like a nice way to spend a weekend with your friends.

Their programming includes a marathon of Mexican horror films, a double feature on VHS of The Toxic Avenger and Two Evil Eyes, and another double feature for the whole family with Ghostbusters and Gremlins. You can visit Grotesco’s Facebook page for more details.

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