Looming large over the landscape of Mexican cinema, no family names are bigger than Cardona and Galindo. Both families traversed every genre and style and sometimes their paths would cross, as they do here in the VACATION OF TERROR series. Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present the worldwide Blu-ray debut of this terrifying double feature from two of Mexico’s finest genre filmmakers of the ’80s and ’90s, René Cardona III and Pedro Galindo III. Newly scanned and restored in 4K, experience the horror like never before!
After inheriting a new summer home from a deceased relative, wealthy Fernando brings his family, his niece Paulina (Gabriela Hassel, Don’t Panic) and her boyfriend, Julio (Pedro Fernández, Hell’s Trap), who happens to be an occult expert along for the vacation. Quickly they discover strange happenings on the property, but when Fernando’s young daughter Gaby falls into a well and returns with an old doll, things take a turn for the horrific. Possessed by the evil spirit of a witch, Gaby and her doll run amok, with telekinesis, terrifying hallucinations, fiery car crashes, and ample scares. Only Julio with his knowledge of the dark arts, and the help of a mystical amulet, can bring this VACATION OF TERROR to an end!
Fitting into the lineage of sequels that outshine their predecessor, the Vacation franchise returns even bigger and better with VACATION OF TERROR II: DIABOLICAL BIRTHDAY. Julio (Pedro Fernández) is back, quietly running an antique shop when a chance encounter with singer Mayra (Mexican pop icon Tatiana) and her younger sister Tanya, brings him face to face with the evil doll and the nightmare begins again! Racing to a birthday party for the young Tanya, who is now under the doll’s spell, Julio arrives in time to witness the carnage begin, but will he be able to stop it again? Filled with action-packed set pieces, face-melting gore and buckets of blood, this sequel ratchets up every aspect of the original.
directed by: René Cardona III, Pedro Galindo III
starring: Pedro Fernández, Gabriela Hassel, Julio Alemán, Nuria Bages, Carlos East, Gianella Hassel, Tatiana, Joaquín Cordero
1988-1990 / 167 min (combined) / 1.85:1 / Spanish Mono with English subtitles
- Region Free Blu-ray
- Newly scanned & restored in 4K from its 35mm original camera negative (VOT1) and a 35mm archival positive (VOT2)
- Video interview with Gianella Hassel & Gabriela Hassel, actors in Vacation of Terror (12 min)
- Video interview with Eugenio Castillo, composer of Vacation of Terror (10 min)
- “Backlot Rats” with Carlos East Jr. & Ernesto East, actors in Vacation of Terror (19 min)
- Video interview with Jorge Farfán, special effects artist on Vacation of Terror (13 min)
- Reversible sleeve artwork
- Newly translated English subtitles