Review: Martyr or the Death of St. Eulalia



Originally published on January 5, 2014 on The Beverly Hills Outlook.

With the release of this boldly offbeat study in a failing relationship in 2005, Pachamama Films announced themselves on the World Stage. For a company that conjoins European and South American sensibilities, it was somehow appropriate that the two continents would meet halfway, filming the downbeat tale in New York. Continue reading “Review: Martyr or the Death of St. Eulalia”

Maleficarum Review: “one of the most singularly memorable films ever made”


(Published on February 2, 2014 in The Beverly Hills Outlook)

With the release in 2011 of this landmark film, Pachamama Films made an indelible mark on World Cinema and simultaneously took hold of the popular imagination. Produced in Bolivia, it is a direct descendant of 1970′s Mark of the Devil, though it is light years better, being constructed with care, self-awareness and intelligence. Continue reading “Maleficarum Review: “one of the most singularly memorable films ever made””

An Interview with Jac Avila, Director, and Amy Hesketh, Star of Maleficarum

by Mike Haberfelner

(re)Search My Trash November 2011

First of all, could you bring us up to speed: Your new film Maleficarum, what is it about?

Jac: It’s the story of two young and beautiful women who fall in the hands of the Holy Office, better known as The Spanish Inquisition. It’s set in an Andean city, unnamed, but it was part of the Holy Office of Lima which covered most of South America.

One of the women, Francisca, is a young heir to lands and fortune, she’s Catholic. The other woman, Mariana, is Anglo Saxon and Lutheran both of which were not seen nicely in those times and in those parts of the world. Continue reading “An Interview with Jac Avila, Director, and Amy Hesketh, Star of Maleficarum”

The Fascination of Fear versus the Beauty of Horror

The following review was published in IMDB.

Review of Martyr or The Death of St Eulalia by C Dean Andersson

I found Jac Avila’s film, Martyr or the Death of Saint Eulalia, beautifully photographed and powerfully compelling on many levels. His use of historical images of female martyrdom merged with contemporary reenactments to bring potent reality to past horrors and historical validation to what could have, in lesser hands, become mere exploitation. Continue reading “The Fascination of Fear versus the Beauty of Horror”


The following review of Sirwiñakuy was published on January 19th, 2014 in the Beverly Hills Outlook




What is most significant about this remarkable film from 2010 is how completely director Amy Hesketh absorbs and makes cinematic conventions her own, breaking them at will, such as her insertion of sped up footage though back streets to bridge scenes, as opposed to standard editing practices. Continue reading “Sirwiñakuy – REVIEWED BY CHARLES LONBERGER”

Maleficarum reaches culture festivals and Horror conventions

We were totally immersed in the release of Barbazul when we were taken by surprise by two messages in our facebook pages, one addressed to Jac, inviting him to be part of the Festival Nacional de Cultura a culture festival in Sucre, Bolivia, on November 13th.

The other message was for Amy, star of Maleficarum, from Dean Andersson, author of horror novels:

“Thanks again for the facebook friend confirmation. Congratulations on BARBAZUL. Hope it’s a solid success for you and everyone involved. Jac Avila looks very convincing. I look forward to seeing the film. But I am messaging you to share a MALEFICARUM experience. Continue reading “Maleficarum reaches culture festivals and Horror conventions”

Maleficarum: A Transformation for All

As told by Beto Lopez

A poet once wrote, “as the calendar vacates the premises…” In this case, we were vacating 2010, when – almost out of nowhere – we had this event that, in time, would become the film Maleficarum.

It started for all of us with a series of talks given by the director Jac Avila to the cast and crew, to the end of introducing them to the world they would be inhabiting over the coming weeks.

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Maleficarum: From Love to Torture and Suffering

How was Maleficarum made as told by Beto Lopez L. The Inquisitor.

I must confess that I was on the set of the new Jac Avila’s film, Maleficarum, a story that take us to the times of the inquisition by the hand of a director who doesn’t hesitate to put to the test everything that surrounds him; like a doctor that, scalpel in hand, prepares to neatly dissect a body. It’s not clear to me if it is to cure or to cut, but whatever his intention is, he will do it with professionalism and in an almost aseptic way.

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