Gigi Saul Guerrero’s Violent Film Inspirations for the Making of ‘Satanic Hispanics’ Segment “Nahuales”

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In the film,

When police raid a house in El Paso, they find it full of dead Latinos, and only one survivor. He’s known as The Traveler, and when they take him to the station for questioning he tells them those lands are full of magic and talks about the horrors he’s encountered in his long time on this earth, about portals to other worlds, mythical creatures, demons and the undead.

Let’s me start off by saying that first question I always ask myself before starting a project is “what will make my mom uncomfortable?” and go from there! I grew in a catholic house, we’d always go to church on Sundays back in Mexico City, and we definitely would pray before closing our eyes to sleep every night. 

It’s funny how my curiosity as a kid took full control over me to break all of my mom’s rules and go against her fears completely. 

Check out Gigi's full list of films that inspired her segment here.

While creating my segment “NAHUALES” on the anthology SATANIC HISPANICS came in a very specific time when I was feeling a lot of rejection in the industry… I was also going through some self-esteem issues if I am “good enough” of a Director. I think most of us filmmakers get to this phase at some point or another… But it’s kind of awesome when it does happen hahaha because you get angry, you get frustrated, and that only equals to getting more determined and more eager to make something awesome!! This anthology came at a perfect time to challenge myself in directing something different , honest with no boundaries , and to tell a story that means more than just horror for entertainment. 

Around that time I started revisiting films that are not only dark, raw and violent, but had a lot of anger behind them with a loud and truthful message. Every single one of these movies on this list might be too close to home for some people, or might seem too far fetch to feel real. But one thing I appreciate is the complexity of all of the characters presented. Whether it’s magical realism or not, these are the kind of movies that spoke to me in a way that I feel connected even closer with the filmmaker than I did with the story itself. 

At the end of the day it’s up to us storytellers to challenge audiences in immersing themselves in the world’s that are complicated. That’s why I love GENRE films so much because you can escape the flaws of our world, be entertained and at the end talk about it. 

Controversy is a beautiful ingredient to discuss a problem that still needs fixing. 

Hope you all enjoy NAHUALES in Satanic Hispanics!! and… sorry mom. :)