MADRES on Prime Video is a new horror movie. This is one of the four movies in the 2021 “Welcome to the Blumhouse” Halloween release. This movie hit all the right spots for me. A very real kind of horror. Read our full Madres movie review here!

MADRES is a new Prime Video horror movie and it’s one of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” Halloween releases of 2021. As always, it’s been a series of movies that does a lot right but also misses a few marks. Finally, this movie hit all the right spots for me.


The horror movie The Manor which stars Barbara Hershey is also very much worth watching >

Especially the very real horror portrayed because, yes, this is based on real events. For me, this is the best movie in all of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” universe so far.

Continue reading our Madres movie review below.

Pesticides, curses, and immigrants… oh my!

From the very beginning of this Prime Video horror movie, I was a happy horror camper. It had all the right moves in terms of getting the creepy vibe right. I was thinking about both The Conjuring and The Amityville Horror. However, Madres is neither of those… in any way!

Instead, this horror movie is all about the very real horrors. Whether it’s immigrant workers being in very close proximity with pesticides in the 1970s. Superstition and curses used to explain all health issues. Or that strange feeling that someone is always watching you.

All three elements play a big part in this story.

Just when I found myself thinking that Madres was falling into the “Welcome to the Blumhouse”-trap of being too long, it got back on track. For once, the story in this movie did need the runtime it has. While I enjoyed the two first releases of 2021 (Black as Night and, not as much, Bingo Hell), I found both to be too long.

Madres – Review [Prime Video] Blumhouse horror

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Ryan Zaragoza is the director of Madres with Mario Miscione and Marcella Ochoa having written the screenplay. This is the feauture film debut of Ryan Zaragoza who previously made a few short films and directed episodes of TV series. I, for one, am an immediate fan of his style. Both in terms of pacing and gorgeous visuals.

Previously, Mario Miscione and Marcella Ochoa wrote the horror-thriller Discarnate (2018) together. Also, Mario Miscione co-wrote and co-directed the horror mystery Circle (2015).

This “Welcome to the Blumhouse” movie has all the making of a great horror movie. Especially since this one actually really lives up to the “based on a true story” label. And what a scary and horrific story it is!

Madres is out on Prime Video from October 8, 2021.


Release Date: October 8, 2021 (Prime Video)
Director: Ryan Zarazoga
Writers: Marcella Ochoa & Mario Miscione
Stars: Tenoch Huerta, Ariana Guerra, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kerry Cahill, and Elpidia Carrillo


Diana and Beto, a young Mexican-American couple expecting their first child, move to a small town in Northern California where Beto has been offered a job managing a farm. Isolated from the community and plagued by ominous nightmares, Diana explores the rundown company ranch where she and Beto live and finds a grisly talisman and a box containing the belongings of the previous residents. Her discoveries will lead her to a truth much stranger and more terrifying than she could have possibly imagined.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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