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EVEN THE WIND IS AFRAID (1968, Hasta el viento tiene miedo) – Episode 148 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Tonight, even the wind is afraid.” What? Now you’re really scaring me! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they take in another hidden gem from Mexican writer/director Carlos Enrique Taboada, Even the Wind is Afraid (1968, Hasta el viento tiene miedo).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 148 – Even the Wind is Afraid (1968, Hasta el viento tiene miedo)

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When Claudia and her friends break the rules by trespassing into a forbidden tower, the school’s headmistress punishes them by confining them to the school during Spring Break. A similar incident happened five years before with horrendous, tragic consequences.

The Grue-Crew head to Mexico for the ninth time and encounter a restless spirit seeking revenge. Suspense and supernatural shenanigans ensue! The cult film in question is Even the Wind is Afraid (Hasta el viento tiene miedo) from writer/director Carlos Enrique Taboada, who is also the writer/director for another Classic Era episode, The Book of Stone (1969, El libro de piedra). The Classic Era Grue-Crew also recognized cast members from another of their episodes, Macario (1960). When Even the Wind is Afraid was released in 1968, it revitalized the Mexican horror genre. Be ready to settle in for a discussion with your faithful Gruesome Magazine spirit guides.

At the time of this writing, Even the Wind is Afraid is available to stream from Tubi and YouTube, and is available as a Blu-ray disc from VCI Video.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad, Hammer’s X the Unknown (1956), written by Jimmy Sangster, starring Dean Jagger, Leo McKern, Edward Chapman, Anthony Newley, and a big gob-o’-glowin’-goo.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.