I wasn’t quite prepared for the layers upon layers upon layers of meaning in the darkly beautiful HUESERA: THE BONE WOMAN, Directed by Michelle Garza Cervera.
Valeria (Natalia Solián) and her husband Raúl (Alfonso Dosal) are incredibly excited when they find out she’s pregnant. However Val’s joy is short-lived, as she soon starts seeing strange and terrifying things. Her Aunt Isabel (Mercedes Hernández) recognizes that Val may be under a sinister curse, and takes her to a witch who performs a ritual to help expel the problem – but a secret from her past combined with her fractured sanity tips the scales, forcing Val to confront her fears and fight for both her and her unborn child’s life.
While HUESERA falls under the category of body horror, it’s not exactly the kind of body/pregnancy horror you’re expecting. There’s plenty of cracking bones and skittering spirits, but underneath all that is a level of pure dread – the kind of dread a woman feels from giving up parts of herself, being treated as an incubator, and fearing irreversible change.
There’s also a really fantastic exploration of postpartum depression as possession, which creates one heart-stopping moment of absolute terror, and drives Val to contact a badass coven of witches for some serious spiritual help.
(*AHEM*I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the insanely hot queer sex scene Cervera drops into the middle of this without warning. Absolute fire, but also tenderness, and pure love. I just. I mean. WOW).
HUESERA: THE BONE WOMAN is available to rent on all major streaming platforms. Highly recommend!