By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Another pair of frightening tales, MADRES and THE MANOR (pictured), have just become available at Amazon Prime.
Co-produced by Amazon and Blumhouse Television, MADRES was directed by Ryan Zaragoza from a script by Marcella Ochoa and Mario Miscione, and THE MANOR was written and directed by Axelle Carolyn. The synopses:
MADRES: “Beto [Tenoch Huerta) and Diana [Ariana Guerra], a young Mexican-American couple expecting their first child, move to a small town in 1970s California where Beto has been offered a job managing a farm. Isolated from the community and plagued by confusing nightmares, Diana explores the rundown company ranch where they reside, finding 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.”
THE MANOR: “A malevolent force preys upon the residents of a sleepy nursing home in THE MANOR, a Gothic tale of terror with a modern twist. When a mild stroke diminishes her ability to care for herself, Judith Albright [Barbara Hershey] moves to Golden Sun Manor, an assisted living facility with a sterling reputation. But despite the best efforts of the staff, and a budding friendship with fellow senior Roland [Bruce Davison], strange occurrences and nightmarish visions convince Judith that a sinister presence is haunting the massive estate. As residents begin to die mysteriously, Judith’s frantic warnings are dismissed as fantasy. Even her devoted grandson Josh [Nicholas Alexander] thinks her fears are the result of dementia, not demons. With no one willing to believe her, Judith must either escape the confines of the manor, or fall victim to the evil that dwells within it.”