THE SKELETON OF MRS. MORALES (EL ESQUELETO DE LA SEÑORA MORALES, 1960) – Episode 131 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“What did I ask from you? A little affection, and mostly peace. And see what you made me do?” Wait. Who is the victim here? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make the Decades of Horror’s eighth trip south of the border with The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (El esqueleto de la señora Morales,1960).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 131 – The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960)

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A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.


The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales is Whitney’s pick and is, as she describes it, a black comedy complete with los tóxicas y chismosas (the toxic and the gossipy). The unhealthy relationships in the film lead to murder with a dose of humor. Daphne loves The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales, lauding its atmosphere, its beautiful cinematography, and its winning combination of the grim and the playful. The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales got funnier each time Jeff watched it, even though there are some very disturbing events in the film. Its award-winning cast and crew, including the director of Ship of Monsters (La nave de los monstruos, 1960), have created a tour de force in The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales.

Your Classic Era Grue Crew highly recommends The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales. At the time of this writing, it can be streamed from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Tubi, and YouTube. There is also a Blu-ray available from VCI.

If you’re interested in Mexican cinema, check out these other episodes of Decades of Horror:

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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.