‘The Ancient Forms’: Netflix’s film about the Catemaco witches is already the most watched in Mexico

Yesterday (August 25) it premiered through Netflix ‘The Ancient Ways’, a film -of foreign production- that reinterprets the uses and customs of the community of Catemaco, Veracruz, famous for its ancestral practice of shamanship and witchcraft.

‘The Ancient Ways’ had its premiere in the Sitges Film Festival 2020 and received good reviews from the specialized press, who were amazed at the re-imagination of the disturbing Mexican tradition.

It is a fictitious and exacerbated story, which naturally includes elements of the Veracruz municipality, such as jungle landscapes and cultural elements of the region. The film is directed by the American Christopher Alender from a script by Marcos Gabriel. The creative duo has been working together for about twenty since ‘Memorial Day’ (another horror movie), and right now they are developing the new series of ‘Los Muppets’.


‘The Ancient Ways’ features the leading role of the American actress of Latin descent Brigitte Kali Canales (Star Wars: The Bad Batch). She plays “Cristina López”, a journalist living abroad who returns to her homeland, Veracruz, pursuing an investigation into local witchcraft.

However, “Cristina” ends up becoming the protagonist of her own report, when she is kidnapped by a family of local shamans who claim that a demon lives within her. Andrea Cortés, Julia Vera, Sal Lopez, AJ Bowen and Weston Meredith complete the cast of this film, an original production by Netflix.

A little over 24 hours after its premiere, ‘The Ancient Ways’ has taken over the number 1 position of the Top 10 of the most viewed in Netflix -in Mexico. It is followed by other titles such as ‘Sweet Girl’,The Secret Life of Your Pets’ and ‘The Loud House.