Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Rey Misterio Sr., Irwin Keyes, Leyla Milani
Director: Jesse Baget
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Sports
On their way to Cabo San Lucas, the cast and crew of a low-budget film get lost and come upon "La Sangre De Dios", a ghost town with a spine-tingling legend about an insane Mexican wrestler. One by one, the cast and crew a... more »
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It's OK, just OK
Kyle Rosser | 03/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Like my heading this DVD is OK, just OK. I don't hate it and I didn't find a lot to like either. As a wrestling and horror fan this movie has a little of both. It was originally to be set in a mental institution but was changed to a ghost town. Some of the plot was lost in the transition.
If you are a wrestling or horror fan I recommend a cheap rental of this or pick it up at a bargain price like I did. Don't expect a lot and you won't be dissappointed. The original review of this DVD listed Rey Misterio as father to Rey Misterio Jr. of WWE fame, it's actually his uncle."
EXCELLENT, but flawed Low Budget B Movie- I loved it. (SPOIL
Matt Z. | Los Angeles, CA USA | 06/18/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let's see if amazon actually allows my review this time. I feel i owe it to the folks who made the film. (seeing how they're not all favorable reviews)... TRY AGAIN!
So anyways, the plotline of the film is soo utterly ridiculous, you know it's not supposed to be taken seriously. True, much of the film does not deliver as to "scares" or "shocks"...unless you count the peeling off of faces...[which although gruesome, could have been better], and it doesn't deliver much T&A in case you were looking for that.
Rather it relies on humor. Its the simultaneously hilarious horror of a stalking Mexican Wrestler named EL MASCARADO, plodding and deranged, killing people one by one: ripping off faces and the absurdity of the film that save it. The nod to Jason Voorhees is made apparent and even gets screen time(!) when its clearly painted on a dilapidated building facade: VOORHEES (maybe they're friends?)
Maybe the bad humor may be lost on people who are not familiar with Mexican Wrestling. The way this film was handled makes for soo many gut busting laughs. The over the top acting maintains character without turning cartoonish or BORE-ishly bad... (like that other wreck... one of the worst films of all time Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror - Extended and Unrated (Two-Disc Special Edition) Now THAT film was a horror. A total piece of garbage, its hard to believe such an awful film was produced by a major studio when the money could have been spent to do something meaningful.
INSTEAD, WRESTLEMANIAC doesn't go that way. Sure, there is little substantive plot, there are several misplaced and mis-staged scenes, continuity errors, some ridiculously STRAIGHTFORWARD exposition lines: the portly guy on the trip also happens to be familiar with the legend of a Mexican wrestler who emerged after 3 Mexican wrestling champions disappeared (Suggestive of some sort of Frankenstein creature) AND the film could have devoted some make up or scar tissue to the villain as well just to drive that point home.
BUT(!) there is also a completely hilarious scene involving a 60 year old reel to reel tape machine playing back the apparent "lab results" of testing on this Mexican wrestler killer: the absurdity of this film kept me LAUGHING... boy did i laugh... and with the gorgeous and buxom Leyla Milani, how could you complain? There were some RIDICULOUSLY google eyed moments where the camera deliberately pans to her...uh... "goods".
I must say though, the film makers suffer a serious case of hubris when they don't end the film the way it really should have. Instead of opting to have the finale culminate in the heroine Ms. Milani, taking the advice and killing EL MASCARADO, or simply removing his mask, OR BOTH culminating in EL MASCARADO shouting AY CHAVELA!!! (like the opening credits and bringing the humor and horror full circle with a great ending)
Instead of taking it that route and securing a life in the history of B-Movies and Cult Trash flicks, the directors leave us with a garbage ending where El Mascarado DRIVES off away down the highway in the victims' van..IN BROAD DAYLIGHT! How a filmmaker could ultimately try to create the substance of a larger than life horror monster and simultaneously DESTROY any credibility to that effect by having him DRIVE AWAY...is utterly ridiculous. It destroys the mystery of the character and gives this film the horribly flawed ending that it has.
But all in all, this is the kind of film that makes for a bad laugh with friends with a couple of beers. Its laughably bad, but KNOWS IT IS. RENT IT or buy USED as much as i liked it i would not be caught paying $25 for this film. I bought it used."
The Tao of Netflix | Washington, DC | 12/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a neat and different film. In short, a group of kids head to Mexico, only to find themselves stranded in a town that is home to a "wrestlemaniac", a guy who was a legendary mexican wrestler (mask and all), but who has since gone a bit nuts. I absolutely hate professional wrestling, and will categorically dismiss anyone who thinks its interesting. That notwithstanding, this movie was fun. The kids work their way through the mostly abandoned town, and slowly get picked off by the wrestler guy. They slowly come to realize what they need to do to defend against him, and its somewhat interesting how they do so. The acting was mostly very good (not oscar, but certainly not so bad you notice), and the production quality was quite high as well. I enjoyed and highly recommend."