AL FILO DE TERROR
Next level Mexican puppet terror.
AL FILO DE TERROR
Next level Mexican puppet terror.
Upper echelon AIP flick. This movie is a winner. Super sleazy and early 90s. The S&M aesthetic feels super sketchy, which is probably why I love it. Spikes, leather masks, and dingy pink lighting, that’s pretty much all any movie ever needs.
Gimp killer goes around murdering prostitutes. You can probably guess the whole arc. But taken in context, it’s a really interesting whodunnit with cops and politicians.
If I could sum it up one scene. He swings his saw blade machete and takes off a hooker’s head. Slow motion fly through the air. YES. that.
also, I’m pretty sure I saw Haim Saban’s name in the credits. I’m also pretty sure the principal from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers plays the police chief.
yeah, actually, now that I think about it, Power Ranger costumes are pretty similar to gimp suits
There’s a good parting thought
This one takes a bit to get started. But when it does. Oh my gosh. Probably one of my favorite Cristian Gonzales flicks. I posted a pic of it on my Facebook and he actually commented on it. I’ll let him get this started.
El destazador is a strange picture, even for me, at the same time Reynoso play his role with anti hero tone. The mix of texas chain saw and the beauty and the beast also mexican dirty politians and the tough guys of the union of Rastros (Slaughter House) and a touch of film noir brings to the film a dark vision of mexico political ambient, similar to 38. expansiva and a little of My Giallo Mex touch. Parece un receta de mole poblano
That’s pretty much what it is. Some drama and politics going on with this butcher’s union. This dude and his girlfriend drug and assumedly “kill” Jorge Reynoso. But when he’s on the chopping block to be disposed of he comes back to life and wreaks vengeance and picks up a hot girlfriend/accomplice along the way.
It’s told in flashbacks. Jorge is jail, behind bars, telling his story. It’s got this really otherworldly lighting going on. A lot of this movie is pink. Which is a really weird thing. You never see PINK movies. The lighting is pink and combined with constant inserts of entrails and guts at the slaughterhouse, there’s even more pink going on. It’s an interesting thing I really enjoyed. Compared to some other Mexican flicks from the same time period, this one is just a lot more well made, and shot, and just feels nice.
And aside from that you just have pure exploitation, filth, and sleaze, but on another level. I’m sure there’s a lot of subtext to it, it just feels like that, but it’s completely lost to me since I don’t speak the language. Which is a bummer, but what can you do.
The sex is just, I don’t even know. Witness Jorge Reynoso get one of the most awkward looking softcore titjobs of all time. A man gets thrown into a meat grinder. Jorge force feeds this dude cooked pieces of his girlfriend. Plenty of machete thwacking. And lots and lots of nasty ass footage that would be right at home in a PETA shock video.
It’s just a really great, well made slab of 90s mexi-filth. THIS MOVIE GETS 5 LONG PINK INTESTINES OUT OF 5
Also, not sure if y’all can see this or not, but Cristian Gonzales went ahead and posted a whole bunch of behind the scenes pics on his facebook. It’s a really interesting peek into this whole thing that you don’t usually get to see. So I’m really stoked we get to see these. also, just in case, these pics feature lots of SPOILER ALERTS incase that bothers you
This movie is the epitome of what an 80s slasher should be. The Killer is styling and profiling. His vengeance is fierce. His kills are cool. And he’s got it going on.
I’ve had the DVD for years and actually haven’t watched this one since High School, I just remember falling in love with it. I bought this tape as more of a just a collector’s piece. Like the movie itself, it’s the epitome of 80’s big box horror design. That cover is just like OOOOOOOO YEAAAAAAH.
I don’t remember the story at all. But I can tell you for sure it definitely wasn’t original. But that doesn’t really matter when it comes to these things. Tom Savini’s FX are on that next level. That bayonet through the head is legendary.
But yeah, not much else to see, it’s a good a slasher.
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I honestly don’t remember much about this movie. Just a really well done opening kill in a car wash and then it kinda lets up and I fell asleep and never got around to watching it again
BUT I WILL ASSUME IT WAS MOSTLY GOOD AND YOU SHOULD WATCH IT, OKAY
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S’MORE TOP LEVEL MEXICAN SHIT. One of those tapes I’ve wanted for so long, and it was right under my nose the whole time. I almost pooped my pants when I found it at the flea market
It exemplifies everything that’s right about 90s Mexican cinema. Rene Cardona III was totally on for this one. Jorge Reynoso was too. Everybody brought their sleazy A game.
It opens up with Jorge Reynoso shotgunning his family. He goes on trial and ends up at a mental institution where these doctor’s experiment with his brain and stuff to see why he’s so messed up I guess. EVENTUALLY OF COURSE, HE ESCAPES.
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS, he finds a cave in the back of a cemetery?? WHAT ARE THE ODDS. So yeah, he finds a homeless guy in there and snaps his neck after proclaiming himself SANTA MUERTE. Then he decides he needs a scalpel, so he visits a local vet and sticks what appears to be a steel pet brush into the side of his head? IN ANY CASE, IT GETS THE JOB DONE, SO GOOD FOR HIM
THEN NOW, HIS PRIMARY OBJECTIVE
He starts offing women. He runs over one with his car. Beats another to death with the trunk lid on her car, and so on. Whilst doing this, he removes the flesh from their face.
He turns his cave hideout into an art studio. He draws out blue prints of a woman’s face and organizes the pieces of flesh on a mannequin head.
I FORGOT TO MENTION, while he’s off having fun times. The cops and a couple of psychologists are trying to track him down.
Eventually their paths meet up which leads to a lab-coated Jorge Reynoso wearing this leatherface-esqe mask chasing them through the cemetery with a big revolver. IT’S AS FUN AS IT SOUNDS. and leads to the typical Rene Cardona III twist ending that makes you go WTF but actually doesn’t really make that much sense when you think about it
and well, this review is kind of a jumbled mess, I expected it to turn out more witty, I GUESS I’M KINDA TIRED RIGHT NOW, MY BAD
THIS MOVIE GETS
5 DEAD SKIN MASKS OUTTA 5
Pretty much the perfect movie. Fernando Almada’s wife and kids get blown away by a group of punks. He gets beaten half to death. He gets out of the hospital eventually and picks up a pretty young girl sidekick. He stalks his prey for awhile, watching them kill defenseless people and cause a general ruckus. UNTIL EVENTUALLY….
If I hadn’t read Armando’s Review of this movie months ago, this second half woulda completely taken me by surprise, I mean it’s kinda what you’re expecting, but with a really good twist that just feels kinda nice and fresh. SO STOP READING AFTER THIS POINT IF YOU DON’T WANT IT SPOILED FOR YOU
but yes, in any case, THE FUN BEGINS. It’s not quite the guns blazing conclusion you’re expecting, but a sort of stalk and kill. He lures the punks into this house and starts killing them off one by one. It takes on all these weird gothic horror overtones. Lots of fire and moody lighting. An abandoned gloomy house. The portraits of the punks he’s painted in blood, hung on the wall. His female sidekick dresses up as a doll. The creepy soundtrack pounds. It’s just a wonderful thing.
When I think about it, this movie shares quite a few similarities with VENGANZA INSACIABLE. The death of a loved one driving our heroes into a crazed frenzy. Hero isn’t quite the right word for what they become either, they become almost as despicable as their targets. Torturing their gaudily dressed punk victims into a bloody demise. Our Protagonists personify death, black suited monsters that kill without mercy.
THIS MOVIE GETS 5 BURNT ALIVE PUNKS OUTTA 5
La Monja Ensangrentada
A nun kills people or something like that, I don’t remember exactly, I dozed off numerous times, because like most things SOV, this movies pretty terrible and hard to sit through, the cover is the stuff of legends though, so it’s okay, I don’t mind having it in my collection.
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LA MUERTE DEL CHACAL
Where do I even begin with this one?
It stars Fernando and Mario Almada, WONDER TWIN POWERS ACTIVATE. I love when they’re both in a movie from the 80s, it feels like they’re playing soldiers or cops and robbers and someone just happened to be around and capture it on film. Mario’s always the good guy, Fernando is always the crazy guy. They don’t really act, they just stand around and shoot guns at people hahah. This time they get to go on a boat chase and Fernando gets to wear this bitchin sea captain’s hat
It’s pretty straight forward. Gloved killer hangs out around an old boat with his two doberman pinschers. Sometimes victims come to him, sometimes he goes and finds them. His weapon of choice is this cane sword. Killer has got plenty of style. Mario is the sheriff on the case.
There’s not really that much more to say. It’s just a great movie. Not really a slasher, more of a giallo. I’m usually not much for them. But the kills come quick and fast, and while not super violent, they’re well done and the early 80s Texas aesthetic adds so much to it. Also, the soundtrack, I cannot stress enough how scuzzy it is. Heavy, dirgy, scummy electronic noises that kinda throw you off kilter, it’s perfect.
I GIVE DIS MOVIE 4 1/2 UNSHEATHED CANE SWORDS OUTTA 5