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The main conceit of this psycho-killer thriller is a good one. The Mexican government, circa 1960, desperately wants to win a gold medal at the Olympics, so they "disappear" the top four Mexican wrestlers and assemble from them the perfect wrestler...with superior wrestling skills, but unfortunately, warped by the process into a maniacal, murderous mat-man. He is stashed in a secret government facility, and forgotten. Enter our protagonists, Jimbo (Zack Bennett), Steve (Jeremy Radin), Dallas (Leyla Razzari) and a few others, in Mexico to film a cheap porno film. They stumble upon the town where the forgotten facility was, and Steve (a wrestling fan) recognizes it as the final repose of El Mascarado (Rey Misterio Sr.). Mayhem ensues. This is a good attempt to create a franchise character ala Freddie Kreuger or Jason Vorhees. The masked wrestler is inexorable and has superhuman strength. The victims struggle, with various success amid the great sets, outstanding in a low budget film. It's filmed with considerable flair, and the characters survive according to the skill of their portrayals. If you like slasher flicks, masked wrestler movies, or are just a fan of well made low-budget films, check this one out.
While driving a van through Mexico looking for a location for shooting
a low-budget porn, Alphonse (Adam Huss), Steve (Jeremy Radin), Dallas
(Leyla Milani), Debbie (Margaret Scarborough), the alcoholic Daisy
(Catherine Wreford) and the pothead Jimbo (Zack Bennett) get lost and
meet a stranger (Irwin Keyes) in a remote gas station run out of gas in
the middle of nowhere. The man gives the directions for the nearest gas
station, and advises the group to avoid the ghost town La Sangre de
Dios. Steve recalls the Mexican legend about the best Mexican wrestler,
El Mascarado, who became crazy and started killing his opponents, and
was sent to this town later. The director Alphonse decides to trespass
the gate of La Sangre de Dios and shoot the film in the local bar.
Sooner the group discovers that Mexican legends sometimes are true.
"El Mascarado Massacre" is a great example of how to make a good B-movie of horror. The story is funny, there are lots of gore and beautify and sexy women partially naked. The director and writer Jesse Baget made a great debut in the cinema industry and I sincerely look forward to see his next work. The unknown actresses are really sexy; the actors are funny and the killer is really bad, and in the end I really liked this movie. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Homem Mascarado" ("The Masked Man")
Insane Mexican wrestler brutalizes people before ripping their faces
off with his bare hands. Really, nobody watching this expects Tolstoy.
But for what it is, a lowbudget slasher flick, it's top stuff.
First of all, the premise. Part homage to the ridiculous luchadore movies of Santo, Blue Demon et al, it's hilarious on paper. Yet in choosing Rey Misterio Sr. for the role, they've made an inspired choice. He's not a 7' monster who towers unbelievably over the protagonists, but a short, squat guy who looks like he really could snap your spine with his bare hands. Clever lighting make his mask highly creepy on top of that, leading to a genuinely menacing presence.
Gorewise, this is a movie about faces being torn off. It's the movie's tagline, it's even on the front of the DVD case and the promo posters. You're teased with it, and when you finally see it, man it's nasty. Double thumbs up to the effects team, peeled faces haven't looked this good since Texas Chainsaw, though at a couple of specific points the blood seemed a little too light in tone and too opaque. It's highlighted further by the contrast with the rest of the movie, when it's that wonderous slick dark blood you expect from a horror these days. El Mascarado himself is pretty much permanently covered in great-looking gore. I'm surprised this movie walked away with only a 15 rating in the UK.
The sets are really something else. Much of the time they're really bordering on the kind of quality expected from a bigbudget Hollywood horror. They get re-used with some consistency, but then considering the setting is a small Mexican town, that's somewhat forgivable.
Acting, there's not much to say except that it's great. The characters start out as stereotypes, but they're really brought to life by a surprisingly solid cast. Unusual for the genre, but certainly not unwelcome. Troma this ain't.
The quality of the directing is a touch inconsistent. Sometimes it feels like a homage to other B-grade slashers, with cheesy PoV shots, camera blur, and other fun clichés, but at other times there's proof that these guys are capable of taking it to another level of quality, with some great twists and unexpected, original scenes. Oh, and some gratuitous softcore thrown in too, and played entirely for laughs, which actually works. If they'd stuck with one direction or the other, this would have turned out a cult classic. A little too scary to be funny, a little too funny to be truly scary.
Sound is the real department where issues arise. The music is fantastic, with authentic Mexican tunes on the DVD menu and across the opening credits, and the general score is mood-enhancing without being intrusive. But this is some atrocious dubbing. A constant re-use of El Mascarado growling, regular tinny sound effects, and people sounding far off and distant when they're supposed to be 3 feet offscreen, it's a bit of a shame, the sound lacks the kind of punch the action deserves.
Still, this is definitely one of the better slashers I've seen in the past few years. It's silly fun in parts, crafts some great chilling moments and has more than it's fair share of gorebuckets thrown in. And really, who can resist seeing Rey Misterio Sr. as a murderous psychopath? If you like slashers, see this movie. I give it 8/10.
Wrestlemaniac is no more than you would expect, given the title. Its a short but sweet. mindless slasher with a delightfully deranged plot back story for its villain and a standard plot that sees a handful of generic unfortunates making the mistake of choosing the maniacal El Mascarado's ghost town stomping ground as a location for their cheapo porno shoot. At only 75 or so minutes long and with around a ten to twenty minute build up to get down to business Wrestlemaniac is nicely paced stuff and never gets dull. For a low budget affair the location and direction are pretty swell and the acting is quite reasonable. The characters are not particularly well written, with Adam Huss' Alphonse a bit of a twerp, Jeremy Radins Steve a likable enough geek with a fondness for Mexican wrestling and the rest pretty non descript really. As for the making a porno aspect of the film, there is some brief nudity with a total of three breasts exposed, which is kind of a gyp really. Also, with the absolutely basic one camera, one camera man, three girls one guy acting set up they have for making the film, it would have been most likely at the bottom of the pile of pitiful amateur skin flicks and nothing like worth the trip to Mexico to make it. Maybe I'm just nit picking but it seems like the movie makers were possibly just thinking anything would be better than the party goers take a wrong turn cliché and went for the porn shoot option without really working it out properly. Anyhow, these gripes aside as a mindless slasher this works quite well. Though the first couple of offings are very mild, once the villain has been properly revealed he is one heck of a fearsome adversary and much credit must go to real life wrestler Rey Misterio Sr for his imposing, vicious portrayal. Once he gets down to on screen, bloody business the film is a grisly joy to watch with nice effects and a pleasantly brutish streak. The film ends a bit too abruptly for my liking, but its a perfectly good mindless time and I can only hope it does well enough to start a franchise, as I'd love to see some sequels. So, if this kind of mindless stuff is up your street, I'd say this is worth a watch.
A group of teens go on a trip to film a porn film in Mexico, on the way
they encounter a 'your doomed' style gas attendant who tells them the
story of El Diablo Negro and warns them not to pull up till they get to
the next gas station. Don't you know the pesky teens stop to shoot in a
run down bar only to be hacked down by a psychopath in a wrestling
Nobody watches films like this for plot which thankfully is a good job cause there's not one. Feels more Full Moon than Troma which isn't saying much. But that said its fun and well paced with nicely done action scenes, gore and the odd flashed top rack. All in all better than average 6/10 from me.
The "wrestlemaniac" is another slashers movie, the story is about a group of young people who want to go to a town in Mexico, but instead they get two a place with a local legend about crazy wrestler from the 60s. The acting was amateurish, there was no deep script but all of these are not the real problem of this movie, the real problem is the fact that we have already seen movies like this before, a group of teenagers/young people that get lost and mistakenly find themselves running away from a local maniac, this movie just gives you the feeling that you know what is going to happened next. The "wrestlemaniac" does not bring a story we have not heard before. In summary, I did no like "wrestlemaniac", this movie is expected, and the worst thing is that the movie does not frightening as good horror movie should. for another reviewes: http://imdb.com/user/ur44998795/comments
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This movie should have gotten into the comedy/horror genre but somehow... it didn't... It turns out to be just "horror" but actually the viewers will have quite a lot to laugh about. A typical "B" movie but not so typical villain... You should watch this cause you rarely see someone get killed by a masked wrestler who actually turns out to be WWE star Rey Mysterio's uncle! What's scarier than being stomped and face-ripped by a 50-year-old-man... who can barely walk and grunts stupidly while attempting to skin his victim ? And if that doesn't make you laugh then this next fact is going to kill you(because of over-laughing)... It turns out that the only way to stop the WRESTLEMANIAC is by removing his MASK ?! Come On ! You gotta be kidding... but they're aren't! So there's this fat-hero-wannabe-guy (that I pretty much adore) who puts on a mask as well and faces the FRIGHTENING WRESTLEMANIAC IN A RING!!! The best part of the movie... and perhaps the funniest of all. Half-naked women go around and make out but that's not important... cause there's a Wrestlemaniac on the loose! Run For Your Lives!
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I've got to agree with other reviewers that this setup is nothing
special. You've seen it a hundred times before. A group of kids get
trapped in an isolated location and are hunted down by a maniac. The
But this time there's a difference. These aren't just your average teenagers, they're amateur porn stars. And this isn't just any maniac. It's a Frankenstein wrestler sewn together from dead wrestler bodies (one of the goofiest backstories I've ever heard).
Backstories aren't what people rent these types of films for, however. It's all about the murders and the sexy girls, both of which this movie has in abundance. It's also got a great location (a Mexican ghost town) and some good camera work, which keeps the film entertaining (even if there are a lot of moments stolen from better films).
Overall, a great time waster and much better than many of this type.
Lets be fair this is not 12 Angry Men or Citizen Kane or Apocalypse
Now. You aren't going to learn anything watching this film or gain very
much but you are going to have a good time. This falls firmly into B
movie category and there's nothing wrong with B movies. Its virtually a
It feels like a Tarantino movie, i'm fairly surprised his sticky fingers aren't involved with it in some way. Its rattles along at a cracking pace vomiting (in a good way) out horror movie clichés as it goes and some of them are so well done but so stupid they are laugh out loud charming. Its a sweet little movie. Adorable in what its trying to do. Because its not trying to do anything. Its not post modern with annoying teens dissecting horror movies working out how to cheat the system. Although one of the characters knows an awful lot about Mexican wrestling and the killer would be improbably old.
It is what it is, a cheap, cobbled together horror film full of plot holes that, so long as you turn your brain off and your expectations down, you'll have a good time watching.
A small crew of amateur pornographers head south-of-the-border in a van
to find filming locations. In a drug-addled haze they lose direction,
by-and-by ending up in a decrepit abandoned town. Finding this
mysterious spot ideal for filming, they proceed to shoot their
impromptu porn scenes and are having a great time...until they find
themselves in a life-or-death face-off with a psychotic Mexican
wrestling legend who inhabits the creepy ghost town in solitude.
This little movie surprised the hell out of me. This is not to say that I'm falling all over myself with praise for the high production qualities and flawless execution of WRESTLEMANIAC(which, truth be known, are merely average, or perhaps slightly better thanks to some interesting camera-work and a great atmospheric filming location). What I AM more enthusiastic about is the canny and eccentric handling of the material which, despite having a mildly intriguing slant in it's storyline, treads some mighty tired slasher ground. The characters(all complete losers, but likable regardless) are well written, and deliberately almost over-the-top. This makes sense, however, as the whole affair crackles with a mordant undercurrent and winks knowingly as it tosses out every exploitation film cliché in the book. Make no mistake, though...this isn't a genre parody. There is actually a decent buildup of suspense, and some brisk action(not to mention a few really gross gore moments)...it almost plays like a homage to grindhouse cinema without being a complete contrivance(unlike some films by a certain Hollywood Golden Boy who shall remain nameless). Performances are a tad spotty, but the largely unknown cast members handle their parts capably enough(and all obligatory female eye-candy bases are definitely covered).
Although it isn't by any means a stellar or important picture, it succeeds quite nicely as fodder entertainment...wisely, it never aspires to be anything more.
I enjoyed WRESTLEMANIAC as the base-level cheap thrill ride that it intended to be, and I'm not a bit sorry for it. 6/10
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