This seemed like a good idea when I had it SIX YEARS AGO
! So good, in fact, that I picked up a couple of other DVDs to be the next entries in the series.For whatever reason, I dropped the ball on the series, but now I'm doubling back, because who doesn't like reviews of bargain bin movies?
Today's entry is Wrestlemaniac. Here's your trailer -
Despite the looks it got me, I watched this cinematic oddity a couple of years ago on the flight to SDCC. I've been meaning to write it up ever since. After a quick skimming to refresh my memory, here we go.
Alternately titled El Mascarado or El Mascarado Massacre, Wrestlemaniac tells the story of an amateur porn crew's wrong turn into the Mexican ghost town of La Sangre de Dios which is, apparently, the holding cell for luchador turned serial killer, El Mascarado.
The tone of the movie is set by the first line of dialogue, "You guys ever hear of a Dirty Sanchez?" So, you know you're in for a classy affair.
Now, as we've discussed in Lucha Libre Theater, there is a long history of luchadors making movies. They are, generally, the heroes of the affairs, turning back the threat of aliens, vampires, mummies and mobsters. The transition to making the luchador a psychotic rudo seems like a reasonable jump to make.
Slip in a variation of the classic lucha premise of luchas de apuestas where a luchador puts up his mask and, by extension, his identity as the spoils of victory, and we're onto something. Cast former WWE Diva Search runner-up Leyla Milani as Last Girl and wrestling legend, Rey Misterio, as El Mascarado and you give mainstream wrestling fans a point of entry.
I'm not talking about Rey Misterio, Jr., the highflying luchador known to the world through his work in WWE and WCW.
No, the Rey Misterio in question is Rey Rey's uncle, Rey Misterio, Sr.
Bait and Switch!
As a slasher movie, Wrestlemaniac is subpar, but I've seen worse. El Mascarado's kills are at least clever.
As a lucha libre movie, it's subpar. I still think there is a market for lucha libre based movies in the current market. This one isn't a good representation of the genre. Its a clever if unforgettable twist.
Then again, what do you expect for a couple of bucks in the bargain bin at Big Lots!?
Come back next month for Motorama!