Sunday, August 18, 2013

Revenge of the Trashy 90's Christian Videohomes! Another Tribute to Paco Del Toro.

Who knew Jorge Reynoso could play a badass cop and a good Christian. Who knew Rafael Inclan could play a tragic character without coming off too goofy. And who knew Porn was so immoral & dangerous.

Paco Del Toro knew all these things. He knew them all and showed them in some of his weirdest films ever conceived for the home video market in Mexico & USA.

Once again, here's another tribute to the trashiest Christian Videohome filmmaker, Paco Del Toro. Enjoy.

El Despiadado (1990)
This movie has been on my mind ever since I saw the trailer in a Mexcinema tape. I actually had no idea it was a Paco Del Toro movie until I looked it up on IMDb. I couldn't believe such a brutal and ultra-low budget SOV movie was really a Christian movie!

El Despiadado (or "Man Without Mercy") is about a criminal named Pedro (Fernando Ciangherotti) whom and his little gang go around robbing and shooting to make ends meet. Pedro being the leader; shows no mercy for anyone. He is fucked up and hard on everyone.

When Pedro & gang are screwed over by a crime boss, they end up kidnapping the crime boss' ill son and demand millions of dollars in exchange for his safe return. Obviously this kidnapping/hostage situation ends up a bust since Pedro's gang is killed off and he ends up in prison for a loooong time. In prison, Pedro adjusts to the locked-up life and begins to sell dope in there. Dope dealing doesn't last as it ends up making him stab a rival and staying in solitary confinement for it. Pedro wanting a change in his life, decides to pick up The Bible and become a good Christian.

El Despiadado is actually a pretty good movie. I really enjoyed this movie since it was pretty darn interesting and sleazy. Fernando Ciangherotti does an excellent job portraying scumbag shit Pedro. Fernando definitely knows how to play scumbag shit type of characters! Now I can see why Paco had him star in almost all his movies. Playing the same kind of character & all.

El Chupes (1992)
Also known as "The Boozer", this movie is about a man (Rafael Inclan) who is a straight up alcoholic. He drinks daily and doesn't seem to think its wrong since he keeps his family intact and is doing good at work. Well, the more he keeps drinking, the worse his life gets. Eventually his alcoholism leads him to abusing his family (verbally & physically), getting fired from work, and becomes a wino.

This movie was pretty sad to me since it hits close to home. I got family that suffer from alcoholism and I personally know other people that suffer from it as well. Seeing Rafael Inclan portraying this type of character really tore my heart into little pieces.

Despite the seriousness & close to home moments; El Chupes is still a an exaggerated Christian movie. The movie goes over-the-top shocking when the alcoholic dad attempts to rape his  own daughter. That seemed a bit too much to me. Calm the heck down, Paco!

Chavos Banda (1995)
Jorge Reynoso stars in Chavos Banda as a preachy cop trying to help out the local street kids. These street kids have hard lives since they come from broken homes, they rob, and do drugs. Jorge Reynoso tries his best at helping the kids with readings of The Bible and starting a soccer team for these kids.

Typical street kid movie with Christian overtones. People assume this is some kind of punk flick when in fact its really not. Also, you got to love Jorge Reynoso's mullet. Its so big and machismo! WOW!

 Altos Instintos (1995)
This has to be the most exaggerated and perhaps even the most controversial movie that Paco Del Toro ever filmed. Altos Instintos is all about S-E-X.

Mexican singer Yuri stars in this movie as a young gal who was raped by her stepfather (Fernando Ciangherotti) and is now pregnant with his child. She wants to abort the child. But when she fails to do so, she is convinced it isn't right to do that and ends up keeping it (yeah, yeah).

Meanwhile, the young gal's little brother gets a part-time job at his uncle's store. The job seems great at first, but then the uncle gets pervy on the boy and ends up molesting him every time he's with him. The boy ends up brutally traumatized by the sexual abuse and is afraid to tell someone about this.

MEANWHILE (again), The stepfather is out & about looking at pornographic material (the good stuff apparently), and his addiction to porn leads him to raping women & children around town.

MEANWHILE (again!), the little brother's schoolmates are all addicted to porn. They view it, they 'read' it, and they even call a sex hotline with stupid looks on their faces. OH, THESE SILLY MEXICAN KIDS OF 1995! When one of the boy's parents finds out about this porn ordeal, the father of the boy tells him he needs to stop viewing such perversion and pray to God instead! "Sex is not a bad thing, but it shouldn't be taken advantage of". OH! MY! GOD!

Say NO to Porn. Say YES to Jesus Christ.

Here are some trailers I ripped from the El Despiadado tape I have. Both have yelling and preachy goings. The Chamula trailer is surprisingly pretty violent.

And to end this post. Here's a scan of a favorite VHS tape from my collection. This is a non-Christian release of Paco Del Toro's SIDA: Sindrome De Muerte. Clearly it was re-titled De Sangre Asesina (Assassin Blood) to sell it off as a typical Action flick. Of course, the actual movie itself is far from being action. There is plenty of other Paco Del Toro movies that got similar releases like this one. I have yet to find them though.

Click HERE to read about SIDA and other Paco Del Toro movies.