Sunday, October 27, 2013

Edna Bolkan's Killer Nightmare.

Schizo! Schizo! Schizo!

Claudia (Edna Bolkan) suffers from Schizophrenia. Her illness has ruined her marriage because it has lead her to believe that her husband was cheating on her with other women, but in reality he wasn't at all. Claudia files for divorce and takes the kids with her, but they get to see their father every little while. When Claudia is alone at home, she begins to 'see' a creepy woman in black creeping on her. This creepy woman in black wants to kill Claudia and even have Claudia kill people that enter her home. However, this creepy woman in black is not an illusion at all. She is for real and it is Claudia's best friend Rebecca (Lizetta Romo) doing this! Rebecca has Claudia fooled by drugging her tea with some psychedelic drug (wow). Now why is Rebecca even doing this for? Well, she wants to rid of Claudia so she can have her kids and get with her ex-husband. She was so jealous of Claudia back in the day and now she's trying to get what she wants by doing fucked up things. What a great friend.

Edna Bolkan was simply amazing in Pesadilla Asesina (aka "Killer Nightmare"). She can sure play crazy quite well and look good at the same time. Again, I must mention my admiration of her big cat eyes (wowza!). Now I wasn't a fan of Manuel Capetillo in the movie though, since I found his character to be so irrelevant and strange. He plays a doctor, but he acts more like a cop since he carries a gun around. He pretty much was there just to look badass I guess. Meh. Next to Edna Bolkan looking crazy/beautiful, I truly admired the creepy scenes of the movie. The creepy scenes where the woman in black appears, toys 'coming to life', and the creepy ass doll opening. The opening shows a creepy doll movin' while a lullaby plays. Ahh, I love that. As simple as it was, I just thought it was great. Definitely sets in the creepy/weird mood of the movie.

I was expecting Pesadilla Asesina to be this wild Supernatural Horror flick, but that's not what it was at all. It was just a simple Horror Thriller involving jealous & crazy/beautiful women. And despite it being something different from what I was expecting; I still really, really liked the movie. Mexican Horror fans like myself will definitely enjoy this movie. Grab a copy somewhere, amigos & amigas.  8/10.



Friday, October 18, 2013

Very Wilde.

In Mexico City's Cine Opera, lives a strange man named Erick (Gerardo Vigil) who wanders around the theatre and reads Oscar Wilde poems. No one seems to know that Erick lives in the theatre except a young boy who accompanies his mother while she rehearses a dance routine for an upcoming stage show. While Erick reads his poems and while the dancers rehearse, a psychopath is on the loose in the theatre. His victims are the female dancers who prepare to go home after rehearsals. The psychopath brutally kills them with a switchblade and wears a creepy stage mask. The psychopath's identity is someone that frequents the theatre. Perhaps its the producer of the dance show, Gregory (Gerardo Albarran), who sleeps with most of the female dancers. Maybe it's the flamboyant gay dance instructor, who has a very bad temper. Or perhaps it is even Erick since he has a troubled past involving his sexual infatuation for his mother.

El Asesino Del Teatro (aka "The Killer in the Theatre") is quite the interesting Mexi-Giallo. The plot is decent, despite the terrible ending. Why end a good movie with a cheesy 'supernatural' twist? Ugh. The characters are interesting and surprisingly likable. Even that mean gay instructor guy. He dresses like a woman in one scene and just goes all crazy. It is an interesting scene really. Very, very interesting. Then of course the setting is hands down amazing! The fact that entire movie was filmed at the ol' Cine Opera really fascinates me. I'm so pleased when a movie is set in a beautiful old building. Cine Opera is just the kind of beautiful old building I like seeing. It was also interesting to see Oscar Wilde poems being read through out most of the movie. Famous literature really can drive a Mexican man insane... Very insane.

I enjoyed El Asesino Del Teatro. Its a fun watch and definitely needs to be dug up from obscurity. If you like Mexican horror & Italian giallos, then El Asesino Del Teatro is your kind of cup of tea.

Be sure to Grab the Uni Cine DVD copy since it seems that DVD is sold everywhere for real cheap.