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.