Sunday, February 25, 2018

Girls just want to have fun. Kill, too.

We live in a world that is sadly very dangerous and that will never achieve peace in any way. Marvin Gaye once said in a song "There's too many of us dying" and that is completely true. We're always dying because we always just kill each other for some reason. One particular reason is greed. Greed when it comes to money mostly. Everybody wants money and not everyone want to earn in a fair manor. These people just want to take it from someone else that has actually took their time to earn it. So they'll use acts of violence to take what they want and do not care for the consequences that will come. No sympathy for the suffering.

This is what Angeles Infernales is all about.

Greed and Violence.

However, there is a small twist to this story. The men that commit the acts of violence for money dress up as women. It's their identity. Their gang attire. Literally.

Angeles Infernales (aka "Infernal Angels") starts off with the gang of cross dressers driving in a yellow convertible. They enter a store and assault everyone in the store. Including police officer Ivan (Jorge Reynoso) and his pregnant wife who were just casually shopping. Without giving a single fuck, the leader of the gang Miguel shoots Ivan's wife and knocks Ivan out. From there. they kill the poor cashier and security guard. All the money of the store is taken of course. Afterwards, the gang of lady-men attack a couple of young lovers. Turns out the guy who was just was smooching with his girl actually knows Miguel! The guy used to bully Miguel in school and now the tables have turned. Miguel and his guys (or girls) rape the guy's girlfriend and then both end up dead. Sad. Crazy. The gang of lady-men then rob another store and this time its quite brutal(er). They shoot the place up & Miguel stabs the shopkeeper with an ice pick to the neck. Ouch. After a struggling recovery, Ivan and his cop friend Santos (Agustin Bernal) go in search of the gang of lady-men who are still committing brutal crimes in town. Ivan wants to avenge his pregnant wife's death at all costs.

Angeles Infernales is another notorious title I had search for the longest time and was finally able to get it. I had the highest of expectations for it and did it live up to that? Oh, yes indeed! A gang of crossdressers robbing, killing & raping and two tough cops battling them is exactly what I expected to see and it lived up for sure. The pacing of the movie was great, never really got slow and the cheap music score that plays throughout the movie blends in quite well with the brutality of these crazy man-ladies' crimes. Jorge Reynoso is of course always a pleasure to see in the movie. He's calm but it's quite clear that's how his character is supposed to be. Calm but out for revenge for sure. I also loved the subplot involving one of the crossdressers'. He's the youngest of the gang and while he's not robbing and raping and killing; he lives a pretty normal life with his mother and has a girlfriend who he adores a lot and protects. Of course that all turns to shit once his criminal activities with his gang come to light.

I just love a good ol' movie with killer cross dressers and Jorge Reynoso featuring Agustin Bernal. Angeles Infernales is a fun watch. A rarity worth seeking out. If I was able to get it, you can too. Not sure when, but you will. Also, if you run into a dude who you bullied in school that now is dressing up as a lady; I suggest you run and never stop running. 7/10.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Juan Valentin's Revenge.

Black Magic is no bueno. It is sacrilegious. Immoral. Dumb. Weird. Evil. Sometimes though, when you're desperate for vengeance and you can't do anything for yourself, forces beyond us is the only way to get these things done.

It all starts before a party (usually) when Humberto (Noe Murayama) meets with his bro in law Ruben (Juan Valentin) to attend a party. They meet with a colleague of theirs named Don Julian. Don Julian is an old man who practices Black Magic and talks scary. He'll tell both Humberto and Ruben about their personal issues and say he's not going to live long on this planet for long. Weird, huh?
As the party goes on, Ruben and Humberto drink, mess around with weird ladies and get annoyed with Don Julian's odd behavior. When they leave the party, Humberto accidentally hits a guy crossing the street. Don Julian once again annoys Humberto and ends up killing the old fool. Ruben is passed out drunk in the car and left by himself as if he caused the murders (uh-oh!).

Ruben lands in jail and Humberto tries hard to convince him that he was responsible for the accident. Ruben has no memory of this and believes he didn't do anything and is being framed by Humberto who actually did the accident & murder. Pissed off & not getting out of jail anytime soon; he befriends his cellmate who has a lady friend that practices black magic. She's a scary ol' broad, too. Eyes practically popping out of her head, black headband covering her head & ghoulish old lady makeup on.

Black Magic lady agrees to help Ruben, so she has him do a out of body thing where he walks out of the jail and scares Humberto in his room. Afterwards, Ruben sends Humberto's daughter a blonde doll that has a power to suck the life out of someone. The doll does this by moving its eyes around & worms coming in & out of its ears. As this goes on, Humberto's daughter is practically dying. Ruben's vengeance is completing, but vengeance comes with a high price! Oh, yes!

What can I say? Venganza Diabolica (aka Diabolical Vengeance) is one weird ass movie. The whole feel to the movie is just odd. It feels cheap, yet sorta creepy in an uncomfortable way. The Black Magic lady made me uncomfortable. She reminds me of all those old mean mexican ladies I had to deal with as a child. Even now sorta. Makes me wonder if they themselves practice black magic. Special effects are typical 80's-90's cheesiness. Fog machines, half-lit rooms, etc. How they got a worm to come in & out of a doll head is beyond me though. I feel that took forever to film. Awkward, too. Juan Valentin is in the movie and yes he sings. Not a big song number though. Just a short singing scene at the party. I was very surprised by that since he sings in every single movie and takes up at least 15-20 minutes out of the movie with songs about hearts fluttering and then breaking (naturally). In this case though, there was no romance in the movie. Just pure hatred and darkness. one sex scene though.

A recommended watch on a Tuesday night. Why Tuesday? Cause its a boring day and a boring night so you gotta filled that boredom with Juan Valentin, Noe Murayama, black magic and dolls with worms inside it. 4/10.