Saturday, July 14, 2018

Miguel Marte's Violent Deaths.

Let’s face it, folks. We’re all going to die someday. Hopefully in very much old age & in natural causes, not violently and under strange circumstances. In 1990, awesome filmmaker Miguel Marte seems to have thought about death and how it happens under awful & unusual ways. So then, he shot 3 stories for an anthology movie entitled Muertes Violentas (aka "Violent Deaths").

In the first Muerte Violenta, Manuel Flaco Ibáñez plays a criminal who’s just chilling in bed with a hooker and proposing his love for her. He also tells her a story about how he “had to” kill a close friend of his. All of a sudden the cops come to his house to arrest him, but he doesn’t let himself go. He fights! He fires his guns at the cops and has the girl with him unwillingly join in on the fight as well. Just when you think the battle is over, Manuel Flaco Ibáñez is in for a twisting surprise at the end!

This first Muerte Violenta was an interesting start. It’s just a typical crime/action film with a twist ending that was sort of unexpected and cheesy. It’s always interesting to see Manuel Flaco Ibáñez play serious roles since he’s actually a really good actor and not just in the comedic roles that he is mostly been in.

It’s always nice spending time with your dad. Especially if you’re pulling one of the weirdest pranks ever with him. Noe Murayama and his son are chilling in a van waiting for the son’s girlfriend so they can fake kidnap her and take her to a remote cabin in the woods for a nice little getaway. The getaway begins to get weird and then weirder and ultimately the girl ends up dead and chopped into pieces in the fireplace as it burns. Cute.

This one was super weird. Not just because the dad is a lowkey creep over his son’s girlfriend, but because of the turnout of all that happens in the 2nd Muerte Violenta. It begins with a weird prank, then when they’re all at the cabin, they all get along and have strange intentions for this fake kidnapping. The father & son also play Russian Roulette to see who’ll win the girl. This was the girl’s idea by the way. Still, as weird as this story was, I really liked it. Some good ol’ crazy father/son activities featuring a crazy girl.

 The last story is about some South American mercenaries resting at an abandoned temple that turns out to be haunted by an unseen entity! The unseen entity possesses one of the mercenary men and goes on a little killing spree.

They saved the best Muerte Violenta for last and I loved it! The makeup effects for the possessed mercenary is cheesy goodness and he even has live snakes coming out of his mouth. Snakes appear when someone dies a bloody death as well. Not sure why, but these slithering creatures sure added an extra nice splatter. Amazing.

Muertes Violentas is a fun anthology flick. An anthology flick made by Miguel Marte at that. I love Miguel Marte movies and this one has instantly become a favorite. Why I had this tape in my closet for so long without viewing it for almost a year is beyond me, but I’m glad I gave it a watch finally. Muertes Violentas will not be ignored no more! I highly recommend it. 7/10. 

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