Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Top 10 Blogo Trasho Movies of 2019, Chido Chido Chido, Trampa Infernal in Austin, Fruto Robado, Last Post of the Year. See Ya Next Year.

2019 was quite the year. I worked so much since my new job position had me running in circles and for so many hours & days. With the money I made working all these long hours & days, I was able to travel & do many fun things by myself and with friends as well. I had good times and some crazy ass times as well. One crazy ass time being something out of a cheap & raunchy movie starring Alfonso Zayas. Let’s just say it involved lots of alcohol, an illegal substance and a girl whom just had an illicit affair with a girl friend of hers and then did me. Maybe one day I’ll make it into a movie. Maybe. For now though, the story will be shared amongst friends & acquaintances during drunken nights.

 Aside from the craziness and fun days out & about, I was blessed to talk & even meet with people in the Mexican movie industry. I interviewed director Leopoldo Laborde in the beginning of the year and that was pretty damn cool. He gave insightful & detailed info of his career and the industry itself. I thank him again for this opportunity. Then came some other individuals in the industry that I will share on here in the coming year and I am beyond happy how this will turn out. Again, it’s awesome to get closer & learn from these people who have made these movies that I have obsessed over for 10 years now. Eesh.

 During the summer, I met Luis De Alba! Juan Camaney! I attended his comedy show in a city near me and it was the coolest thing ever. Luis De Alba put on a great, hilarious show playing his famous personas. After the show, he had a meet & greet and once my turn came about (I was one of the last people to meet him) it was the most surreal & epic thing ever. Here he was in the flesh, shaking my hand and he got so happy to see the tapes I brought for him to sign. He got so happy to see the copy of Son Tus Perjumenes Mujer because that was his first leading role. He then talked to me for a moment about his career and how he once had a lot of his movies stored in a large van, but the van was sadly stolen and never retrieved. He was so shocked to see a copy of El Lambiscon Verde and said he didn’t even own a copy of this movie ever. The VHS copy of Juan Camaney De La Mafia also made him laugh. It was a great moment meeting Luis De Alba. A day never to forget!
Luis De Alba with my copy of El Lambiscon Verde.

Luis De Alba reminiscing.

 In August, I saw Juan Valentin perform in a restaurant in Montebello, CA and had a chance to meet him as well! It was very briefly, but still great. He signed my VHS copy of Funerales De Terror and my Intrepidos Punks lobby card. He was surprised to see both items and simply said “hijole” each time. He then got surrounded by crazy lady fans telling him they can die happy now that they have met him. It was crazy to hear that, but very humorous.

 When it came to movies, of course there was never a dull moment with that! I watched & bought so many good movies this year. I even saw some great stuff on the big screen! In July, I attended a AGFA screening of Ruben Galindo Jr’s Don’t Panic at the Billy Wilder Theater In LA. It wasn’t my first time seeing Don't Panic on the big screening since I had seen it before at Cinefamily many years ago, but it was nice to see it again and with a much bigger audience & at an important theater as well.

 When Fantastic Fest announced their theme as being Mexican, I was stoked and excited to hear they were going to screen some classic Mexican genre titles on the big screen! I then packed my bags & headed to Austin, TX and was lucky to see La Nave De Los Monstruos with my good friend James Milam. Along the way, I met with my good friend Grant & Zack Carlson and hung out and ate some awesome food out there. Then on my final night in Austin I saw Trampa Infernal. “Trampa Infernal on the big screen? Really?” I thought to myself. I basically did what my parents did long ago at the Pomona Fox Theater when they were barely dating. This was one of the Mexican movies they told me they saw together back in the day. Weird, Huh? Cool though for sure. After Trampa Infernal, I met some awesome people! I met Eric Ortiz Garcia of Cinema Inferno and he introduced me to head programmer of Morbido: Abraham Castillo Flores whom by the way gave an amazing presentation on the Mexican Horror genre at Fantastic Fest. It was super informative & fun. Then suddenly I met director Gigi Saul Guerrero that very same night and she was so down to earth and I was proud to meet her since she’s doing some amazing things in her career. All this awesomeness during a weekend in Austin. Damn. I also cannot forget to mention that during the pre-shows at FF, some of my Trashy Trailer uploads were shown on the big screen! It was hilarious & awesome to see them up on the big screen. Sergio Goyri made it to Fantastic Fest that way. Sorta.
Abraham Castillo Flores and myself.

 I had wanted to write more reviews and articles, but as you can see, I had a lot going on outside the blog and eventually my computer was also in decline so it really was hard at times to come up with a post this way. I did happily get a new computer for my birthday and it’s gonna be the best thing ever for the blog and its future. Blogo Trasho will be no more in the coming year (at an unannounced time), as I will be changing the title of the blog to simply “Trash-Mex”. It’s something I have been debating on doing, but with the new decade coming and other amazing things coming, it’s time for a change & a fun name to really catch on. For those who have kept with this ridiculous little blog called Blogo Trasho, I thank you so much for keeping up with it. Next year will be amazing and have so much more Trashy Mexican content to share. Promise. Oof.

 With all that and said, here are the Top 10 Blogo Trasho Movies of 2019. I picked these 10 and 3 honorable mentions because these are the movies that I found so intriguing and even others took an interest in as well.

10. El Diario Intimo De Una Cabaretera (1989)
A super dramatic movie infused with so much sleaziness & a great cast. Angelica Chain is so good in it. Vamos A La Playa will never be the same.

9. La Perra De La Frontera (1993)
 When I spoke to the producer of La Perra De La Frontera, it was the most hilarious thing ever. He basically gave me all the dirt on the making of the movie and it just made the movie more interesting to me. This peculiar videohome shot in LA is awaiting its audience. I hope one day I meet someone else who enjoys this movie as I do. Eventually get more people into it as well.

8. El Descuartizador (1991)
 Jorge Reynoso goes insane, kills his family, escapes a mental facility and proceeds on wanting to become his doctor whom he thinks is the most smartest person ever. Yeah, this was a fun watch. It was also fun watching Jorge Reynoso in a skin mask. It was also funny that the late Edith Gonzalez shared my VHS cover of the movie on her instagram and called it “one of the worst movies I’ve ever been in”.

7. Rescate Mortal (1989)
Jon Michael Bischof has the best summer ever. Jorge Reynoso plays the son of Che Guevara. I think.

6. Lencha La Taxista (1990)
Lencha saved me from having a broken heart over a girl who I think is super fucking lame now. Thank you Lencha. Also, Roma isn't such a bad movie after all, but I still fuck with Lencha La Taxista much more heavily.

5. Vacaciones Sangrientas (1986)
A Mexican slasher I’m happy I was able to acquire & write about. A first for sure.

4. Las Fabulosas Del Reventon (1982)
One of the funniest movies I’ve seen all year. I laughed so hard watching this movie cause of its raunchy jokes & stupid jokes. I also became obsessed with La Sonora Santanera because of this movie. La Boa forever.

3. Ultraje (1977)
 Ultraje is a movie I could not get out of my head after watching it and have recommended it to many people. This proto-slasher/rape revenge movie is a must see to believe. It’s so twisted & fun as hell.

2. El Despertar Del Sexo (198?)
I never knew this even existed until my compadre Juan showed me the poster he owned of it. He told me it was a porn film but a porn film with an interesting story. Later on I discovered this was one of the 3 porn films made by Angel Rodriguez Vazquez. It seems Mr. Vazquez is the one & only Mexican filmmaker to make legit porn films on 35MM. He made a couple more around the same time (the time is estimated being the mid-80’s) and they were never to be seen again until they made it to home Video in the states during the 1990’s.

Juan showing me the video store poster of El Despertar Del Sexo.
1. Discotec Fin De Semana (1979)
Of course I picked Discotec Fin De Semana as number 1 because this movie is such a hidden gem and I cannot believe it’s so neglected. The movie may be simple, but it’s so much fun and has such an appealing aesthetic of that era and it’s setting. It’s like opening an old photo album and seeing your older relatives in their younger days having fun & looking so rad. Do watch Discotec Fin De Semana. Please.

 3 Honorable Mentions (in no order) 
A movie filled with surprises. A Star was born in it as well. 

 Alberto Rojas El Caballo out did himself playing Bill Clinton in this ridiculous parody of the biggest presidential scandal ever. Roberta d’Nero also outdid herself and made me very happy on the inside with that amazing face & chest. Just saying. 

As I get older, I finally understand all these old drunken uncle songs & the emotions that goes with them. The movie is also really good. 

 With all that and said. 2020 and beyond will be awesome. What surprises will be in stored? Let’s hope some good surprises and good people to come along with them. For now though, I’ll be working hard and flirting with your girlfriend. Maybe she’ll become my girlfriend, but I’ll let destiny decide on that first. This song by La Sonora Santanera sets an example of that.

- raculfright_13 (Armando H.)

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart.

Last Christmas I gave my heart to a girl that had a boyfriend. It didn’t matter to me that she belonged to someone else because we had fun in this affair we’ve had going, but then she ended up giving my heart away to him (after all) and that really fucking sucked. This year, to save me from crying like a little wuss, I decided to give my heart to someone special, then this someone special turned into 2 special someone’s since another girl came along. Yet again, I wasn’t alone this holiday season and to make my holiday even sweeter, I was blessed earlier this year with a Blu-Ray copy of Rene Cardona’s Santa Claus via the right holders. I finally watched it with special someone #2 and it really surprised the fuck out of me. I don’t think special someone #2 even paid attention to the movie, but that’s okay. I just wanted company from someone else’s girlfriend yet again. Wham! would be proud.

 In a floating castle in the North Pole, Santa Claus (Jose Elias Moreno) prepares for Christmas. He gathers up some children from the world and they all sing a song from their country. Santa also reads letters from kids and separates the ones from the good kids and the bad kids. He also has a special spot for kids asking for siblings. This year (1959), the devil sends one of minions to ruin Christmas by causing mischief to a couple of kids in Mexico and even sets up quirky traps for the jolly fat man in red. Santa of course isn’t gonna let anyone or anything get in the way of him giving all the kids in the world what they’ve asked for Christmas!

 It has been called one of the worst movies ever made by a dumb TV show and butchered up by K. Gordon Murray and often (and confusingly) given credit as the maker of the movie. The movie has been widely-criticized for sure, but when you watch Rene Cardona’s Santa Claus and really give it a chance, you will see that it’s actually not a bad movie at all. Santa Claus is a children’s fantasy movie with aesthetically appealing special effects & sounds. Obviously not realtisic looking or trying to be so serious; but that’s the whole point of it at all. It is a fantasy children’s movie about Santa Claus & the overall Christmas holiday. Why criticize this movie so badly when other older Christmas movies are just like this?

 As I mentioned beforehand, the movie has some very aesthetically appealing special effects & sounds. Santa Claus’ castle looks so fun to be inside since it’s so big, colorful & full of various crazy, wacky looking gadgets. The giant mechanical eyeball the sees all is a popular one and it’s definitely eye appealing for sure (stupid pun intended). The eyeball is also attached to a speaker of sorts and all sound comes through a giant pair of rubber lips. Amazing, huh? My favorite scene of the movie is when the little Mexican girl Lupita is having a twisted dream about what she really wants for Christmas: A doll. Lupita is in the center of a giant room where living dolls appear around her and dance. It’s a little creepy scene honestly, but so cool at the same time. Now the most memorable part of the movie is of course the devil’s minion. What is considered a bad costume isn’t very bad at all. It’s wacky looking for sure, but you have to admire the work put into this devil costume. It is an all red outfit and face painted red with plastic horns & large ears added. A great wacky costume for sure. A bit creepy too, but that’s the point as well.

My only criticism of the movie is how uneven it is. The movie seems to want to mainly focus on a couple of kids in dire need of something they need in their life, but the movie seems to forget them at times and focuses on Santa preparing for the holiday. Once we focus on the kids again, we have to remember why they matter so much to begin with, but do we want to care & remember though? Up to you. Me personally, I didn’t give a fudge. I just wanted to see more of Santa Claus in Christmas action.

 Rene Cardona & Guillermo Calderon made a colorful/wacky fantasy Christmas movie that will forever be treasured by cult film enthusiasts. While to some it’s a shit for brains movie, for me and others it’s just another weird old movie that’s visually appealing and a must watch during the holiday season. Give it a chance. Bring the kids, too. Don’t listen to talking robots or a blowhard with a podcast saying Santa Claus is shit, because it’s really not. It is an eye-catching movie for sure. A must see to believe.