Thursday, May 6, 2021

Death Delirium.

I think about my past relationships from time to time and while there are fond memories that I’ll never forget, there are also memories that I wish I could forget. I remember walking with my ex-girlfriend around The Grove as Luis Miguel‘s "La Gloria Eres Tu" played loudly in the speakers of this fancy outdoor shopping mall. Over-priced shopping bags on one hand, the other hand holding the softest hands belonging to a beautiful girl I was lucky to call my own. What glorious days those were, or so I thought. Once that guitar stops playing in La Gloria Eres Tu, the constant accusations of cheating came along, jealousy for slightly acknowledging another girl, mass-blocking/unblocking on social media, threats of suicide & murder and even cursing with witchcraft. I was in love with a tóxica as they say. Sheesh. 

In Delirio De Muerte (also under the title "Delirio Mortal"), charismatic guy named Carlos (Miguel Angel Rodriguez) is dating a wealthy stage performer by the name of Lucia (Maribel Palmer) and while she’s incredibly gorgeous & adoring; she is also very jealous, obsessive, controlling & suicidal. Carlos feels trapped in the relationship and tries to break things off with Lucia despite her pleading & threats of suicide. She tries to commit suicide twice and the second time is where Carlos ultimately leaves her for good and goes to be with a woman named Alma (Maribel Palmer) who just happens to look like Lucia. Lucia in denial of everything; tells everyone she’s to be married with Carlos and when the "wedding" day comes, he of course does not show up and leaves a note confirming their relationship is very much over. Lucia is devastated and is now wanting to die more than ever. 

12 years later, Carlos & Alma are happily married with 2 kids and just when things seem all fine & dandy, someone or something is stalking them and perhaps even haunting them! Alma is also told by various people that they’ve seen her earlier in the day & spoken with her, but it wasn’t Alma at all, but perhaps her look-a-like Lucia. It seems Lucia is coming after Carlos & Alma and she is going at all costs to be Carlos’ one true love once & for all!

Delirio De Muerte ("Death Delirium") is a peculiar but an intriguing thriller that gives plenty of chuckles & suspense. Lucia is so crazy and cringe that you can’t help but remember those toxic ex’s you had the unfortunate time to deal with. However though, Lucia takes it much farther than manipulation & threats of suicide; she also just happens to dabble in witchcraft alongside her old creepy grandmother. Her grandmother helps her a lot to achieve what she wants even at the cost of people’s lives. When Lucia wants a girl that’s flirting with Carlos “gone”, her grandmother immediately curses the girl to die. And while I wont spoil the ending, let’s just say grandma once again helps achieve Lucia’s plan on being with Carlos once & for all. Such devotion. Such madness. Such ugliness. Such toxicity. Ugh. 

The movie dabbles in the occult, but don’t expect so much of it to the point where you’re gonna label it a horror movie because it really isn’t. This is purely a thriller where you have to picture Lucia pretending to be Alma because we don’t actually see any of that happen but only hear about it. I enjoy that a lot since it’s such a reminder of how older movies & tv shows like One Step Beyond and The Twilight Zone would be. It’s the things you don’t necessarily see but hear about that are truly frightening. I mean, wouldn’t you be creeped out if someone said they saw your wife out late at night starring away outside the window when she was actually right beside you?

Maribel Palmer plays the dual role in Delirio De Muerte and she’s excellent as always. Incredibly gorgeous too of course. Anything starring her I’ll watch and I’m never left disappointed since she is a really good actress and always gets deep into her roles. Here she plays a crazy woman in love and another who’s so calm & sweet and actually in love. How dreamy. Miguel Angel Rodríguez plays Carlos and he’s such a great actor per usual and here he plays an average dude who’s just trying to live a good life but troubled by a toxic woman. It’s funny to see Miguel play an actual normal person for once considering he’s always playing a cop out for revenge or a mean drug dealer, but here he’s just a normal guy. He gets into a couple of fights in the movie, but it’s an obvious add-in for a little action. Not too shabby I guess. 

Delirio De Muerte is a fun movie for sure. It has a great, thrilling & mysterious story that’ll keep you entertained for the entire duration since it never gets dull nor uninteresting. Maribel Palmer is so great in it as I've mentioned before and this movie is one of her best for sure. So go on now, find a DVD copy of it and watch it with your favorite tóxica who’s blocked your Instagram for the 56th time and is jealous of your sister.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Xorge Noble's Drug War.

Xorge Noble told us the immoralities of illicit drug use in Cocaina: Vicio Mortal and now he brings us a new story of where & how the drugs come about. Drug pushing is brutal & many lives are taking away because of it. Much corruption & bloodshed arise in El Cartel De La Droga ("Drug Cartel").

An important meeting of drug bosses takes place where they discuss that their country (which is never named, but assumed to be South American) is declaring war on them after much pressure from other nations that are being affected by the cocaine that is swarming into their territories. The drug cartel bosses feel betrayed by their own country that has always cooperated with them, but with the sudden change of circumstances; they’re ready to fight them. It begins with the kidnapping & brutal torture of one drug lord and then the nation’s president’s daughter is kidnapped, raped & dismembered. Afterwards, it is back & forth gun battles & torture between the military & drug traffickers. All this happens while the cocaine is still being smuggled & provided by those asking for it!

El Cartel De La Droga is one of Xorge Noble’s best movies since it goes to great lengths to tell a drug war story and with whatever resources that its low budget could provide. El Cartel De La Droga is indeed an example of how anyone and with any budget can make a great movie. With a little bit of imagination and a great cast; Xorge managed to take us to a fictional country with so much corruption & crime and he even somehow pulled off having an LA nightclub turn into a presidential residence (somewhat). What’s even more intriguing is how much brutality & drug trafficking craziness the movie has! We are treated to some nice scenes of brutal-bloody torture, gun-firing action and scenes of the crazy lengths that drug traffickers go through in order to provide cocaine for the many people that demand it. One scene has producer/actor Jorge Gomez & producer/actress Yamila putting cocaine into latex condoms and another scene features Yamila getting an all-female dance group to wear fake bloody pads stuffed with cocaine inside them so they can smuggle it to its destination. It’s completely bonkers, but reality as well.

It’s fairly obvious that El Cartel De La Droga was super low-budget, but despite the short in cash; Xorge & his producers still managed to gather up an excellent cast of unknown actors and a couple of big names which are Maritza Olivares and the famous David Reynoso. David appears in only a few scenes, but regardless of that, he still pulls off playing a great President of a corrupt country trying to be good. His facial expressions & general demeanor are always believable. Maritza also appears in just a few scenes, but her scenes with her getting tortured are believable & sickening. The rest of the cast just seem believable since they have the look of drug traffickers & general scum. Xorge truly lucked out here.

El Cartel De La Droga is a grand ol’ time overall. It’s a brutal & simple movie all about drug trafficking & the bloodshed behind it which not only involves criminals, but political affiliates as well. If you enjoy Xorge’s other movies, then this one will be just as enjoyable and perhaps more so. Don’t skip it. Don’t hesitate. Just take a hit of this cocaine-induced madness and enjoy!

watch the movie for free via producer Jorge Gomez's YouTube Channel (trimmed to fit with youtube's standards)