Saturday, November 19, 2022

T.A.M.B.O.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, is that watching too many action movies will make people do crazy things. In the case of Infancia Violenta, a young boy pretends he’s a vigilante with his police father’s gun after watching various action movies so many damn times. In the case of Tambo, he’s able to traveling dimensions or some shit & gain drunken martial arts-like abilities to fight off a bunch of sleazy cult members. Crazy, huh? Cool, huh? 

At a gym for ladies, a gorgeous young woman (Socorro Albarran) & her gorgeous friends are kidnapped by a cobra-devil worshipping cult who demand a ransom of $3 million dollars for their safe return. The quirky janitor of the gym “Tambo” (Charly Valentino) becomes the unexpected hero of all this when he gains powers from a book called “Occult Dimensions” which grants him portal dimensional-traveling & strong abilities in the martial-arts. Tambo decides to save the girls with his newly granted powers & a samurai sword. He is now in the same vein as “Cobra” and “Rambo”—his idols. 


Tambo is an odd movie and I don’t just say this because it’s a comedy movie, but because this movie feels like you’re really drunk. The movie goes in various directions that either kind of make sense or make no sense at all. You know how when drunk people try to describe you a movie or tv show they can’t seem to recall the title of? That’s what Tambo is basically like. A drunken description of over the top/ridiculous comedic moments & action sequences. As ridiculous as this sounds, Tambo is a rather charming movie. Its aesthetic & peculiar story are all intriguing to see. 


Charly Valentino (RIP!) was one of the most popular Mexican comedic actors in the 80’s-90’s and I have never seen him in a serious role and he never had to be serious either because Charly was just a funny guy in general and this movie as ridiculous as it is, Charly made it fun as hell to watch. And not only did Charly make the movie fun with him writing it & starring as the titular character, but everyone else involved in the production clearly just had fun making this. They were not trying to be serious here at all and just wanted to make something completely off the wall & funny. 


Tambo is a weird movie and I really like it for that. It is a movie clearly not meant to be taken serious nor something to over-analyze because none of that shit matters here. It’s just a fun & weird movie and nothing more. 










































Monday, October 31, 2022

Trash-Mex Screening of Cementerio Del Terror (1985) at The Frida Cinema on Friday November 11th!

The Frida Cinema gave Trash-Mex so much love when we screened Ladrones De Tumbas back on September 2nd alongside Michael Aguirre of See It On 16mm. The Frida Cinema of course invited us back for yet another epic screening and this time around we are proud to present the slasher/zombie epic Cementerio Del Terror (1985)! This movie is eye-captivating. This movie is not to be overlooked nor thought of as just another slasher/zombie film. Oh no, this is a unique one. An experience, really. Do not miss it, folks! 

Come see it on Friday, November 11th at 8:00 PM. From 6-8 PM, we will have a DJ set from none other than La Cosecha Internacional and he will of course be spinning the finest Mexican music on vinyl. A true mood setter! And just right before the movie begins, you will be treated to yet another Trashy Mexican Movie Trailer reel. The trailer reel from September was so good, it had everyone in the audience in awe. It was a remarkable experience and it will be much longer this time around with some awesome & trashy Mexican titles awaiting to be seen again! 

Please get your tickets asap and don't miss out in yet another grand Trash-Mex screening at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA! We are bringing Mexican genre movies back to Santa Ana! 

Purchase Tickets Here: https://thefridacinema.org/film/cementerio-del-terror-aka-cemetery-of-terror-1985/






Sunday, October 30, 2022

Cult of Death.

During the 1980’s, Mexican drug trafficking had officially become a threat to the country and to its neighboring countries as well. What was being ignored for decades, was now all over the news & what used to be a “sophisticated” criminal network, now became a cesspool of greed, all-around betrayals & tons of carnage. It all of course got much worse with time. Even more so now. In Matamoros, Tamaulipas, a drug trafficker named Adolfo Constanzo had lead a drug trafficking gang which had ties to the Gulf Cartel and Adolfo was not just another shmuck trafficking drugs & killing “enemies”, he was also considered a “witch doctor”. He practiced Palo Mayombe and this lead to killing animals and people, which were enemies of fellow drug lords & innocent people from the surrounding areas. This was all done due to the fact that Adolfo & his “followers” believed sacrifices of living beings lead to “good luck” for them. After killing an American college student for a sacrifice, Adolfo and his gang went on the run and this all lead to their demises and arrests. What sounded like something out of a fucked up movie, was actually all true. 


Now there are have been movie portrayals of the so-called “Narco Satanicos” and the titles that come to mind are “Narcosatanicos Diaoblicos”, a sex comedy by Frontera Films which has Roberto Ballesteros portraying a sort-of Adolfo Constanzo type of character. Then there’s “Masacre En Matamoros: Secta Satanica”, an ultra-cheapie SOV portrayal from director Xorge Noble & producer Jorge Gomez, and the most “well-known” that was somewhat inspired by this madness is “Perdita Durango”. Now there is another movie portrayal that could've came close to the real thing, but sadly it was just rushed & felt empty. That movie is “La Secta De La Muerte” (aka "The Cult Of Death")



After taking off to Mexico from Florida, a young man named Fidel (Sebastian Ligarde) meets with a Nicaraguan immigrant and both men turn to a life of crime, but with a twist. What is the “twist”? Well, Fidel practices black magic and he believes it will give him & others the powers they need to do well in their criminal activities. As their criminal gang/following grows, it also comes with much heavier consequences and lots of innocent people dying along the way!



La Secta De La Muerte was produced & written by Ismael Rodriguez Jr and he was no stranger in making gritty movies since he did write, produce & direct the ultra-gritty gang flicks Olor A Muerte and Pandilleros, then years beforehand he made the notorious true crime flick "Masacre En El Rio Tula". You’d think he would have handled a Narco Satanico movie portrayal in the same vein—alas, it is a portrayal that offers some brutality & shocking scenes, but overall it falls flat and also feels very rushed. Ismael Rodriguez Jr didn’t direct La Secta De La Muerte and that I feel is an aspect as to why the movie is inferior in quality. Had maybe Ismael rook the director chair instead of Roman Hernandez, it could've been much more gruesome & gritty. Still though, I blame both Ismael & Roman for this rushed & inferior production.


With a title like La Secta De La Muerte, you’d expect to see plenty of black magic shit going & sacrifices; but sadly we are left with mostly a true crime story and some black magic stuff, but not what you'd expect. At least the newborn baby sacrifice scene was a shocker/intense of sorts. Now I can’t put down La Secta De La Muerte so much because it does at least have a good cast and leading man Sebastian Ligarde does portray the Adolfo Constanza-inspired character "Fidel" fairly well. The movie also tries to be close to the real story, such as “Fidel” being a Cuban-American from Florida and learning black magic from his mother as the real Adolfo did. The movie's ending is also reminiscent of what really happened to Adolfo and his partner and it’s actually a really great scene, too. Worthy for a clap or two.


La Secta De La Muerte is a movie that you'll either kind of like or not like at all. For me, it's a movie that I can watch if I’m really bored, but still feel & see the emptiness it has. It had potential at being something so vile & so intriguing, but it didn't quite turn out that way. Oh, well!