Sunday, December 18, 2022

Preying Dogs.

What was supposed to be a fun Acapulco getaway for 2 families turns into an absolute nightmare when 5 escaped convicts invade a beach cabin where the families are staying at. These 5 escaped convicts are brutal murderers & sexual offenders and just before the cabin invasion, they killed a local man and brutally raped his wife & daughters who were just trying to aide them. The leading escaped convict Arnulfo chooses to go to the beach cabin because it is a place where his uncle had told him about and sure enough Arnulfo’s uncle is there alongside the 2 families staying as guests. When Arnulfo is revealed to be a cold-blooded murderer & sick pedophile—Arnulfo brutally kills his uncle and holds up everyone else hostage!

Los Fugitivos (Perros De Presa) (roughly translated as "Fugitives: Preying Dogs") is one mean as fuck movie. You’d think this is just going to be another action-crime thriller, but this one takes things much farther than the norm with its brutal violence & assaults caused by some of the sickest antagonists ever. The antagonists are played by Agustin Bernal, Omar Fierro and Salvador Pineda and these 3 in particular can be play good guys, but they can also play very bad guys as well. All 3 men play vile criminals who just want to get away from Acapulco, but also want to 'get off' as well which is why they immediately go after any woman they come across. Salvador Pineda plays Arnulfo and he is revealed to be a gay man, but also a pedophile as well. He forces one of the convicts into oral sex (a scene that isn’t shown, but clearly indicated) and when Arnulfo comes across the adolescent boy staying at the beach cabinhe caresses his face & hopes to have his way with him. It’s all so unsettling to see this.. 

With sick antagonists like these, only a really strong-headed protagonist can beat them and sure enough we got the strong-fatherly figure Fernando played by Andres Garcia who remains calm for the most part, but once he gets the chance to fight, he fights back really, really hard. Everyone else in the movie also try to fight back, but mostly try to survive & escape this carnage and it is all very intense to see! I also can’t forget to mention how awful the lawmen in this movie are because once they snatched up a couple of escapees & even killed somethey give up on searching for the remaining escaped convicts (the most brutal ones) & lie to Fernando by saying that there’s no danger in the area he’s staying at. Eesh.  

Los Fugitivos (Perros De Presa) was directed by Andres Garcia and this was his sole-credited directorial work and I must say he did a pretty swell job at it. He managed to direct, write, produce & star in such a fucked up & intense movie. I could only wonder why Andres didn’t make more movies during this time of his career because he truly proved he could do it all and so well, too. What more could he have brought upon after Perros De Presa?

Every minute of Los Fugitivos (Perros De Presa) is never wasted and will keep you in shock & intrigued all the way through. This one is rough stuff, so keep an open-mind & prepare to see some sick fucks doing fucked up shit to innocent people.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Women of the Streets.

Prostitution, AIDS spreading, hopeless romances, brutal criminals taking advantage of the poor, & people living on the streets. This movie directed by Lazaro Morales George has a lot going on and a lot of it is very rough stuff and it all feels so damn trashy, too. And you know what gives it a more trashy feeling? Its opening/closing credits song that consists of a Casio keyboard playing & a man singing about loving a prostitute. All obviously done in one crummy take. 

Martha (Andrea Aguirre) and her boyfriend (Raul Araiza) are approached by corrupt police captain Robles (Claudio Baez) after its found out that Martha's boyfriend had stolen & lost a truck belonging to Robles which contained a ton of cocaine. To repay for the lost drug shipment, Martha’s boyfriend robs people of their money and Martha becomes a waitress/shitty dancer at one of Robles' cabarets. Robles begins to get a hard-on for Martha and he wants her all to himself and so badly that he rids of her boyfriend by having him killed and even going as far as getting Martha’s parents killed so she is left all alone. Robles then takes in Martha and has her work as a prostitute alongside others he has. We are then introduced to prostitute "Rosita" (Rosario Escobar) who ends up falling in love with a regular customer of hers (Omar Fierro) and their relationship gets more serious as they spend more time together. When Robles takes notice of this, he gets the boyfriend killed and gets Rosita infected with AIDS. Rosita then leaves to another part of town to “die” and is taken in by various homeless guys whom genuinely take care of her with whatever little means they have. 

Mujeres De La Calle: Prostitucion y SIDA is one of the several titles that was part of a sort-of rumbera/prostitute movie revisal that happened during the late 1980’s & early 1990’s. The formula for these movies were rather simple & always the same: A woman works as a dancer, cabaret singer, or forced into prostitution & always becomes an object of desire for the leading male characters (2 of them to be exact) and many conflicts ensue of course. Mujeres De La Calle is a lot like its inspirations from the past (1940’s-1960’s), but clearly updated with the current troubles of the time—in particular the AIDS epidemic. The movie of course isn't always serious despite its heavy conflicts—it also tries to be funny at times and mostly when it comes to the prostitutes getting with customers. There’s one scene with a little person trying to get up in the bed while Martha awaits for him in amusement. Then there's also light-hearted moments and mostly with the blossoming romance between Rosita and Omar Fierro's character. Could it work out? Will it work out? Cleary not, but the little hope of it all is there.

Mujeres De La Calle was shot on location and clearly in an actual rough Mexican neighborhood with working-class people, prostitutes & homeless people. This all made the movie look & feel genuine and this of course alongside a wonderful cast playing their roles perfectly—In particular Gerardo Zepeda, whom plays the big-hearted homeless man. Now the best character/most realistic of Mujeres De La Calle is the main antagonist who’s played by Claudio Baez. Claudio Baez can play one mean ass dude and here he does it 100% well & does many fucked up things to prove it. Claudio had always got into his bad guy roles and what a natural he was at it! Jorge Ortin as well naturally plays an evil-motherfucker and one who takes pleasure in beating & killing people. He’s also in the peculiar “erotic” scenes of the movie, which makes it even more hilarious. At least to me that is. 

Mujeres De La Calle: Prostitucion y SIDA is neither an epic nor a bad movie, but it is quite enjoyable for what it is. It is a rude, cheap & trashy melodrama that can be enjoyed whenever. That opening credits song will haunt you though. Haunt you in cringe that is.