Friday, April 21, 2023

The Last Cannibal.

Police detective Sergio (Sergio Goyri) and his wife Cynthia (Cynthia Torach) are a married couple on the rocks. Cynthia feels neglected by Sergio because he spends most of his time at work investigating hard cases & hardly ever being home. Sergio’s partner at work Ramirez (Andres Garcia Jr) is also having marital problems and it’s gotten so bad that his wife ends up leaving him to go stay at a spiritual haven that promises "relaxation" & "peace". The haven is owned by an anthropologist named Abraham (Gerardo Albarran) who’s very charismatic & intelligent. “Spiritual” as well. As it turns out, this spiritual haven of Abraham’s is actually a deadly setup to bring in victims for the cannibals that he has brought from the amazons to eat up and for him to eat up as well since he too is a cannibal—a nasty habit he picked up when he was lost in the amazons many years ago. When Sergio’s wife gets the courage to leave him for good, she ends up in the clutches of Abraham & his cannibals!

From directors Alejandro Todd & Enrique MurilloEl Ultimo Canibal (or “Canibal” as it's titled in the opening credits) is an oddity from 2003 that is quite impressive. Now don’t get me wrong, the movie is low-budget & cheap and can be quite incoherent at times, but it is still very intriguing & the cannibal action is very amusing to see. The native cannibals in the movie look like something out of the amazons for sure (or rather like the cinematic versions of the past) and there's plenty of gore & splatter to keep your eyes open—lots of munching on fake body parts & all. Gerardo Albarran can either be a good guy or a bad guy in a movie, but he’s definitely a better bad guy for sure and in El Ultimo Canibal he plays one bad motherfucker named Abraham who just happens to take a liking for human flesh & also brutally sexually assaults his female victims as well. There’s also some scenes with Abraham stabbing dudes in the streets and stealing their wallets. Why he was doing that is weirdly explained near the end of the movie, but I honestly feel these scenes were actually from an unfinished movie from one of its 2 directors. Why was there even 2 directors for this 1 cannibal movie? Definitely sounds like the case of an unfinished movie being completed by one another.

El Ultimo Canibal is no Cannibal Holocaust, no Cannibal Ferox or any other of those type of movies, so please don’t compare. Just let El Ultimo Canibal be its own kind of cannibal movie and surely you will enjoy the fuck out of it because it is an intriguing oddity to watch. 

Oh, and why is the movie called “El Ultimo Canibal”? There’s a line at the end of the movie where Sergio Goyri’s character says:This world is full of crazies. We catch some now and then far more dangerous ones come out the next day—Rapists, kidnappers, killers. I think we’re way far behind on catching the last cannibal.” The way he says the final lines is truly remarkable. Cheesy as hell, too. 

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Welcome to "Festival De Trash-Mex". 3 Double Feature screenings at The Frida Cinema on May 19th, 20th, 21st!

 Trash-Mex is back at The Frida Cinema with not 1, but 6 movie screenings on May 19th, May 20th & 21st! 

This weekend of double features is dubbed “Festival De Trash-Mex”. This is a curation of Mexican-Spanish genre films like no other. Do not miss seeing the films that amazed & shocked audiences in the USA & Mexico back in the 1970’s & 1980’s!

Poster Designed by Future Shock

And also, come see The Frida Cinema lobby walls filled with original Mexican film posters & lobby cards from the Trash-Mex/Hernández collection. (Featured only for this entire weekend) 

May 19th: 

Youth gone wild! Youth possessed by demonic entity! 

Dimensiones Ocultas (Don’t Panic) (1987) & Navajeros (Dulces Navajas) (1980) + DJ set by Rendezvous & Severin Films pop-up shop.

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May 20th: 

Luchadores & monsters galore!

Santo y Mantequilla Nápoles En La Venganza De La Llorona (1974) & Santo y Blue Demon Vs. Dracula y El Hombre Lobo (1973) + special guest speaker Dr. David Wilt (film lecturer & El Santo expert)

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May 21st: 

The final night with a Mexican cinema villain & hero! + DJ set by La Cosecha Internacional

Theatrical premiere of the newly-restoration of El Violador Infernal (1988)

This gritty Mexican horror-exploitation title is not to be missed! 

Secret Mario Almada Title (19??)  

We’ll keep you guessing on what title it could be till the night of the screening! All we can say for now is that this movie is chockfull of action & one of Mario Almada’s most iconic roles! 

May 19th & May 21st screenings will feature Trashy Mexican Movie Trailers before the features begin! And still more stuff to be revealed later! For now, head on over to to pre-order your tickets before they sell out!