Monday, July 16, 2007

Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964)

Another slice of goofy Mexican wrestling madness from Rene Cardona, director of Doctor of Doom and Night of the Bloody Apes. This delivers exactly what its wonderfully reductive title promises -- there are wrestling women, and there's an Aztec mummy. They don't meet up until the last twenty minutes of the movie, but there's plenty of silliness to be had even before it comes time for the bug-eyed rotten beastie to lumber around and occasionally turn into The World's Phoniest Bat(TM). There's plenty of wrestling action and gloriously goofy dubbed dialogue and evil Oriental guys in black sunglasses. Above all, there's Tommy, the squat police officer/paramour of the Amazonian Golden Rubi and one of the returning characters from Doctor of Doom. If he was my favorite thing about the previous film, unflappably incompetent as he was, his turn in Aztec Mummy is my favorite thing in any Mexican wrestling movie -- his persona has spun so far into cluelessness that he's a walking game of Exquisite Corpse. The conversation where he tries to convince the rest of the gang that there might be a bomb in a sombrero is one for the ages. Charming and innocent as can be, these movies are just too much fun.

Grade: B


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