Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy (1963)

(1963 Azteca Pictures)
Director: Rene Cardona
Starring: Lorena Velázquez, Armando Silvestre, Elizabeth Campbell, María Eugenia San Martín, Chucho Salinas, Ramón Bugarini

For those of you staring in disbelief at the title....yes, this is an actual film.....

...and, with a title like that (I'll admit that it does sound like something you'd find these days on late-night Cinemax) it's bound to be goofy. One of the infamous Mexican imports that savvy exploitation producer K.Gordon Murray purchased the rights to, dubbed into English and unleashed upon unsuspecting viewers in the mid-1960s, The Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy is an odd mismatch to very popular Mexi-genres; the luchadore and horror film.

The Plot: When the very "Fu Manchu-esque" villain The Black Dragon begins kidnapping and killing Mexican scientists in his insane quest to obtain a lost Aztec treasure (isn't every frigging one of these flicks about the search for Aztec gold?), the nephew of one of the researchers, Mike (Armando Silvestre) decides to investigate. And, as coincidence would have it, assisting the young man are his girlfriend and her friend, who just happens to be the "wrestling women" of the title. After several fumbling attempts by the Black Dragon to halt their research into the me, he's no Lex Luthor....the plot finally ends up with everyone on the trail of the above mentioned bountiful amount of gold located conveniently at the local spooky ol' Aztec pyramid.

In the midst of all this mess that someone thought was a good idea to call a "plot", there's several sequences of stock wrestling footage, the most hilarious of which involve the Wrasslin' Gals against the Dragon's deadly female judo masters. Even the most die-hard fan of the luchadore genre will find it hard to stifle a chuckle....

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