One of my favourite movies of all time, a trash cinema
Masterpiece by the great René Cardona Sr. In this the great
wrestling duo of Loreta Venus (Lorena Velazquez) and The Golden Rubi
(Elizabeth Campbell) takes on chinese
supervillain Black Dragon and his gang, his judo wrestlers Lien and
Tzu and finally but not the least, the magnificent
and reanimated aztec mummy Tezomoc with the ability of turning himself
into a bat.
Great locations in the pyramids outside of México City and some
nice documentary (?) footage of aztec rites makes
this A Classic in Psychotronic Film History. And, Mexican
Mummies just look the GREATEST (see below)
I first saw this film a quarter of a century ago on
a US VHS and then on the blurry Something Weird Video DVD,
and this time i watched the VCI Entertainment DVD from 2014 with spanish
speaking WITHOUT subtitles.
So, i didn't get the details regarding the story in the film as my spanish
understanding unfortunately is quite bad.
But, there's a chinese villain and his banda, The Black Dragon Gang
who's killing off archaeologists in the intro.
a mexican chinese bad guy
There's a lot of wrestling scenes where the obviously
shorter and stockier body doubles for our tall beauties Loreta
and Rubi wears wigs and do the real wrestling, and then some quick cuts
to the more beautiful ones.
Velazquez and Campbell sometimes do some wrestling manouvres themself
though, and maybe Campbell more so
as the lovely Gringa really do look strong. Elizabeth Campbell - the
definition of an Cult actress, gorgeous and Lost.
No one seems to know what happened to her after her mexican film career
during the 1960's. Where is she now ?
The Crime Fighting Quartet of the first film is re-united in this film,
Loreta, Rubi, police captain Armando (Armando
Silvestre who plays himself) and his supposedly funny assistant Chucho
(Chucho Salinas dito himself)
The Crime Fighting Four
Black Dragon kidnaps Chela (Maria Eugenia San Martin,
also in Las Lobas del Ring 1964) the daughter of yet another
archaelogist Dr. Trelles, a mysterious man who
knows something about the hidden tomb of aztec princess Xochitl.
Well, The Dragon sends 2 of his asian hench-woman, the Judo experts
Lien and Tzu to fight against Loreta and Rubi
and everything ends in the pyramid in the famous aztec ruins just outside
of Mexico City.
Now, there's a long segment from som aztec documentary (?) which shows
the sacrifice of the aztec princess Xochitl
and the attempts of the warrior Tezomoc to save her with the result
of he's being buried alive in a coffin near her. This
footage is of a better quality (both photo- and budgetwise) than Cardonas,
so it must be borrowed from another film?
Tezomoc and Chela
They find the tomb of the sacrificed princess and her
buried alive warrior and when someone takes the jewel-piece
from her chest - Tezomoc awakens from his long sleep, and he's pissed
off. He can change himself into a bat and
he looks really cool and quite scary. Tezomoc takes on The Black Dragon
Gang and want the jewels back.
He also plan to sacrifice Chela, the professor's daughter. Will the
Crime Fighter Quartet save her life ?
Fullscreen 4:3 original ratio, spanish version without
english subs, black&white. VCI Entertainment says on the cover
that the film has been restored for this DVD release. But how was the
picture quality then ?
Much better than the old Something Weird DVD .... BUT NOT VERY GOOD
unfortunately. It looks like someone
put a filter of some sort over the picture, it's a bit fuzzy all through
It's a poor transfer and looks cheap compared to earlier US mexican
film releases from great companies like Panik
House Casa Negra who really did a great serious job. The question is:
Has VCI even made any restoration at all or are these releases the same
as the dvd's in Mexico ?