Cinema’s fascination with fusing the horror and western genres has proven to be as resilient as it has bewildering. It’s not uncommon to see the wild west go weird on the big screen. 1959’s The Living Coffin hails from Mexico, and in addition to presenting the world of tumbleweeds and bucking broncs with a supernatural bent, it goes one step further by incorporating aspects of its own cultural horror heritage.
In the original Sinister movie, the leading character, Ellison Oswalt, uncovers a box of 8mm ‘home-movies’, each reel depicting a disturbing murder perpetrated in a horrifically graphic way. In Sinister 2 a group of ghost children have sadistically killed their innocent families and each made a snuff movie depicting their imaginatively violent deeds.
“Be careful. Children at play.”
Written and directed by Rene Cardona Jr., Tintorera! is a Mexican-British horror film released in 1977, shortly after the success of Jaws (1975). You would expect Tintorera! to be nothing more than a clone of the cultural phenomenon Steven Spielberg spearheaded. Instead Tintorera! blends the ‘killer shark’ sub-genre with softcore erotica!
“There’s a monstrous killer churning up the sea… Tintorera …Tiger Shark”
In 1968 director Rene Cardonaa began working upon a new movie that would showcase the talent of actress Maura Monti by splicing elements of ‘Batmania’ with the popular lucha libre style of Mexico. Under her cape, cowl, boots and bikini the gorgeous Maura takes on the lead role of Batwoman in 1968’s La mujer murcielago with stunning beauty and crime-fighting finesse.
“My vengeance will be terrible… TERRIBLE!”
Every successive Marvel adaptation seems to be compelled to up the ante by treating us to a pyrotechnic display while guys in mechanical suits punch the hell out of the villains. Er…having said that, Ant-Man is a movie where a couple of guys in mechanical suits punch the hell out of each other but, just in case we have become a little jaded by that particular spectacle, this movie at least attempts to send itself up.
“Pick on someone your own size!”
Written and directed by Lou Simon, and released in 2013 under the title HazMat, Hazard is your run-of-the-mill modern day low budget slasher. Everything is played out ‘by the numbers’. But hey, nothing is wrong with ‘more of the same’ right? Except, right from the outset, Hazard is a bad movie.
“It’s all fun and games until someone loses a head.”
When Detective Roger Mortis and Detective Doug Bigelow of the LAPD are called to the scene of a jewel heist in progress, they become engaged in a shootout, against two masked thieves. Mortis and Bigelow open fire on the robbers who take multiple hits to the torso, but refuse to stay down. “Maybe they’re just flesh wounds” Doug quips as he reloads.
“These cops are on the biggest murder case of their lives… their own.”
It may have been a mistake for me to view the new Jurassic World movie in the company of a couple of Palaeontologists… Their enthusiasm soon waned when presented with the movie’s deviations. Rather than feature updated dinosaurs and present audiences with fascinating new knowledge, Jurassic World stuck with anachronistic representations.
“Corporate felt genetic modification would up the ‘wow’ factor.”