Everybody with any amount of knowledge of cult films has heard of the infamous video nasty’s list and perhaps even of some of the atrocities on there. Well today folks I’m viewing one but before I do something needs to be made perfectly clear... I’m against the use of gratuitous violence in the horror genre; plenty of movies have sacred people witless without it (just look at The Haunting from 1963, supposed to be one of the scariest movies ever made). Gore doesn’t scare, gore repulses and shockingly (in modern movies as opposed to classic horror) can be used instead of a plot. Yes it’s good to have a bit of blood in a horror movie and a large amount of the greats do, but as soon as you go over the top and sacrifice the films story for a gory gimmicks then despite what you say it is not a horror movie. It’s an exploitation flick (and a rather extreme one compared to some classics).
The movie I am watching is a strange beast as it does have a plot and is cheesy enough to be an enjoyable film however that’s not what this film is famous for (or infamous). You see this film is rather sickening because the distributor decided that in order for the money to make money overseas it needed to be spiced up with extra sex and gore and so went out and filmed gorier (and topless) deaths. This movie is more infamous however for some of the extra gore being REAL HEART SURGERY FOOTAGE. Before I get into a rant, let’s first have a story breakdown...
It’s pretty much your usual monster movie fair: a surgeon discovers there is no cure for his terminally ill son but thinks that if he gives his son the heart of a gorilla it could save him (or something). When operation is complete son turns into great big monkey monster and mayhem insures. Oh there’s also wrestling!
This is not a good movie. The majority of the acting is atrocious, the effects are terrible and the music is your usual B-movie music. This however does not mean it is not enjoyable and despite how bad you think this movie is you will still enjoy every second. This is the definition of a bad movie, the one that every cult movie fan must see at least once.
ladies and Gentlemen, the best actor in the whole movie!
In the previous paragraph I mentioned that the majority of the acting is bad but there is one actor who gives it his all. This is José Elías Moreno as Dr Krallman the scientist behind the insane operation. Now it would be obvious to any actor starring in a movie like this that it is a cheap, badly written film that if seen will only be remembered as a cult classic or not at all. To still believe in the role you are playing after that realisation and to give the character real humanity is something only a true actor can do. I have never seen any of Moreno’s other work (I probably have and just forgotten about it) but he must truly be remembered as a great of Mexican B-cinema as he’s the only good actor in the film (see the end for evidence of this).
It’s also best to mention that this is a Mexican movie and those used to the adventures of Santo and blue demon may want to have somebody who knows CPR close at hand. This is will probably be of interest to fans of Mexican wrestling pictures however as it is a semi remake of the 1963 movie “doctor of doom” but with some changes. To begin with the wrestlers in this aren’t really superhero’s, there just stars like a normal female wrestler. Instead the hero is a police inspector and the wrestler is his girlfriend. Also the scientist in this isn’t trying to create some super race he just wants to save his son. This may seem to make the movie more realistic but...
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