Sunday, October 30, 2011

Let the Face Off Begin

According to the plot summaries on IMDb, Wrestlemaniac (2006), originally titled El Mascarado Massacre, is about a film crew traveling to Mexico to film a porn movie. They stumble upon a ghost town, La Sangre de Dios, where, in lieu of prison or a psychiatric facility, the Mexican justice system has isolated El Mascarado (played by Rey Misterio Sr), a luchador who, some years earlier, went, well, a little nuts and started destroying (literally) his ring opponents, clawing their faces off like masks. IMDb cineastes rate the film a 4.5 (out of 10), which ranks it slightly lower than Snakes on a Plane (which I rather like, well, love actually) but much higher than Hillbillys in a Haunted House. Doomed Moviethon totally trashes it--with a lively sort of energy you have to admire. Netflix's computer software's "best guess" is that my chances of liking it are 1.1 (out of 5), but none of that has stopped me from shooting the DVD to the top of my queue. Amid the cries of "Don't Waste Your Time" and "Stupidest Movie Ever," more than one Netflix user has fondly compared the movie to Scooby-Doo cartoons gone Herschell Gordon Lewis. But lucha libre, horror, cheap porn, Adam Huss (the go-go dancer roommate in 2010's Is It Just Me?), AND Shaggy?--awesome or awful, this almost certainly dreadful movie begs for at least a fast-forward screening on my TV.

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