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The actual origins of these mummies are quite varied, the most well known mummy is the Aztec Mummy and its iconic trilogy but we also have the Guanajuato mummies, the San Angel mummies and the typical Egyptian mummy inspired by the universal classics, usually accompanied by other universal monsters.
In these list we will see all of the movies with all the different kinds of mummies.
El nombre viene de la película "The Psychotronic Man" y es un género conformado de películas de género que piensan fuera de los parámetros convencionales, arriesgándose a ser diferentes y romper con esquemas establecidos. Obras desconocidas, subestimadas y menospreciadas.
Se concentran en la explotación y son creadas independientemente con micro-presupuestos.
El cine Psicotronico puede contener los siguientes géneros, subgéneros, movimientos y categorías:
-Cine de culto -Terror -Ciencia Ficción -Thriller -Crimen -Erotismo -Cine Independiente -Cine de bajo presupuesto -Cine de micro-presupuesto -Cine sin presupuesto -Películas Grindhouse -Cine de Explotación -Cultura de Autocine -Kitsch -Shot on Video -Videohome -Películas directo a vídeo -Películas de televisión -Cine Regional -Cine Zen -Películas Cut and Paste -Quickies -Películas de Grindhouse Digitales -Películas Slasher -Surrealismo -Cine cutre -Películas experimentales -Creature Features -Dark Arthouse -Splatter -Noir -Neo-Noir
The guy knew how to make exploitation horror flicks and personal projects on a shoe string budget and they didnt turn out bad, specially considering that he had even less money than Corman had when making the original movies.
Among some of his classics we have Mars Needs Women, Zontar the Thing from venus and The Eye Creatures.
A true independent who's work is worth taking a look at.
Jerry wanted to be a producer more than a director, he started by working on some original pictures by himself and a small crew but went on to put two or more movies together in order to make a feature lenght film, sold the films to the drive-in and grindhouse market only to make profit.
While the man himself may not even like most of his own films, I do find them incredibly interesting to watch, read and talk about.
-René Cardona. -René Cardona Jr. -René Cardona III -Ismael Rodriguez Jr. -Rubén Galindo. -Alejandro Jodorowsky. -Juan López Moctezuma. -Damián Acosta Esparza. -Francisco Guerrero. -Gilberto de Anda. -Alfonso Corona Blake. -Federico Curiel. -Rogelio A. González. -Alberto Mariscal.
Important actors: -Mario Almada. -Fernando Almada. -Hugo Stiglitz. -Lina Santos. -Sergio Goyri. -El Santo. -Blue Demon. -Valentín Trujillo.
A true independent company.
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Krampus: The Christmas Devil (2013)
Christmas cheap creature freature
Far from being one of the best of its kind, Krampus manages to be somewhat entertaining whenever the actual Krampus shows up and murders people.
Its a very serviceable exploitation film with enough gore, monster screentime and topless women chained in a cave to be a bit enjoyable but it suffers a lot from pacing issues, seemingly effortless sound design, clunky acting, disposable characters and an uninteresting plot executed quite blandly.
Weird, schlocky fun.
No budget campy rip-off that feels very awkward, improvised and amateurish for most of the time but manages to be fun in its violence, cheapness and incoherence.
The Guy from Harlem (1977)
Possibly one of the worst blaxploitation films.
Quite possibly one of the most amusingly bad movies in blaxploitation cinema. Not only is it very low budget but its also quite lazily put together, there are too many mistakes to count and one can tell it was quite a rushed production, specially considering it was released near the end of blaxploitation's popularity, something that makes this film feel more sleazy and somewhat pitiful.
Even with its fun moments I cant say its entertaining, its actually very dull and tedious but its the kind of bad movie that manages to be hypnotic and interesting.
The Tomb (1986)
Somewhat slow and dull but with fun moments.
Fred Olen Ray's The Tomb its somewhat of a disappointment when it comes to the fact that its not a very entertaining film, however, I will say that it had a lot of potential to be a fun flick. It doesnt look or feel like a cheaply made film as this is Ray's biggest budget at this point of his career but falls flat when it comes to giving some of the exploitation goods it needed to make it stand out.
The film does contain a few good moments that make it worth watching but I dont think it works overall, at least not as well as his other features. Its lacking the edge that we have come to expect from this kind of picture, its not really that interesting or enjoyable as a whole.
I must say that its perhaps not what I expected to see, maybe with one or two more watches in the future and in a copy with better picture quality it may grow on me.
Creature of the Walking Dead (1965)
A duller version of the original film.
The usual Jerry Warren cut and paste job. Its like watching La marca del muerto only with long dull scenes of people explaining the new incoherent plot, and of course, its mildly amusing at that. Decent flick for what it is, not boring but really brings down the original film.
btw prepare to hear the theme of La marca del muerto over and over and over and over again. Its a good piece but its just really overused.
Las momias de Guanajuato (1972)
One of the best entries in the Santo series.
Classic example of a Z grade quickie in the luchador genre of films. Featuring Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras and El Santo (for a few moments near the end) this fun mummy flick sure gives you all that you could want.
With its cheap but engaging atmosphere, its use of odd angles and wide angle lens, Mummies of Guanajuato becomes a surreal experience the resembles a strange dream with long wrestling scenes, cheap yet gross looking mummies and plot points that come out of nowhere.
A must watch for luchador fans.
La trajinera del terror (2006)
Odd Mexican Shot on Video Flick
Low budget mexican schlock piece with some fun moments and interesting concepts. It does feature some decent production values for a movie of this kind and sometimes it even comes close to looking like a slightly bigger production.
It has some enjoyable campy moments that deliver the cheap goodness I find entertaining but it sort of drags for some of its lenght. Worth of a watch if you are into Z grade horror from México.
Una mujer de Oriente (1946)
Decent spy film.
A low budget production of what feels like it could have been a big crime/secret agent film. Its brought down on a few moments because of its pacing and limitations but manages to be a serviceable flick for its genre and time.
Somewhat interesting and intriguing, overall quite enjoyable for its suspense, performances, uniqueness and the usual elements from Orol's cinema.
Marks the first film of Rosa Carmina with Juan Orol and by that alone it may be worth a watch by fans.
Santo contra cerebro del mal (1961)
A somewhat underwhelming start for El Santo.
There isnt really anything special about "Cerebro del Mal" except for the fact that its the first Santo film. Its a very typical mad doctor flick with some luchadores thrown in. Decent performances by the main cast and entertaining fighting sequences are some of the best aspects of this movie.
Its very obvious that El Santo wasnt being made into a star yet, his voice isnt even dubbed like in later films, he just falls into the background for most of this movie. People driving, sneaking around and kidnapping others are some of the things that take most of the screentime, not the best or most enjoyable entry but its enough to keep you amused.
Attack of the Mayan Mummy (1964)
An interesting example of Warren's work.
More of the usual Jerry Warren mish mash, perhaps a bit different because of the larger amounts of original footage than other movies he inserted his work into. For this reason alone I think its worth checking out if you are interested in Warren's work.
Not the worst by any means, its strange how far apart both films are in many ways yet they do not feel incredibly distant from each other like in previous of Warren's outings. Its still quite incoherent and the editing its very messy but manages to bring some good cheese factor to it, wouldnt want it any other way.
This is definitely some of his laziest work regarding his directing, the long steady shots are much more visible and apparent than before. Other than that, its not the worst movie featuring a Mexican mummy, perhaps the dullness of The Aztec Mummy and the cheapness of Warrens additions are enough to make your average audience member be incredibly confused and bored. Its a decent example of this sort of schlock from the great "butcher" of B-films.
Terror of the Bloodhunters (1962)
A pretty decent jungle survival film.
Jerry Warren gives us whats probably his most ambitious effort (in that theres more than just a few people on-screen through a good portion of it). A highly entertaining and pleasing B movie thats probably the most lively and well written proyect Warren ever made, with memorable and charming characters along with a captivating plot.
It has a lot of the usual Warren tropes, such as blatant stock footage and long static shots that some may find to be bland or bothersome, others may argue that the movie doesnt deliver when it comes to the exploitation elements it promises, but you can honestly say that about many B movies of the time (and now). Its all very well paced, it goes by very fast and doesnt overstay its welcome.
Overall, some problems keep it from being really good but its one of the best Z grade jungle pictures of the era and probably one of the most delightful productions Warren has to offer.
Both versions have something to enjoy.
There should be 2 entries for Invasion of the Animal People and Terror in the Midnight Sun because they are 2 almost completely different movies. They did it for other Jerry Warren mixes, why not this one too?
Terror in the Midnight Sun:
Its a very decent monster movie from Virgil W. Vogel, known for The Mole People and The Land Unknown, about a group of people investigating a meteor crash in Finland, B-movie stuff happens and now we have a giant sasquatch monster and aliens hinding on the snow.
Its really what one would expect form a fairly enjoyable and engaging B-movie, the characters are likable enough, the special effects arent the best but the storyline its entertaining and has a decent pace. Not something great but not awful in any way. The film its sometimes known as Space Invasion of Lapland but it doesnt matter because Invasion of the Animal People its a much more memorable title.
Invasion of the Animal people:
About the usual Jerry Warren mish mash. Follows kind of the same plot and with most of the same scenes cut together with footage of John Carradine and other actors inserted in, not much to say about it, other than if I didnt know any better I would think that this film its a mess.
An amusing mix
Quite an interesting mix of two movies that dont have much in common. I do have to say that there is a novelty factor in watching these kind of low budget Jerry Warren productions that makes me enjoy them.
In all honesty, I would probably watch this again rather than the other two separate films, as solid as "La Casa del Terror" was, its not as fun or cheesy as a Jerry Warren flick. Of course it is jarring when footage from a completely different film appears on screen, and its even more jarring when we see the clearly lower budget footage Warren filmed for this version. Besides the abundancy of reused scenes (btw its about the fourth time I see the same old "Aztec Mummy footage" since they recycle those scenes in the sequels too) there is still something that one can enjoy from watching this incoherent yet entertaining pieced together B-movie.
La casa del terror (1960)
An entertaining low-budget example of the horror genre in Mexico.
Very enjoyable monster movie.
Tin Tan is as funny as always, the mad doctor in the film actually has a very entertaining personality (actually, almost every character does), one can feel his determination, his sidekicks are fun too (until they get murdered by a werewolf mummy).
Lon Chaney has some good parts, he doesnt really talk since he didnt speak spanish but he still delivers an engaging silent performance as the werewolf; the makeup for the wolf its quite cheap but its not bad and it works quite well for this.
A pretty ok movie with surprisingly good effects.
A pretty ok movie with surprisingly good effects.
I wasnt expecting much from this movie, I was actually expecting it to be bad, I wanted to laugh at what could possibly be terrible effects but its amazingly competent in that astpect, the komodo dragons are well done, specially the practical effects but the cgi is also decently looking for the time. However, everything else falls flat, the acting is not very good, the script has issues, as well as the editing but I would say that its overall very watchable.
Something that I will give this movie is that at least the characters werent annoying, you dont see that in these kind of movies too often.
Usual Drive-in schlock
The usual Drive-In schlock you have probably seen before, its cheesy, yet really dull at the same time, it has some interesting ideas, concepts and even entertaining moments but its mostly dumb and boring.
Predictable, uninteresting, unoriginal and quite slow. Apparently the movie was first shot in 1958 but it was finished and released in 1963, and it shows, you often hear a narrator explaining things we should have seen, the editing also suffers from all the problems in pre- production.
Overall, a total borefest with a few unintentionally funny scenes.
Not of This Earth (1957)
Entertaining Sci-fi B-movie
The concept of a blood-sucking alien sounds cheesier than it is in this 1957 B-movie by Roger Corman, its quite classy when you compare it to most low budget Sci-fi films from the time, it doesn't show cheap giant monsters or anything like that (except for one short scene with a cheap little monster that felt really forced) its amusing because of how decently written it is.
It has some good performances, likable characters and a good script, its campy, but works for the kind of movie it is. Roger Corman really was one of the best in his field, god knows how bad this could have been without him behind the camera, not only would it be bad, it would have been boring, and that's really the worst kind of B-picture there is.
A decent sci-fi movie that's a little under budget at times but manages to be enjoyable.
Also, the last shot of the movie works a hundred times better than the entirety of "It Follows."
Good Time (2017)
Gritty and realistic
"Good Time" its a magnificent film, I cant think of many words that would make this movie justice, its definitely one of those movies that I need to rewatch in order to come up with something meaningful to say about it, and I am looking forward to that.
This is such a peculiar film, its grounded in reality yet it allows itself to be unrealistic at points to get the story going and its not annoying in any way, you are so caught up in the moment it doesn't even matter. I would like to emphasize on how real it feels, you root for these people who are total scumbags, but you understand them, you even kinda of like them.
I have seen people call this a crime movie, its a fitting label to some extent, but I wouldn't call this a crime movie, in the same way "Taxi Driver" isn't a crime movie, it has people breaking the law but its focus is on another place.
Highly entertaining monster movie
"Tremors" its a classic monster movie, its like a well made version of one of those low budget creature features, its very reminiscent of movies like "Them!" or any other giant insect B movie for that matter, but this one actually has some likable characters, amusing effects, nice acting, good pacing and its well directed.
Its absurd and many things don't really make sense, not to mention that there are many ways of killing these things as they are inconsistent with how they attack, sometimes they are just underground but other times their head comes out of the ground, exposing themselves to people shooting them, whether these creatures get you or not depends solely on what the script says.
Overall, its really a fun time, I cant really complain about this one, also, I love when movies like this have better characters than they should, I could watch a movie about these people without the monsters and still be entertained.
Moon of the Wolf (1972)
A mediocre werewolf movie with some decent elements.
"Moon of the Wolf" its painfully mediocre, it offers nothing new to the genre, its not fun to watch (at least most of the time it isn't), and its also really dull.
It has interesting elements, some of the characters are actually pretty decently written and the effects aren't too terrible but its mostly just boring and predictable.
This could have been a very interesting and engaging werewolf movie but the fact that its a TV movie limits it, I suppose the novel its better.
Maniac Cop (1988)
An enjoyable 80s horror flick
This was pleasing, a bit unusual but still quite fun to watch. I love the cast for this movie, Bruce Campbell, Tom Atkins and Robert Z'Dar. They are all cult movie icons and this movie plays an important part in that.
The best parts are the action and gore scenes, mostly because its well made in that regard, however, the rest of the movie isn't bad. The director made "Maniac" years prior to this, and that was a great movie, it feels a little bit like "Maniac" at points, in the sense that the killer is creepy and the scenes filmed in the city look quite similar, but this one is way more cheesy.
Overall, a fun time that its perhaps a bit boring at times but keeps you invested with decent characters, enjoyable performances and some amusing kills.
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Kenneth Branagh does it again.
Ever since I watched "Hamlet (1996)" I have been loving Kenneth Branagh's work, but lately his movies haven't really interest me, thank god hes back at making great movies, I missed you Kenneth (even if you never left).
"Murder on the Orient Express" started pretty average, nothing fantastic, but it was entertaining, slowly, the movie evolves into an engaging experience.
We have some great performances here, Johnny Depp is always good, Branagh is amazing (obviously), and the other actors are also amusing. Daisy Ridley is surprisingly decent in this.
Its the best movie I have seen this year. I had some problems with it, like I said, the beginning was nothing especial but it just makes the great parts stand out even more (now that I think about it, the beginning may not even be as mediocre as I thought).
Perhaps my bigger issue its the ending, not the execution of it, but the message and its way of thinking, I am kinda of mad at it, but I really love the way it was handled. I guess I liked the fact that it made ask some questions about the morality of it rather than the ending itself.
The Video Dead (1987)
An interesting zombie flick
"The Video Dead" its a very original zombie movie, just when I thought the zombie genre couldn't offer much new to me, I watch this and it amazes me. Too bad it didn't come out in theaters in its original release (but I suppose that being a direct to video movie makes more sense), this movie should have gotten more attention, thank god it became a cult movie over the years.
I was somewhat hesitant about watching this, I was expecting something along the lines of "Burial Ground" or "Zombie Holocaust" (and I think those movies are charming in their own way), however, it was better than a cheap Italian zombie flick, don't get me wrong, it was cheap and it had some dull and silly moments but it was mostly a fun time.
Overall, a really entertaining movie, it has some good elements and its quite interesting. I think I would have find it a little bit scary if I would have seen this as a child, mainly because of the concept and the ending (endings like that always made me feel uncomfortable and I suppose that's the intention).
Psychic Killer (1975)
A pretty decent 70s horror movie
"Psychic Killer (1975)" its not that bad, its actually a pretty fun and enjoyable B movie. When it comes to 70s low budget exploitation is hard to find one that actually has some decent elements, and "Psychic Killer" certainly has some notable moments in the middle of all its absurdity.
Its decently made and its not boring (its mostly entertaining) even if it has some scenes that are quite dull. It delivers the usual dose of gore and nudity that these movies are known for and it does it in a very amusing way.
With an interesting plot, halfway decent scenes and a good pace, "Psychic Killer" stands out from the average 70's schlock.
Birth of the Dragon (2016)
Not too bad but really mismarketed
"Birth of the Dragon" has a bad reputation and I can see why people dislike the movie so much, it was marketed as a film that focuses on Bruce Lee but what we got was a different story. Audiences must have been really disappointed to see that the movies lead isn't Buce Lee but some other actor.
If you can look past that, I guess the movie could be entertaining, its really not that bad, its just OK-ish. The fight scenes are amusing, the writing and directing are not as terrible as in many other martial arts movies with a bad reputation, the acting is OK, its a somewhat decent Bruceploitation movie, nothing great but gets the job done.
If they would have marketed the movie differently it wouldn't have been that badly received, but in the end, I suppose they decided that the movie wouldn't sell as much tickets if they were to be honest with the public.