Wednesday, October 15, 2014

31 Days of Halloween 2014: Day 15

Week #3: Mostly Mummies
Face of the Screaming Werewolf
Jerry Warren, Rafael Portillo, Gilberto Martínez Solares

A group of scientists who bear striking resemblances to the scientists in, The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy, also put a woman into a trance and find out she was also an ancient Aztec sacrifice.  They find not one, but two mummies (or maybe three?). They take the mummies to America. One of them is your standard lurching around corpse. The other turns out to be Lon Chaney Jr. who is not just a mummy, but in fact a mummified werewolf.  Nothing makes any sense. Screw you, Jerry Warren.

Halloween is all about fear, so it was long overdue for me indulge in another face-off against my arch-nemesis of film, “director” Jerry Warren. Once again Mr. Warren has taken it upon himself to chop up a couple of foreign language films and try paste the whole thing together into one story with a liberal amount of newly shot scenes that involve people talking. I am impressed at the way he can somehow take two films full of monsters and bloodletting, and really dig deep to pull out only the most tedious parts. Why spend so much time on the hypnotism scene at the beginning? Your movie is barely an hour long, why have an extended song and dance number? Why two mummies, if you’re basically going to write one out of the movie in the most pointless way possible? Jerry Warren you are the true monster of Halloween.  

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