Saturday, October 15, 2011
THE WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (1964)
"Maybe that stupid mummy has fits and undresses. Who knows what he has beneath his clothes?"
The sixties were a decade chock full of silly superhero comic book movies. I woulda thought it was all Batman's fault but that goofy show hadn't started yet and Mexico was already pumping out these wrestler/superhero flicks. They were mostly masked wrestlers but also, like in this one, a few lady wrestlers starred. I guess it kind of goes along with the women's lib movement starting up at the time since you get scenes of ladies throwing men around and generally kicking their asses. In addition to this we get an evil Asian bad guy(who looks way more Mexican) named The Black Dragon in the dubbed version, judo girls, a goofy comic relief guy and best of all a mummy(who doesn't really show up until the last third of the movie). The mummy's origin is all told with stock-footage from 1957's THE AZTEC MUMMY which would be used a few more times over the years. This mummy character seems to also be half vampire since he can turn into a bat and a spider and is afraid of the sun. Why this is I'm not sure. Maybe if you take a vampire and mummify him this is what happens but I don't recall that ever being clarified. Overall this is a fun goofy flick but only for lovers of really bottom-of-the-barrel silly Mexisploitation. There was a re-edited(with 60's pop music) version of this titled ROCK 'N ROLL WRESTLING WOMEN VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY but I recall that being really awful. The wrestling women here had appeared together prior to this in DOCTOR OF DOOM where they fight a guy in a KKK hood and his gorilla henchman.
Apparently there was a shortage of Asians in 1960's Mexico since our judo chicks also look suspiciously Mexican: