Sunday, August 26, 2012
INTREPIDOS PUNKS (1980)
INTREPIDOS PUNKS, or INTREPID PUNKS for English-type people, might be one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. It's also the only Mexican biker movie I've ever seen and not only is it a biker movie but it's a biker movie mixed with punk rockers, a little dash of Lucha Libre/Mexican wrestling and a cop thriller with tons of senseless violence. If there's a movie that depicts random acts of insane violence and rape in a more fun way than this movie I have no idea what it would be. Kind of like a Spanish version of an early good Troma movie. The main characters here are a gang of punk rockers named things like CALIGULA and TITS who ride sweet motorcycles and seem to have been inspired by CHEECH & CHONG'S look in UP IN SMOKE, super hot 80's music video-looking gals and a leader named Tarzan who wears a silver mask and delivers flying dropkicks and pile-drivers to anyone that pisses him off. There's also a female leader named BEAST played by a very porn-movie star looking lady named Princesa Lea who makes funky music play every time she exposes her boobs, in fact the whole gang is so awesome that they have their own theme song that screams their name whenever they show up. They also have their own personal rockin' band that comes out and plays while they rape women which leads to the wackiest rape scene I've ever seen and it practically dares you not to laugh while seemingly innocent women are being assaulted. These are terrible people who chop off hands, set fire to a poor gas station attendant and often get very rape happy but they're so much damn fun to watch and they seem like they're having such a blast that it's hard to root for the good guys here which makes the ending where the cops strike back a bit of a bummer. I imagine this was probably a really fun movie to make and that comes through while you're watching it. I also learned from this film that in order to be a cop in Mexico all you need is a sweet 70's porn guy mustache and a barrel chest. An obscure masterpiece!
I'm pretty sure this movie only exists on a shitty looking VHS copy since that's the only way I've seen it, even in a theatrical-showing last night they just projected that version which looked very wonky. They leave the ending open for a sequel which came along in '91 called VENGEANCE OF THE PUNKS which I really need to find immediately. .
A guy gets run over by a tank and ninja stars fly!: