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La Maldicion de la Momia Azteca / Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957)
Topic Started: Jan 11 2017, 07:15 AM (248 Views)
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La Maldicion de la Momia Azteca / Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957) Dir. Rafael Portillo
ITB Shock Theatre #191

Taking up immediately after the thrilling conclusion of The Aztec Mummy (so you're gonna wanna click that link and catch up) finds Dr. Krupp, a/k/a the notorious super-criminal the Bat, in the hands of the crack Mexican cops, and our heroes all breathing a sigh of relief. Only the Bat's henchman attack the bus escorting their boss to prison, and despite the intervention of the masked superhero called the Angel (who wears all white, including a wrestling mask and a cape and a big belt with an "A" on it), they spring him (and, frankly, beat the crap out of the Angel in the process). Krupp's new plan: kidnap the girl, hypnotize her himself, and find out where the bracelet and shield are that have hieroglyphics pointing to the treasure of the Aztecs. All this manages to work out for himself rather nicely, mainly because the Angel keeps getting his ass kicked when he interferes (at one point, the Angel has to use the signal watch he gave his pre-teen sidekick, who isn't named Jaime Olsen but should be, and ask the kid to come help HIM). Eventually (at about the 51 min. mark of this 63 min. movie) the Aztec Mummy even gets tired of watching the Angel get beat up and skulks out of his tomb to reclaim his bracelet and shield and throw Dr. Krupp into the snake pit where he obviously belongs.

As I think you can tell from my extremely pertinent and well-written description, this motion picture embodies all we love about the beauty and artistry of classic cinema.

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Dr. Krupp, sneering when the heroes suggest he's only in the super-villain racket for the money: "I'm not guided only by money! It's the AMBITION of SUCCESS!"

Pinacate, the comic cowardly assistant: "I'd rather they say 'Pinacate ran from here!' than 'Pinacate died here!'"

Available in the Aztec Mummy Collection from BCI in both Spanish and made-for-TV dubbed AIP version, and yeah, we watched 'em both. The dialog is funnier in the American version, they joked it up, so you can actually enjoy both films as standalone masterpieces of prime Mexican horror cinema. Just be aware that the Bat and the Angel have about 500% more screen time than the Aztec Mummy and you'll be fine.
Edited by Laughing Gravy, Jan 23 2017, 07:57 PM.
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Okay, you sold me on this. Ordered the Aztec Mummy Collection, looks like it will be some cheesy fun!
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I have this collection great silly fun. Well worth the $6.99 I paid for it
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