Thursday, March 22, 2007

Las luchadoras contra la momia [The Wrestling Women vs. the Mummy]

Las luchadoras contra la momia [The Wrestling Women vs. the Mummy] The plot: several archeologists have been murdered by the Black Dragon gang of Prince Fujiyata. He is trying to obtain all the fragments of a codex which shows the location of an Aztec treasure. Dr. Sorva eludes the gang and hides in the dressing room of Loreta and Rubí, famous wrestling women. Loreta's boyfriend is Armando, whose uncle is Dr. Trelles, the final member of the archeological expedition. After Sorva tells his story, he's killed by a poisoned dart. Chela Van Dine, the daughter of one of the murdered scientists, has gone to Dr. Trelles for help.

In order to confound the Black Dragons, Trelles tells Rubí, Loreta, Armando and Armando's assistant Chucho, that he has split his part of the codex into three fragments. He disappears to try and throw Fujiyata off the track, but later tips off his friends to the hiding places of the codex parts. However, the Black Dragons kidnap Chela and turn her into a zombie; she helps them steal two of the codex scraps. The third part is hidden in the Luchadoras' locker room: Fujiyata and his men face off with Armando, Loreta, Rubí, and Chucho. The Asian mastermind proposes a sporting bet: his two sisters (judo experts) will face the Luchadoras in a winner-take-all match. The combat is difficult, but the Luchadoras beat their stocky opponents (both of the "Asian" women look more or less like rotund comedienne Susana Cabrera, hardly a fearsome sight), and Fujiyata turns over his part of the codex. [Alfredo Salazar re-used this plot device in Santo en el tesoro de Drácula, and it was even less logical the second time around] Armando tries to arrest Fujiyata and his gang for murder, but Fujiyata's sisters beat up Armando and Chucho and the gang escapes!

Dr. Trelles deciphers the codex and they all go to a hidden chamber in an Aztec pyramid. According to Trelles, during the Aztec era a young maiden named Xóchitl (aren't they all?) was scheduled to be sacrified to the gods but instead ran off with Temozoc, a sorcerer. Both were caught: Xóchitl (although presumably not a virgin any longer) was sacrificed nonetheless and Temozoc was buried alive to serve as her guardian. A breastplace inscribed with directions to the treasure horde was placed on Xóchitl's body.

Trelles and the others remove the breastplate from Xochitl's dessicated corpse (which has a couple of rats still chewing on it, although I doubt if there was much meat left on her after a couple of hundred years). Temozoc wakes up but since he's as slow and clumsy as all movie mummies, the intruders escape.

Fujiyata and his gang plan to steal the breastplate and then take possession of the treasure, but Temozoc wipes them out. He also tries to get the breastplate back but has to return to his tomb by daybreak (his sorcerer's powers allow him to turn into a bat and fly around, the source of the backwards-exit alluded to earlier; the producers were too damn cheap to shoot 10 seconds of additional film, so they just reversed the bat's arrival!).

Chucho and Chela decide to return the breastplate to the tomb themselves, but get separated inside the pyramid. Chucho brings Armando, Rubí and Loreta back to help. Temozoc turns into a bat and a tarantula, but is eventually captured by having a bag put over his head (his eyes are his source of power). He's also scared of fire. The breastplate is returned. Temozoc still wants to do some strangling, but the tomb collapses, burying him (Armando, Loreta, Chucho, Rubí, etc., escape).

Las luchadoras contra la momia has a cult reputation and a lot of people like it for its "camp" aspects, but it really sounds wackier than it is. The Aztec Mummy trio is more consistently entertaining, and the Luchadoras are better served in their first feature and Las luchadoras vs. el robot asesino is good but doesn't feature either Lorena Velázquez or Elizabeth Campbell). To recap, good mummy but not enough of him.

Lorena Velázquez ... Gloria Venus
Armando Silvestre ... Armando Rios
Elizabeth Campbell ... Golden Rubi
María Eugenia San Martín ... Chela (as Ma. Eugenia Sn. Martin)
Chucho Salinas ... Chucho Gomez
Ramón Bugarini ... Prince Fujiyata
Víctor Velázquez ... Dr. Luis Trelles
Tona La Tapatia (as Toña `La Tapatia')
Irma Gonzales
Chabela Romero ... Wrestler
Martha 'Güera' Solís (as Martha Solis)
Magdalina Caballero (as Magdalena Caballero)
Jesús Murcielago Velázquez ... Mao (as Murcielago Velasquez)
Mishima Ota
Uroki Sito

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1 comment:

metermouse said...

thanks, I just added this to my netflix queue!

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