Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
On their way to make amateur porn, a group of "filmmakers" find themselves in an old Mexican ghost town. When they arrive, they soon come face to face with a legendary wrestler that takes the whole mask removal thing way too seriously.
Is it good movie?
It all starts with one of the greatest opening moments ever put on film. There is a long tracking shot that brings the viewer to a couple of wooden doors. Once there, the doors swing open and a bloody young woman comes screaming out. In a The Texas Chainsaw Massacre way, it freezes on her as the title fills the screen… Wrestlemaniac. In fact, this flick is very heavily inspired(??) by Mr. Leatherface, but it ain't the first movie that is. But credit where credit is due, this is one of the most politically incorrect slasher films ever. And that’s a good thing. There is nothing new here… like, at all. A group of young folk in a van driving through Mexico decide to check out a mysterious Mexican ghost town where a crazed wrestler was left so he couldn’t hurt anyone else. This was one of the most idiotic plots I have ever seen. It reminded me of a “Scooby Doo” episode. Yet what makes this stand out from every other film like this is the characters. These people are sleazy, trashy people with hopes to make porno movies. The female leads are big breasted “actresses” ready for fun. This is pure sex and death and guess what… it’s kind of fun.
I love the fact that some of the first dialogue here mentions a Dirty Sanchez... Google that and see what comes up. This is rude, crude and a bunch of fun. Yeah, once the psycho wrestler starts picking the victims off, it gets predictable. But I liked that El Mascarado (Rey Misterio) was a mean son of a bitch. He likes to rip off peoples faces… a lot. And I also liked the sheer ridiculousness of some of the situations. I liked the leading lady. Ms. Leyla Milani is very flexible when hiding from the killer (which also comes in handy when doing pornos apparently). She also has issues with her shorts while on the chase, so of course they have to come off. There is nothing of substance here, but the women are hot and the killer is vicious. Seriously, what more could you want? A story perhaps? Well, I don’t know if you are really looking for a story if you are renting Wrestlemaniac.
As for the rest of the actors, they are fine for what they need to do. This ain’t high art and they can read their lines pretty well so all good on that level. Yet I did kind of like Jeremy Radin as the guy who figures things out. He is a big guy and his enthusiasm is a blast. Again, he’s not going to get an Academy Award or anything, but he comes across like a pretty cool guy. I was rooting for him. Say what you will because I know that this looks like crap. I thought the same thing originally, but it is still a ton of fun and worth checking out if you love bad slasher flicks.
Video / Audio
It’s sex, gore and one of the most ridiculous final chase scenes ever, but its ghoulishly goofy. I loved the very first sequence but I did find it dragging for ten to fifteen minutes of Dirty Sanchez talk and the amateur porno shoot, but at least you get boobs. Soon after that, when El Mascarado gets all pissed off, it’s nothing but fun times as long as you enjoy its tongue in cheek style. And just in case… a few Cervezas may not be a bad idea either to help further your enjoyment.