René Cardona

  • René Cardona – Las luchadoras contra la momia AKA Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy (1964)

    If you’ve ever longed for a movie about wrestling women who take on various monsters, this is it. There is Xochitl, a female mummy, and her lover Tezomoc who is also a mummy, and he can turn into a snake or a bat, which is difficult to get half-Nelsons on. Loreta and the Golden Ruby join forces to battle the evil Prince Fujiyata and his Oriental female Judo wrestlers. The mummy Tezomoc is male and on the good side of the struggle (at least he fights the bad guys). The lady wrestlers earlier appeared in Doctor of Doom.Read More »

  • René Cardona & Albert Lewin – The Living Idol (1957)

    Lewin’s fascination with the exotic and the esoteric comes to a head in his final film. A British archaeologist working in Mexico becomes convinced that a local woman is actually the reincarnation of an Aztec princess. The idea of Mexico as a place where the archaic coexists with the modern fascinated foreigners from Antonin Artaud to William Burroughs. Having already juxtaposed the archaic and the modern in Pandora, Lewin revisits this trope here. The Living Idol dares the ridiculous (even) more than most other Lewin films, and doesn’t always pass the test. But its striking use of widescreen cinematography, as in the climactic moment of a sinister panther stalking a deserted Mexico City plaza, makes it a worthy companion to Dorian Gray and Pandora.Read More »

  • René Cardona – Santo en El tesoro de Drácula AKA Santo and Dracula’s Treasure (1969)

    Mexican wrestler El Santo invents a time machine. After somebody uses the machine to find the hidden location of Dracula’s treasure, El Santo must hunt down the vampire.Read More »

  • René Cardona Jr. & René Cardona – El tesoro de Moctezuma AKA Moctezuma’s Treasure (1968)

    The Hong Kong-based international criminal organization from Operación 67 is still in business, but they have a new plan: through research done by a renegade archeologist, the secret location of Emperor Moctezuma’s hidden treasure has been uncovered. However, the map is on the base of a small stone carving of the “plumed coyote,” located in a Mexico City museum; furthermore, the key to deciphering the map is on microfilm that was secreted in Ruth Taylor’s emerald ring, which she gave to Jorge Rubio before she died, at the end of the first film.Read More »

  • René Cardona – La mujer murcielago AKA Batwoman (1968)

    Batwoman is called to investigate a whacked out scientist that is capturing wrestlers and using their spinal fluid to create a Gill Man.Read More »

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