Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lucha Double Shot

I'm reviewing two lucha films side by side today because of their place in lucha movie history. Huracán Ramírez and El Enmascarado de Plata, from what my shoddy internet-based research can find, were the first two films featuring a masked wrestler as the title character. I am not entirely sure which came first, so both get the Assorted Loaf treatment.

These films are interesting looks into the beginning of a genre, and share some common elements, mainly that of people trying to determine the identity of the masked individual, but are quite different in their structure and overall tone.

Huracan Ramirez is unlike most if not all lucha films that would follow it. It largely focuses on the character under the mask, as we the audience know his identity all along. El Enmascarado de Plata was originally presented as 11 serials, and plays like a Batman comic strip. Although it would appear that it came second, it definitely seems to be the basis for lucha movies to follow.

My reviews for these will not be super long because I was only able to see ripped versions of these from a Mexican movie channel and they have no subtitles. So some of the plot is a bit pieced together by my imagination!

Ah, they seem easy enough to follow!

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