After watching literally thousands of zombie movies, it’s easy to start thinking of yourself as something of an expert. So it’s always exciting when someone rediscovers a relatively unknown or obscure classic of the genre… let alone an entire series of them! And that’s exactly what author Keith J. Rainville has done with his new book Zombi Mexicano.
Las momias de Guanajuato and a half-dozen or so sequels and related films are perhaps the most obscure 1970s ZOMBIE movies ever, rarely if ever making the “definitive encyclopedias of” and “complete guides to” books on the zombie genre. Maybe there’s an assumption these are just more Aztec Mummy flicks, maybe the very inference of a bandaged shambler disqualifies them in the minds of purists, maybe it’s just pure ignorance of South of the Border monster movies.
Regardless, these films, chock full of walking dead bursting their way our of graves and catacombs, attacking the living in hordes with mindless abandon, should have been part of the vintage zombie canon all along. We’re hoping this book, packed with close-ups of living corpses attacking our beloved lucha-heroes can help set that record straight and create some demand for this largely ignored sub-genre.
Regular readers of the Zombie Research Society are already familiar with the early 1961 luchador classic Santo Vs. The Zombies. But this forgotten series manages to take the genre to insane new heights, or lows as it may be! From Mexican karate zombies to hordes of cattle-prod wielding undead… Zombi Mexicano is a real treat!
Featuring a number of rare photos including press stills, lobby cards and VHS art; this title was published by From Parts Unknown in a strictly limited run of only 250 copies. In fact, if it weren’t for a good friend well-versed in outré cinema, I never would have heard about it myself. But now that I’ve secured my personal copy, I’d love to share it with all of you!