Friday, January 30, 2009


LOS CAMPEONES DE LA LUCHA LIBRE heads night of Mexican wrestling films at Hollywood's historic Egyptian Theatre.

The first public screening of the English-language print of "Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre" will head a double feature on Thursday, February 5th at Hollywood's historic Egyptian Theatre. Directed and designed by "Mucha Lucha" creators Eddie Mort and Lili Chin, "Los Campeones" is an animated action/comedy in the tradition of Santo films and vintage Mexican horror cinema. The Azteca-Cine Spanish-language version of the film opened in 350+ theaters across Mexico in October, but his is the first time the 35mm English-language print will be screened for the public, before the film hits festivals overseas.

Creators Mort and Chin will be on hand with other members of the creative team for a pre-screening discussion of the film with never-before-seen production art on display. A second surprise feature from the golden age of Santo cinema will screen after "Campeones" in honor of the anniversary of the legend's passing. Complimentary lucha magazines will be available from the film's writer Keith J. Rainville of "From Parts Unknown," and there will be a door prize giveaway as well.

The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, between Las Palmas and McCadden, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood. Tickets are $10 / $8 for seniors; students.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wonder World of K. Gordon Murray Documentary

The legendary film distributor K. Gordon Murray is the subject of what appears to be a fun documentary on his life and work. It was Murray who introduced Mexican horror films to American audiences (mostly through television) with his English dubbed versions.

The documentary has a website, with trailers, news and a store, and more:

Check it out!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Italian Posters

Mexican horror and fantasy films enjoyed distribution in Italy, and must have influenced the Italian gothic horrors of the early 1960s. The Italian poster artwork for these films is some of the best to be found internationally. Here is the Italian poster for Misterios de ultratumba (Mysteries from Beyond the Grave, aka The Black Pit of Dr. M).

And one for La nave de los monstruos (Ship of Monsters):

La nave, incidentally, is due soon for a NTSC release, in the Spanish language only, unfortunately.