Movies From the Black Lagoon: Mexican Werewolf in Texas
Movies From the Black Lagoon
Mexican Werewolf in Texas- 2005, Rated R
By Tom Doty
Four teenagers and a hygienically challenged monster hunter are all that stand between their sleepy town and a rampaging beast in this humorous horror effort.
You know you're in good hands when a movie opens with a scene from the climax while a character narrates how they got to this point. In this case that scene finds a pair of female teens sitting in a pick-up truck and trying to see out their windshield. This task proves impossible when a hairy beats lunges at them and obscures their view.
Our narrator, Anna, states that her town was a pretty quiet place until recently and we are then treated to the first appearance of this creature. The scene shifts to a goat farm where a young guy has brought his date. Apparently some people can actually get romantic while surrounded by goats. Their make-out session gets interrupted when the goats begin running about in a frenzy while a speedy blur proceeds to rip them apart. We get a brief view of the creature in the next scene wherein it swoops down on a Chihuahua named "Ricco Suave." Let's just say that a career as a "Taco Bell" pitchman is not in this pooch's future.
Soon the whole town is in an uproar. The Mexican Americans think it may be the work of a Chupacabra (a Latino legend that rivals our Bigfoot stories). The Caucasians don't know what to believe but the whole enterprise gets everyone at each other's throats and we soon realize that this town needs to be whacked with the staff of political correctness.
It comes down to a quartet of teens to save the day. Anna leads the charge with her boyfriend, Miguel. Her girlfriends, Rosie and Jill, aid them. Rosie is the smart kid who hopes that a scholarship will help her get out of town while Jill just wants to swap spit with the local jock, Tommy. Miguel enlists the aid of a Chupacabra hunter named Cabot. He's an odd duck who lost a dog to the beats and wants payback. He travels in a Winnebago that's equipped with weapons, Chupacabra lore, and a enough body funk to repel all wildlife form wherever he parks his wheels.
It all leads to a thrilling climax that involves a trap set by our wannabe Scoobies that may get foiled by a nosy dad who thinks that e can scare away his daughter's Mexican boyfriend by posing as the titular beast and scaring the boy back to the old country. Before you know it the monster attacks and the all bets are off as plenty of people go down before the threat is vanquished-or is it?
This is a decent horror movie that manages to sneak in some sharp observations on human behavior. In fact racisms rears its ugly head here as much as the monster but they never forget that this is a terror tale so be prepared for plenty of gory sequences. The humor is mostly on target and angst driven (the leads are mostly teens). The young cast proves capable though you won't recognize anyone. The special effects are also top notch but credit director Scott Maginnis for staging most of the action at night for maximum creepiness. The title is part of the joke and I'm pretty sure that no one even mentions the "W" word in the whole film.
Best Line: "We'll see how happy you are when it's sucking the blood out of you."
Tom Doty occasionally emerges from the Lagoon to check his e-mail and to read to children every Wednesday at 10:30am at Borders in Hagerstown. If you'd like to get a message to him, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.