For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.
Set in the south Texas town of Sucio Sangre near the vicious Mexican border, BLOOD SOMBRERO stars Billy Blair as a nameless thief hired by the ruthless crime lord Lucifer (Nick Gomez) to find a strange box with unknown contents. Meanwhile a mysterious yet violent girl named Josephine (Paula Solinger) holds the box while on the run from the deranged cult she once belonged to. Hot on her trail are two crooked cops (Fred Doss and Stephen Brodie) and a psychotic bounty hunter named Coffin. Their paths ultimately collide in an explosion of blood soaked chaos, leaving our anti-heroes to decide whether this box is worth their lives.
Much like Death From Above and El Muerto from early this month, this is not really a horror movie per se. It was in the horror section of the used DVD shop where I got it and has ladies with skull face paint that are meant to be ancient beings, so I guess that counts for something. This seems to be inspired by the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse which is probably the most influential movie to low-budget filmmakers in the last twenty years in terms of action. There are tons of these and I didn’t really like this one. They have some half way descent comedy from time to time, but the scenes all linger past the point where that energy or interest can get you into the next scene. The whole thing feels sluggish. That’s the opposite of what you want. I don’t want to go any further into it. It would just be beating up on it after I’ve already said it’s not for me.
If you want to hear us discuss Robert Rodriguez, listen to the Motion Picture Meltdown episode on his Mexico trilogy and I’ll be back tomorrow.