Rowdy New Year- Legion: The Final Exorcism

I guess I’m just sticking with the theme of movies that Rowdy Roddy Piper starred in this month. I have been wanting to see Legion: The Final Exorcism for a while, mainly because not only does it star Piper himself but his daughter Ariel Teal Toombs is in it as well. I was not prepared for what I was about to put myself through.

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Legion: The Final Exorcism was originally titled Costa Chica: Confession of an Exorcist and was released in 2006. I’m not entirely certain if it was actually released in 2006 or just had a premiere then as the DVD of the film didn’t come out until 2011. Legion is written and directed by David Heavener, he also happens to be its star. I hadn’t heard of David Heavener before this film. Apparently he not only makes low budget films, he is also a singer, song writer. He performs Christian music.

Legion is about Tatiana McMurter, a troubled girl, played by Roddy’s real life daughter Ariel Toombs. She is being afflicted by evil spirits. These spirits we are lead to believe are the very same ones that were cast into pigs in the New Testament concerning the Gerasene demoniac. Ariel is good in her role and I am eager to see some of her other roles.

The film is also about Michael San Chica (Heavener), a priest, who has been plagued by demons his whole life. He can apparently see into the future and the past which is a very odd thing for a priest to possess as in most instances theologically these are considered to be gifts that are not from God.

Roddy Piper plays Tatiana’s uncle Lucas. He does an extremely good job at portraying this character, plagued by alcoholism, demons, and his past horrific actions of molesting his niece. In fact the whole reason for the demonic infestation happens to be that Lucas, possessed by demons, upon molesting his niece, passed the infestation to her. This is too much for my mind to comprehend. I studied theology in college and none of it makes a lick of sense.

This movie centers around religion but it never quite decides whether it wants to be an out and out religious film, straight up horror film, or a TV special about demonic possession. It in fact manages to fail at allof these things. Mixing Baptist theology with a very confusing view of Anglicanism, the message of the movie, if there even is one, is so muddled that it is lost on me as a viewer. Perhaps if I hadn’t studied theology or been involved in paranormal research of demonic afflictions prior I could have enjoyed this more.

The only redeeming quality of the film in my opinion is Piper’s performance. If you need to see every role Piper was in than I suggest renting it through a DVD service or on Demand, unless you can get it for very cheap, other wise this movie is a complete pass.

 

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Rowdy New Year- Blind Eye

Christmas is finally over, it was a crazy year, and we’re barreling toward the year 2019. I’ve been relaxing and not reviewing everything I’ve watched but I did line some stuff up to watch, specifically some Roddy Piper movies. Roddy’s filmography is quite large and there are plenty of films to choose from. I don’t know how I ended up deciding to rent Blind Eye from 2007 but coincidentally it happened to be set during Christmas. How (R)odd(y)!

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Blind Eye is about suspended cop, Nick Browning, who is called home by his ex-wife because their daughter, Mira, has gone missing. He returns to his hometown and runs into some of his old pals, including Jay, a small town cop, one of Nick’s best friends. There is a dark secret in this town, people are going missing, and corruption seems to be the name of the game. Fred Mears, played by Roddy Piper, is the local police chief. He says he will do everything he can to help find, Mira, Nick’s daughter. Turns out he’s not a good guy after all and he’s been selling weapons, and generally being a scumbag.

This movie suffers from a low budget but it’s pretty good for what it was working with. It can be a bit cheesy, especially when Nick starts cloths lining and throwing around the Christmas tree in his ex-wife’s house upon discovering her murdered body. Line delivery was a bit odd at times as well but it was nothing too horrible. My brother, Domenic, who is the head of a High School theatre department, thought the acting was pretty good. He also said if this movie had a bigger budget, it would have been great. I always enjoy the perspective he brings to the table when we watch films.  If you enjoy cop movies, you’ll probably enjoy this film. Also if you’re a fan of Roddy than you owe it to yourself to check out his performance in it.

Roddy was really good as Fred Mears, I don’t normally see him in films as a villain, and it was off putting seeing him be so crude and vile. That’s not a bad thing, though, as it shows his versatility as an actor. I’m trying to collect most of his filmography, which will be quite the task and I hope to find some more off the wall roles while doing so.

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I would also like to plug some of my other reviews I have done over the holiday on B&S About Movies.

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Merry Christmas To All And To All A Food Night: Slaw

Christmas is fast approaching and I’m still writing reviews. I never thought I’d be able to stick with writing throughout a whole month but here we are.

I spend countless hours on the internet searching for movies that star professional wrestlers and sometimes I stumble across things I would never have come across otherwise. One of those films was Slaw from 2017.

 

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Slaw is about two brothers who torture and kill those who ruin their dining experience. It also happens to not only star professional wrestlers but the story was actually by former WCW professional wrestler, Honest John/ John Kap. John is one of the main stars of the film, as he plays one of the brothers who make people who are rude to him and his family pay. The film centers around brothers Gordon, played by John Kap, and Martha, played by Aaron Beelner and two detectives on their trail Turner, portrayed by Escalante Lundy (Django Unchained), and Hooch, played by WCW’s “Above Average” Mike Sanders. I was surprised at how much heart and soul, a movie that is basically a loose spoof on Saw, had. Now don’t think this is just a spoof as it stands alone on its own merits as well. The story is engaging, and the victims, although rude, are still portrayed as complex humans, with a desire to survive, and interesting stories.

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One of the major catalysts for their abduction is that Robert, played by the film’s screen play writer and assistant director Richard Tavernaro, has Gordon and Martha thrown out of a ritzy restaurant where they are celebrating Martha’s birthday. It is here that Martha has a run in with fellow diners and professional wrestlers, Kevin Nash (WCW/WWE), Martha’s favorite wrestler (He even has his poster above his bed so it is the last thing he sees before he sleeps), Amber O’Neal (Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, Women of Wrestling), Luke Gallows (WWE, TNA, New Japan Pro Wrestling), “Nature Boy” Paul Lee (WCW, NWA, Smoky Mountain Wrestling), and Glacier  (WCW). From there the movie kicks into high gear following the brothers and their game with the victims, as well as the detectives’ journey to search for Robert and his two female companions, the Ambers.

All of the wrestlers in the movie have good performances, but the stand out is John as Gordon. Sure, he’s given the most to work with, being a main protagonist, but he really commands the screen. He feels like a natural in front of the screen and is not over the top but very much reserved and composed. This is the kind of performance I love to see wrestlers give, where they just get what it is about to be on screen. I love my actors who are over the top just as much but seeing a role like this is enjoyable. Kevin Nash, is hilarious in his part, as are the others in the dining room scene. They all play themselves but it is fun that they are included and are not just throw away bit parts and important throughout the plot. Glacier, is a favorite of mine and I even had the chance to talk film with him when I met him at a show, I hope to continue to see him in film.

 

If you’re a fan of comedy with a heaping dash of horror, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. If you’re just curious and just want towatch a film that stars a slew of wrestlers, you should also give this movie a watch. Slaw is not only my favorite side dish, it’s a movie that I’m glad I had the chance to savor. You can rent it or buy it on Google Play, Amazon Video, and VOD so check your  Satellite or cable TV Provider. I was provided a screener link from the director by my own request but that in no way affected my review. Hopefully this sees a release on DVD, I was told it is still in the works, I’ll be buying it when it does.

 

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Roddy Piper’s Piping: Three Wise Guys

I didn’t think I would get around to reviewing any holiday films starring wrestlers this holiday season but I managed to change that last night. I’ve had my copy of Three Wise Guys for quite some time but never got around to  it.

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Three Wise Guys is about three hired men who work for a crooked casino owner, Murray Crown, played by Tom Arnold (Roseanne). They are hired to find a guy named Jake Marley who has information that could ruin his business. The Three Wise Guys are played by Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, and Nicholas Turturro (The Longest Yard). They happen to run across a young lady named Mary Ann Davidson, who is pregnant. She robs them after they help her. Turns out Murray also wants her to be found as well, as she is supposedly pregnant with his child. This leads to the wise guys searching for Mary and her child much like the nativity story of the bible. Three Wise Guys also stars the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (WWE, WCW) as Pastor Roberts, who along with his wife gives shelter to Mary. He is charming in this part, it may be a small role but I really do enjoy Piper’s bit parts in films. He was quite an actor and I am always amazed at his ability to bring characters to life. Any chance I get to watch a performance of his is sure to be a highlight of my day. This film is a nice little made for TV movie; it’s a mostly family friendly affair, albeit it does have some violence. I found it be an extremely charming holiday film. It largely takes place in the desert as it takes place in the areas surrounding Las Vegas, Nevada. I thought with the amount of star power in the film that perhaps the rest of the aspects of the film would suffer but that was not the case. If you enjoy made for TV holiday fare, you may very well enjoy Three Wise Guys. It is available to rent through Amazon Video and can be bought on DVD on Amazon and Ebay as well for cheap. I hope everyone has a happy holiday.

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I’d also like to remind everyone that I do sometimes write for B&S About Movies. I have a few recent holiday centered film reviews available there. I recently reviewed Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride for the site and was surprised to find out that it features Benny Benzino, a retired wrestler from Ohio,  as a bouncer. I also reviewed the film Santa Jaws, featuring a Santa hat wearing killer shark from a comic book that comes to life!

Deck the Halls with Bau(tista)s of Holly: Escape Plan 2: Hades

Covering movies that star Dave Bautista this holiday season has been a fun little project. I had no idea that he had almost half a dozen films he was in released this year! I’ll be covering Escape Plan 2: Hades today but first a little blurb about Escape Plan which was released 5 years ago in 2013. Escape Plan is about a security specialist, Ray Breslin, who is incarcerated in prisons throughout the country to test if they are prone to escapes. Ray is played by Sylvester Stallone. He is hired to test the security of a black-site prison that governments disappear people to but things go wrong. It’s a fun movie and really well done. It also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Rottmayer, a prisoner, who helps Ray. I thought it would be odd to just cover the 2nd film without touching on the first but Escape Plan also stars Benjamin Wood as a member of Rottmayer’s gang. Benjamin wrestled in WWE’s developmental territory OVW as Outlaw Ben Woods. Escape Plan also features stunt work by professional wrestler, Luke Hawx.

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Escape Plan 2: Hades takes place in a technological marvel of a prison, Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as Ray Breslin, now head of his own security company. His team is incarcerated one by one in a strange and highly technological prison, called Hades, where prisoners are forced to fight one another for privileges. Dave Bautista plays a former associate of Ray’s named Trent DeRosa, who is a jack of all trades privy to connections with some seedy folks. He isn’t in the movie a lot but his character is someone I would like to see more of. This may happen in Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station which will be released sometime next year. It seems that Escape Plan 2 wasn’t very well received but I enjoyed the heck out of it. It took the concepts from Escape Plan and turned the dial to max. It was very pleasing visually, the soundtrack was excellent, and the story decent. I don’t expect every movie to be a masterpiece but if it entertains me then it has accomplished what I want a movie to do and Escape Plan 2: Hades was highly entertaining. I recommend this films to all fans of movies set in prisons, fans of action, and fans of Stallone and Bautista. I’m actually kind of eager to see what they can do with the Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station now. For two movies I knew very little about going into this week, I came out with a renewed interest for Stallone and Scharwzenegger. As for Bautista, I’ll continue to see everything I can with him in it as he is quickly becoming a favorite to watch.

 

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I’d also like to plug some of my other writing endeavors as I write for the site B&S About Movies, a blog run by Pittsburgh wrestler, Shirley Doe (Sam Panico). Sam has become a great friend and I love messaging him about our newest film discoveries and our shared obsession with Italian director Lucio Fulci and Italian horror films in general.  This month I have a bunch of reviews up, mostly Christmas related horror film reviews but also a review of Shadow Warriors Assault on Devil’s Island, starring Hulk Hogan for lost TV week.

Deck the Halls with Bau(tista)s of Holly: Hotel Artemis

The Christmas season can be brutal but can it be as unforgivingly violent as the Clearwater Riots of 2028 as depicted by our feature today, Hotel Artemis? I certainly hope not because it was one wild night for the city of Los Angeles.

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Hotel Artemis is about a hotel that caters to injured criminals, it is run by “the Nurse”, Jean Thomas, who is played by Jodie Foster and her assistant, Everest, portrayed by Dave Bautista (Batista, WWE). They are having a very busy night at the hotel with criminals of all ilks showing up. A band of thieves, led by Sherman and his brother Lev have decided to rob a high profile bank but the vault has proved to be quite a hassle. Instead of getting into the vault they take what the common household assistants have brought to stowaway for their billionaire bosses. On the way out, one of Lev steals a fancy pen, even after being told he does not want it. They attempt to escape into the riot filled streets but are met with resistance by the riot police, one is killed and three are harmed, of the four, Lev is is critically injured. Sherman makes a call to the Artemis to bring his severely hurt brother Lev there. The hotel, usually a safe house is anything but this particular night. The pen that Lev has stolen happens to belong to a crime boss, “The Wolf King” Orion Franklin, Jeff Goldblum.  Orion has a particular way of dealing with those who steal from him, drowning them in the ocean. The hotel becomes a war zone when we find out that one of the patrons of the Artemis has come to kill an important mark. To say anymore would spoil the movie. Batista is excellent as Everest, his hulking frame more suited to being a henchman than a nurse’s assistant, but he takes his profession in healthcare seriously. Everest is also the Nurse’s right hand man at the hotel; handling repairs, unruly patrons, and anything else that might need done. Among the many colorful characters that come to take shelter at the Artemis and those already occupying it, Everest, was my favorite. He is not the main focus of the film, but in my opinion is still a major character. Hotel Artemis is a stylish film, set in the near future, with stunning visuals. The plot is interesting and I felt the whole movie came together well. I wish I could spend more time in the reality the film brings to life and I would recommend it to folks who are fans of thrillers and action flicks alike.

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From left to right, the Nurse (Jodie Foster) and Everest (Dave Bautista)

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Happy Holi-Daves: Eight Legged Freaks

Of my ever growing collection of wrestlers appearing in films and TV, my small section of movies that star David Arquette are some of my favorites. He is most famously known as Deputy Dewey from the Scream franchise and for having held, albeit briefly, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000 after filming Ready to Rumble. I find it fascinating that a fan of wrestling who happened to be an actor had a very small title run. Although David Arquette wasn’t a huge fan of the idea of holding the title, I thought it was a neat legacy for him to have and without that short stint in WCW, I wouldn’t even be writing about him on this blog. More recently David Arquette has been spotlighted in the sports entertainment world, his feud with RJ City leading to a handful of appearances including a death match with Nick Gage. I thought it would be fun to cover some films from Arquette’s ever growing fimography during the holiday season.

 

I’ve watched a lot of movies since becoming more than just a casual film fan and not all of them turn out to be gold, however, I find it important to find some good in each movie I watch. What is the point of being a fan of films if we’re not ready to experience a film with a positive attitude and the hope to enjoy it? Granted we’re not going to love every film we see but we can at least try to find some enjoyment in everything we watch. This may seem like an out of place statement and may even come across as ranting but not everything I review here on this blog is a mega million dollar budget film and it is important I not lose sight of why I have undertaken an endeavor to see every film that stars a wrestler I can find.

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Well I’m sure that’s enough proselytizing so on to the feature for today, Eight Legged Freaks. Eight Legged Freaks is about Chris McCormick, played by David Arquette, who comes back to his hometown of Prosperity, Arizona, to stop the sale of the family mine to a large chemical company that has been using the town for storage. It just so happens that the same chemical company has truck drivers hauling loads of dangerous chemical who are afraid to hit rabbits with their trucks. Upon losing control of his vehicle a driver loses a canister of toxic chemicals that falls into the nearby body of water. There is an exotic spider breeder and salesman who lives near the site of the accident who has been feeding his spiders crickets from around the water. Why he is skimming crickets, who are terrestrial insects, out of water is never explained but we don’t need explanations because this movie is B-Movie goodness through and through. The spiders, upon ingesting the crickets are growing at a rapid pace and soon become so large that they eat the arachnid collector, Joshua, played by Tom Noonan. They then skitter off into the nearby McCormick Mines. The spiders wreak havoc on the town first by eating neighborhood animals and then by attacking the townsfolk. This movie is all I could want and more when it comes to a movie about giant spiders, I’m a fan of the older monster movies with gigantic insects and the like terrorizing towns, such as Them and Empire of the Ants.

 

David Arquette is an excellent actor. He’s played cops, goofy teenagers obssessed with wrestling, military privates who smoke marijuana, and more throughout his 28 year career in film. His portrayal of Chris in this movie is quite enjoyable being an average Joe who encounters an extraordinary circumstance, giant spiders. Chris is able to step up and help to eradicate these eight legged freaks and Arquette is perfect in his role in my opinion.  Scarlett Johansson is also in this film as Ashley Parker, the daughter of the sheriff, Samantha Parker, played by Kari Wuhrer. Kari also starred in 1997’s Anaconda, another giant animal film. All in all you can’t go wrong checking out Eight Legged Freaks, it’s a perfect mixture of tense and funny. The graphics of the spiders are a bit dated but it added to my enjoyment of the film. Grab some chocolate covered crickets, beer and get ready for a fun flick!

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Deck the Halls with Bau(tista)s of Holly: Final Score

Let’s face it the holiday season isn’t for everyone, even with all the bright colored lights, cheery music, and mass amounts of sweets, some just don’t like it. I didn’t always enjoy the holiday season myself. Well I’ll be doing something a bit different with this and maybe some future entries during these holiday weeks. I’ll be covering some non Christmas themed movies with maybe a small smattering of Christmas ones mixed in.

 

If you haven’t been able to tell from the title of this piece I’ll be reviewing a film starring someone who has become a bit of a juggernaut in Hollywood, Dave Bautista. Bautista, worked for many years in World Wrestling Entertainment and has had roles in films since around 2009. He’s been getting more and more opportunities since portraying Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is great news for me because it means more movies to watch and enjoy.

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In Final Score, Bautista plays a weary, and distant, U.S. Army member, Michael Knox, who visits a late army buddy’s family in England often. He has come to see his friend’s wife and her daughter Danni. He wants to take Danni to a football game between the West Hamm FC and Dynamo FC. Dynamo FC is from Russia, where as the beginning of the movie tells us the State of Sokovia has been in unrest since a failed revolution for independence seventeen years prior. This is especially interesting as Sokovia is a fictional country in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which Bautista is a part of. A former Sokovian general, Arkady has come to the stadium to further his politics of the revolution. This includes rigging a large portion of the stadium to blow with c4 and offing a lot of security staff in an attempt to find his brother, believed by most to be dead. Unfortunately for Arkady, Knox is at the game and his niece, Danni is missing. This leads to Knox discovering that something is awfully wrong at the game.

Most of the characters we have seen Bautista  play on screen are stereotypical big muscle guy roles, which isn’t always a bad thing, in fact I think his physique helps his characters come to life. It is quite hard though to connect with an audience if all you have to offer, however,  is your physicality to roles. Thankfully for us, Bautista brings a lot of emotion to his role as Michael Knox, with his need to protect the daughter of a man he couldn’t protect when he should have been able to. Although it feels like he needs redemption, you can tell he also genuinely cares for Danni.

 

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This movie has a lot of action, and some pretty great effects as well in it. Of special note in the film is a fight in a very small elevator, and an extended tussle in a kitchen. The kitchen encounter is probably my favorite as the effects really shine when a deep fryer comes into play. The villains, mostly two dimensional, are still unique enough to catch your attention, especially Vlad, played by Martyn Ford, and Tatiana, played by Alexandra Dinu. General Arkady is portrayed by one of my favorite actors since college, Ray Stevenson, if you’re not familiar with him I suggest checking out the horror movie Outpost, which is tons of fun and partly responsible for the slew of Nazi zombie far that flooded the market for a while. I’m pretty sure at the beginning of the movie when they show archival footage of Arkady it is actually a still from Outpost. I really enjoyed Final Score and if you’re looking to pad out your holiday viewing with some non holiday fare, I suggest checking out Final Score.

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Archival footage of Arkady as played by Ray Stevenson. Still is quite possibly from the film Outpost.

Lucha-Horror: Santo En La Venganza De La Momia Azteca

For the past few years I’ve participated in a little friendly competition called the Halloween Horror Movie Marathon Madness over on Facebook. Every year there is a theme and points are based on movie length and elements present in the movies. This year’s theme is Holiday horror movies and horror anthologies. Although I won’t be entirely writing about films in theme for my October posts, it wouldn’t quite feel right not mentioning it.

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I’ve been interested in Mexican culture since I was about 5 years old. I started taking Spanish lessons when very young, however, I’m still not proficient at all in the language. In the early 2000’s I came across a lucha libre show on satellite television and I was wholly fascinated. It wasn’t until many years later that I got into wrestling and researched lucha libre more fully.  The 60’s saw an explosion in the popularity of lucha libre in Mexico and like most things that are popular they seep into other parts of culture and in this instance it was cinema. Santo was and still is an extremely well known luchador and he also happened to become a major force on screen. He was in a large handful of films before his death.

Santo En La Venganza De La Momia from 1971 is about a professor who commissions an expedition to find the tomb of an Aztec prince to recover treasure, among those hired for the expedition is Santo. The movie opens up with a lucha bout between Santo, his tag partner, Rebelde Rojo, and Gori Casanova, his tag partner Dik Angelo. I always enjoy the matches shown in the films that star luchadors. It could be some of the only footage of the golden era matches. Dik Angelo actually lost his mask against Santo in a Lucha De Apuesta (a fight with wager) in 1968.

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We cut to the professor’s office with Santo jaw jacking with the expedition team. It’s not long before they head out to find the treasure. After finding a guide, a grandfather, and his grandson Agapito (played by Santo’s son) they make their way through the jungle. They happen to come across a black panther and after a warning from Santo proceed on their way. Unfortunately, the panther was lying in wait and attacks Santo, who then wrestles the panther. It’s not a fake panther either, he literally is wrestling a panther. It’s a sight I was not prepared to see. They make it to the crypt and find the mummy which is actually a quite ghastly piece of effects. The guide warns of the curse of the Aztec prince and that he will return if his resting place is disturbed. That is what exactly happens too, the mummified prince returns to hunt down members of the expedition, including Agapito’s lovingly superstitious grandfather. There’s a twist in this film that I was not expecting but it doesn’t detract from the movie’s enjoyment. There is also another match in this movie where Santo fights Goliat Ayala.

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If you’re a fan of lucha libre, genre films, Mexican pop culture, or any combination of the three, I recommend this film. Stay tuned for some more lucha-horror and other films starring wrestlers throughout the month.

 

On a side note I was able to go to a lucha libre show in Pittsburgh, Pa the past month. I met Shocker and Rey Bucanero there. You may know Shocker from Total Non Stop Action Wrestling or CMLL. I have been a fan of his since I started watching lucha and to meet him was wonderful! You can catch a replay of the event titled Lucha Fiesta on Fite Tv. Some of the stars that were on the show were Caristico (Sin Cara), Ultimo Dragon, Sam Adonis, and Joel Gertner (ECW)

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The Women’s Revolution Playing on a Screen Near You: The House of Him

This week sees the premiere of the 2nd World Wrestling Entertainment’s Mae Young Classic. It’s a tournament where 32 of the world’s premier female athletes compete to win the honor of being crowned the victor of the tournament. I have been a fan of wrestling for about 4 years; I’ve been following many of the amazing female talent who wrestle both on the independent circuits and in places like Impact Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment for just as long. I’ve decided to focus on the many kick ass ladies who have graced not only the squared circle but the silver screen as well for the next week or so.

 

I thought I’d kick off this feature with a film that I’m not certain many folks are aware of, The House of Him. The House of Him after debuting at the Glasgow Film Festival released on October 31, 2014 in both the United Kingdom and United States through the Vimeo Video on Demand service. The House of Him is about a misogynistic serial killer who targets women exclusively. He has invited a couple girls to his house for a wee bit of bullshit when something strange starts occurring in his home. Is a ghostly apocalypse descending on his neighborhood or has something even worse come to visit the film’s villain? The House of Him

The House of Him stars a few wrestlers from Glasgow based wrestling promotion Insane Championship Wrestling, namely Carmel Jacob, Jack Jester, and Isla Dawn. You may be familiar with Isla Dawn as she wrestled as Stacy Coates in a match against Asuka at a WWE Raw in Manchester, England and she is a participant in the upcoming UK Women’s tourney that WWE is putting on. Although Isla Dawn doesn’t have much of a screen presence in this film and features as a disembodied voice, it is still very much a must see. Carmel Jacob held the ICW Fierce Females title but retired from in ring competition in 2016. Jack Jester stills wrestles at ICW and is also a wrestling coach. If you haven’t heard of ICW I suggest you check them out for some fun wrestling. Some of their alumni are doing some pretty cool things in the wrestling world, both Kaylee Ray and Piper Niven were in the first Mae Young Classic and have continued to compete internationally. Although these wrestlers only make cursory appearances in The House of Him, the movie stands on its own with their minor. Isla Dawn’s sister Louise Stewart plays one of the two main roles in the film as Anna, Him’s latest victim. Her performance was great and I hope to see more from her in the future.

The House of Him is an independent film and is largely confined to one setting, Him’s house. I am simply amazed at what they were able to achieve with this film. It’s a taut, mysterious slasher film turned on its head and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in horror or films that star wrestlers no matter how minimal their roles may seem. This film is masterfully crafted and satisfactory from beginning to end. It may seem a little daunting for some folks as the Scottish English sometimes is a bit harder to understand for folks not familiar with it’s dialectical nuances. I sometimes have a hard time grasping at what is said in some films where it is used but this one isn’t too hard to handle. Honestly the less I say about this film the more you are bound to enjoy it. You can watch the film on Amazon Prime.

Jack Jester House of Him

Jack Jester

Carmel Jacob House of Him

Carmel Jacob

Louise Stewart House of Him

Louise Stewart

Isla Dawn

Isla Dawn