Zombie Beach Party (2003) 1 brain1 brain

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Enter... Zombie King!

On the scale of camp, Mexican wrestling films have to be some of the highest, and zombie films have potential for great camp as well. Put them together in an independent film, and, well, Zombie Beach Party is about what you would expect. I don't watch a lot of Mexican wrestling films. The only one I've seen that's listed on this site is Santo and Blue Demon against the Monsters, so I don't know if the characters in this movie already existed or were wrestlers that the writers made up, but they've got the right sounding names. You have Ulysses (the hero; Jules Delorme), Tiki (the loner; Rob "El Fuego" Etchevarria), Blue Saint (the young hothead; Raymond Carle), and the Zombie King (Nicholas Sinn), a once-good wrestler who has turned to evil.

In this world, zombies have apparently been a problem for quite a while, but nobody knows what to do about them, or where they come from. They mostly stay in the wild, attacking people who have strayed off the beaten path, but occasionally they come into the city and attack people behind night clubs. Ulysses is driving to meet his young friend Blue Saint and Blue Saint's sister Mercedes (Jennifer Thorn) to discuss the problem. Unbeknownst to them, renegade wrestler Tiki has captured a few zombies and domesticated them so he can wrestle them for a show. When a girl turns up dead behind the club the show was in, Tiki is initially blamed, but Ulysses has his doubts. Eventually, their investigation leads them to the Zombie King, who is planning to take over the world with his army of zombies.

The acting is generally bad, and the action sequences range from typical pro-wrestling level to badly choreographed farces, but as with the other Mexican wrestling movies I've seen, there's something so disarming about goofballs in masks that you're more tolerant than usual. The focus in the movie is on the wrestling instead of the zombies, but there's still plenty of zombie action, and the effects are pretty good. It's a fun movie to watch, but it has it's flaws and it's ultimately forgettable. Die-hard Mexican wrestling fans may get more out of it than I did.