Wrestlemaniac (also known as El Mascarado Massacre) is a 2006 American slasher film written and directed by Jesse Baget and starring Rey Misterio Sr..

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Directed byJesse Baget
Written byJesse Baget
Produced byChris Moore
Jake Schmidt
StarringRey Misterio Sr.
Irwin Keyes
Leyla Milani
CinematographyTabbert Filler
Edited byJesse Baget
Music byJim Lang
The Film Fund
Blue Cactus Pictures
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment
Release date
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot Edit

On their way to Cabo San Lucas, the cast and crew of a low-budget film get lost and come upon La Sangre De Dios, a ghost town with a spine-tingling legend about an insane Mexican wrestler. The leader of the pack and first time director, Alphonse, likes the town's gritty appearance and decides it would be the perfect setting for his film. The crew positions the camera and snaps on the lights. When Alphonse yells "Action!", it arouses the famous and now insane Luchador, "El Mascarado", who begins a game of his own. One by one, the cast and crew are snatched, beaten and dragged to a bloody death. The few left alive must figure out how to beat the wrestler at his own deadly game, or die trying.

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Home media Edit

Wrestlemaniac was released on DVD by Revolver Entertainment on April 30, 2007. It was later released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on March 11, 2008.[1]

Reception Edit

Daryl Loomis of DVD Verdict gave the film a negative review, in his summary of the film he stated, "Had Wrestlemaniac taken place in its intended location and had the cast and crew more time to put the film together, it likely would have been far better. As it stands, there's very little to like here. I appreciate the director's love of low-budget filmmaking, and his brutal honesty in the commentary is welcome, but there are too many holes to recommend to anybody who isn't suckered in by the wrestling and horror combination".[2] Steve Barton of Dread Central rated the film a score of 3.5 out of 5, calling it "cheesy fun".[3] Andrew Smith from Popcorn Pictures gave the film a score of 5/10, writing, "In this current fad of torture, sadism and being as authentic and serious as possible, it’s nice to see a film come along with no designs on being anything than just a fun slasher. Wrestlemaniac is an enjoyable timewaster with a decent villain and some decent moments."[4]

Sequel Edit

The film's director Jesse Baget stated in an interview with Bloody Good Horror that he plans of filming a sequel for the film stating "I definitely have some ideas for a sequel and I have a couple other projects that I’m getting underway, but I would definitely like to come back to it, just because I think with a slightly bigger budget … there’s just so much more we could do with the Mexican Wrestling concept. You know, put him on some motorcycles, have some midget fights. there’s a lot to do with it. And I’d want to make it a little more of an action horror, just a real bloody action kind of film rather than so much of a slasher film that it was this time”.[5]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Wrestlemaniac (2006) - Jesse Baget". Allmovie.com. Allmovie. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ Loomis, Daryl (11 March 2008). "DVD Verdict Review - Wrestlemaniac". DVD Verdict.com. Daryl Loomis. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  3. ^ Barton, Steve (11 March 2008). "Wrestlemaniac (DVD) - Dread Central". Dread Central.com. Steve Barton. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  4. ^ Smith, Andrew. "Wrestlemaniac (2006)". Popcorn Pictures.co.uk. Andrew Smith. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Wrestlemaniac Director Talks Sequel - Dread Central". Dread Central. Syxx. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2014.

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