Thursday, February 15, 2018

Juan Valentin's Revenge.

Black Magic is no bueno. It is sacrilegious. Immoral. Dumb. Weird. Evil. Sometimes though, when you're desperate for vengeance and you can't do anything for yourself, forces beyond us is the only way to get these things done.

It all starts before a party (usually) when Humberto (Noe Murayama) meets with his bro in law Ruben (Juan Valentin) to attend a party. They meet with a colleague of theirs named Don Julian. Don Julian is an old man who practices Black Magic and talks scary. He'll tell both Humberto and Ruben about their personal issues and say he's not going to live long on this planet for long. Weird, huh?
As the party goes on, Ruben and Humberto drink, mess around with weird ladies and get annoyed with Don Julian's odd behavior. When they leave the party, Humberto accidentally hits a guy crossing the street. Don Julian once again annoys Humberto and ends up killing the old fool. Ruben is passed out drunk in the car and left by himself as if he caused the murders (uh-oh!).

Ruben lands in jail and Humberto tries hard to convince him that he was responsible for the accident. Ruben has no memory of this and believes he didn't do anything and is being framed by Humberto who actually did the accident & murder. Pissed off & not getting out of jail anytime soon; he befriends his cellmate who has a lady friend that practices black magic. She's a scary ol' broad, too. Eyes practically popping out of her head, black headband covering her head & ghoulish old lady makeup on.

Black Magic lady agrees to help Ruben, so she has him do a out of body thing where he walks out of the jail and scares Humberto in his room. Afterwards, Ruben sends Humberto's daughter a blonde doll that has a power to suck the life out of someone. The doll does this by moving its eyes around & worms coming in & out of its ears. As this goes on, Humberto's daughter is practically dying. Ruben's vengeance is completing, but vengeance comes with a high price! Oh, yes!

What can I say? Venganza Diabolica (aka Diabolical Vengeance) is one weird ass movie. The whole feel to the movie is just odd. It feels cheap, yet sorta creepy in an uncomfortable way. The Black Magic lady made me uncomfortable. She reminds me of all those old mean mexican ladies I had to deal with as a child. Even now sorta. Makes me wonder if they themselves practice black magic. Special effects are typical 80's-90's cheesiness. Fog machines, half-lit rooms, etc. How they got a worm to come in & out of a doll head is beyond me though. I feel that took forever to film. Awkward, too. Juan Valentin is in the movie and yes he sings. Not a big song number though. Just a short singing scene at the party. I was very surprised by that since he sings in every single movie and takes up at least 15-20 minutes out of the movie with songs about hearts fluttering and then breaking (naturally). In this case though, there was no romance in the movie. Just pure hatred and darkness. one sex scene though.

A recommended watch on a Tuesday night. Why Tuesday? Cause its a boring day and a boring night so you gotta filled that boredom with Juan Valentin, Noe Murayama, black magic and dolls with worms inside it. 4/10.

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