LOS CANALLAS (1968)
aka The Scoundrels
Article 2298 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-11-2007
Posting Date: 11-27-2007
Directed by Federico Curiel
Featuring Mil Mascaras, Regina Tome, Manolo Munoz
A wrestler must contend with an evil woman and an escaped convict who wants to wrestle him.
Once again I find myself contending with a Mexican wrestler movie in Spanish without the benefit of dubbing or subtitles, so many of the plot details are lost on me. The above plot description is vague and may be inaccurate, but that’s what I got out of it. The wrestler this time is Mil Mascaras, whose name means “Man of 1000 Masks”, and though he doesn’t wear a thousand during the length of the movie, he changes masks frequently; as a real-life wrestler, he apparently never wrestled in the same mask twice. For what it’s worth, he certainly seems to be in better shape than Santo. The only fantastic content I was able to notice was a voodoo ceremony in the middle of the movie, though I suspect it really doesn’t have much of an effect on the plot. And for fans of the wrestling, there’s four matches during the course of the movie. And if you prefer musical numbers to wrestling scenes, you can always go for a Neutron movie instead.