La momia nacianol (1981)

aka The National Mummy
Article 3742 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-31-2011
Posting Date: 11-12-2011
Directed by Jose Ramon Larraz
Featuring Francisco Algora, Quique Camoiras, Azucena Capullo
Country: Spain
What it is: Monster mash

Nitwits encounter monsters. Comic mayhem ensues.

I’m assuming the title has some comic meaning in Spain; it certainly doesn’t when translated into English. For the record, the copy I have of this movie is in unsubtitled Spanish. One of the first scenes of the movie has a man staring lustily at a woman’s bosom; a minute or so later his nether regions have an encounter with the woman’s swinging purse. That should give you a level of the humor here, and the rest of the movie features a great deal of nudity. On top of the mummy in the title, we also have a bunch of vampires, a werewolf, and axe murderess to contend with in the horror department. Most of the humor seems to involve sex. The oddest moment has a man working with a midget to kill a vampire. The man holds up with the obligatory cross; the vampire counters with a hammer and sickle, and the midget counters back with a swastika, so I’m assuming there’s some political humor here as well. It has a rating of 5.4 on IMDB, and that seems to indicate that there are those out there who more or less appreciate this one. Me, I found it alternately impenetrable and crude.

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