LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE MONSTERS (1962)
aka Caperucita y Pulgarcito contra los monstruos
Article 5109 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Roberto Rodriguez
Featuring Maria Gracia, Cesareo Quezadas ‘Pulgarcito’, Jose Elias Moreno
What it is: What Vincent Price saw when he took LSD in THE TINGLER
When the villagers are all turned to animals, and the Big Bag Wolf and the ogre are sentenced to death by a jury of monsters, Little Red Riding Hood, Tom Thumb and Stinky the Skunk join forces to save the world from the minions of evil. It’s a musical.
The first movie of the series (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD) was a brain-frying excursion into the bizarre world of the Mexican children’s movie. The second movie (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND HER FRIENDS) was relatively sedate and even had something in the way of a coherent plot. This one reverts to form by diving back into brain-frying grotesquerie, with more monsters than you can shake a stick at, bizarre comic antics between the ogre and the wolf, and the usual assortment of songs. The monsters include Frankenstein, a vampire, a werewolf, a pair of siamese twins, a pinhead named Carrothead, a wind monster that can blow hurricanes, a child-catcher who looks for all the world like Torgo from MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, a fire-breathing dragon, a robot, and a pair of witches. The dubbing is awful, and the voice given to the skunk will make you want to tear your ears off. It all unfolds a manic pace and leaves your mouth hanging open in astonishment. And, in its own warped way, it’s about as creepy a movie as you’re likely to see. Not recommended for those teetering on the brink of sanity.