Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Happy Cinco de Mayo everybody! I’m not much of a basketball fan, but I have to say that I think it’s pretty awesome that the Phoenix Suns, now facing the Spurs in Round Two of the NBA playoffs, are wearing “Los Suns” jerseys today in solidarity against SB1070 (Scumbag Bill 1070).

In that same spirit…

Monster-of-the-Week: …here’s a special one-day-early edition of MOTW featuring a Mexican monster: Baron Vitelius d’Estera, title character of 1962’s El Baron del Terror, known to us gringos as The Brainiac. This perfectly wonderful South-of-the-Border spookshow stars Abel Salazar in the title role, a 17th-Century Mexican nobleman who is burned at the stake for dabbling in witchcraft. As he dies he vows revenge on the descendants of his persecutors when the comet overhead returns, & he’s as good as his word—he shows up in early 1960s Mexico City, & starts shape-shifting into a hideous ogre with a long snaky forked tongue handy to extract the grey matter of his victims...

Maybe he’s behind the empty skulls of the Arizona State Legislature.

The film is available on DVD; here’s a sample of its mayhem.

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