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The Curse Of El Charro [DVD]

Andrew Bryniarski , Heidi Androl , Rich Ragsdale    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Actors: Andrew Bryniarski, Heidi Androl, Brian Avery, Philip Boyd, Gary Bullock
  • Directors: Rich Ragsdale
  • Producers: Ryan R. Johnson, Kevin Ragsdale
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000803PSG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Low-budget horror about four college girls who are terrorized by the spirit of El Charro, an evil 18th-century land baron who slaughtered the family of a young woman who had spurned his romantic advances.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lemmy As God. 1 Aug 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bit of a well-worn storyline here with El Charro returning from the dead to seek revenge, it's OK, with the now obligatory (if short) lesbian romp in the shower and a brief appearance of Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister as 'God.' Most are aware he's God anyway, so this is a 'not bad' film rather than a 'must see' and will attract Lemmy fans more than anything else, as he seems to be the film's saving grace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The real curse is wasting 90 minutes of your life watching this film 29 Dec 2010
By Michael J. Tresca - Published on
It's easy to be cynical about slasher movies. The fetishization of women, the sex, the violence - par for the course, but horror movie fans know that many movies rise above these tropes. For every female that is fetishized there's the Final Girl who defeats the boogieman; for every oversexed character there's a morality message about abstinence; for every violent attack there's...well okay slasher movies ARE pretty violent.

The Curse of El Charro is every ridiculous stereotype rolled into one. It's that bad.

It starts with Maria (Drew Mia), haunted by the same nightmares that caused her sister to commit suicide. Maria spends the entire movie moping. She mopes about not having many friends, mopes about being at parties, and mopes about El Charro trying to claim her soul. We know that El Charro plans to claim Maria as his bride in hell because there's a movie-within-a-movie silent film that spells this out in black-and-white. Narration? Plot? The Curse of El Charro gives up any stagecraft and just tells the audience what's going on.

In orbit around Maria are three party favors: sex-bomb Tanya (Kathryn Taylor), goth drug-addict Rose (KellyDawn Malloy), and nice girl Chris (Heidi Androl). Not one of them has any redeeming qualities whatsoever. Rose gleefully distributes drugs to Maria even though she's clearly psychotic, Tanya never shuts up about having sex, and Chris is guilty of being the sole intelligent human being who exercises terrible judgment in men, friends, and vacation spots.

The slasher isn't even interesting. El Charro is a guy in a trench coat, broad-brimmed hat, and wields a machete. He has a bit of zombie-style makeup, but mostly he trudges through undergrowth. The most interesting thing about Charro is that he's voiced by Danny Trejo, who isn't anywhere in this film.

You could rationalize that the reason this movie is so carnally shallow is because Charro's lust-object chose a life of pious service to God over the sins of the flesh. But that's letting it off the hook. The real curse here is wasting 90 minutes of your life watching this film.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 88 Minutes Down the Crapper 30 Dec 2007
By J. Broadbent - Published on
First, I feel misled by the cast listing, which said Danny Trejo was in the movie. Wrong! He appears nowhere and is just the "voice" of El Charro.
The movie itself was horrible. The characters were caricatures, the plot (if you can call it that) was laughable, especially the ending, the killings were lame, and don't even get me started with the "vision/exposition via silent movie."
There were only 2 scenes I will remember (hence my review isn't titled 91 Minutes Down the Crapper): the brief scenes with Britney, whose foul mouth probably garnered the R-rating by itself (but it was funny), and the scene that takes place at 1:17.
Note that the only 5-star review here was submitted by the director. I watched this on cable, and I wanted to like the movie, but I wouldn't recommend spending money to rent or buy it.
1.0 out of 5 stars makes other horror movies look like feminist manifestos 6 Mar 2014
By L. Jay - Published on
One of the most ridiculous and stereotypically sexist horror movies of all time. Plus, like other reviewers have said, everything is spelled out in advance. I would have kind of liked the silent film "vision" thing, but even the written dialogue in that section was so expositional and overdone it ruins it. All the main characters are women, but none of them are anything but "types" and props for the guy's agendas. Really offensive.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst horror movie made... 17 Oct 2007
By NS - Published on
This movie was only 91 minutes long, thank goodness. Otherwise I would not have watched it.

Done in a typical slasher genre, this movie has to be the worst ever made. You should not be rooting for the killer! You count down the minutes for each annoying character to die.

Not recommended - boring and not scary. And most of all, no tension.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror film 2 Dec 2012
By TyWebb - Published on
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Hysterical terrifying and monumental in the genre.... Great direction unique and storytelling. Will be looking out for future films. Had me laughing and then screaming
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