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Cast: Leyla Razzari, Rey Misterio Sr.

Director(s): Jesse Baget

Genre: Horror

Year: 2008

Rating: NR

On their way to Caba San Lucas, the cast and crew of a low-budget film get lost and come upon "La Sangre De Dios", a ghost town with a spine-tingling legend about an insane Mexican wrestler. The leader of the pack and first time director, Alphonse, likes the town's gritty appearance and decides it would be the perfect setting for his film. The crew positions the camera and snaps on the lights. When Alphonse yells "Action!", it arouses the famous and now insane Luchador, "El Mascarado", who begins a game of his own. One by one, the cast and crew are snatched, beaten and dragged to a bloody death. The few left alive must figure out how to beat the wrestler at his own deadly game, or die trying.

For a low-budget slasher film this has a lot going for it. For starters it will not only draw fans of horror but also those that enjoy wrestling will be curious as well. Also the film has a nice mix of humor and horror, yes this is pretty bloody and the make-up effects are very nicely done. This is Director Jesse Baget's first time behind the camera and I have to have I was impressed with with his debut. The film is well paced and the humor and gore fit nicely together, also there's a little softcore tossed in for the guys but it's all in fun and never really offends. I was really interested in seeing this film as it seemed different and original and I wasn't disappointed at all. The acting was very good and the Rey Misterio Sr. even without ever speaking in the film is very good as well, the lighting used really makes him seem much more creepy. Wrestlemaniac has everything a fan of Indie horror wants, humor,suspense and yes lots of blood along the way plus the story is well crafter providing with nice twists as well along the way. I enjoyed the ending as well as it didn't have a typical Hollywood finish to it. The plot is straight forward, no real surprise there but this is a above average film for it's genre and it does bring some freshness to the genre as well. If your a fan of horror your going to want to pick this title up today as it's an entertaining blood-bath. The DVD comes with Special Features that include:

Widescreen Presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Teaser Trailer

Audio Commentary with Co-Executive Producer/Writer/Editor/Director Jesse Baget, Director of Photography Tabbert Fiiller and Actor Adam Huss

Wrestling The Maniac: Behind-The-Scenes Of WRESTLEMANIAC

Released by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. *** 1/3 Out Of *****