Mexico's own Aztec auteurs -- filmmakers like Chano Huerta ("El Espejo de la Bruja"), Carlos Enrique Taboada ("El Libro de Piedra"), Felipe Cazals ("Canoa"), Juan Lopez Moctezuma ("Alucarda"), Rene Cardona Jr.("Tintorera"), Cristian Gonzalez ("The Zodiac Killer") and Guillermo Del Toro ("Cronos") -- have been essential in Mexico's own visual history of the fantastic.Dozens of newsstands and libraries, plus the local mom-and-pop video stores insured that Mexican Gen-Xers grew up consuming America's pop culture and it's indie roots, including B-movies, sleaze, horror, and the macabre from publications like "Famous Monsters of Filmland" and "Gorezone" magazine, and from writers like Tim Lucas and Pete Tombs.
Editing with two VCR's and creating our own stars, like actor Hector Jimenez ("Nacho Libre") and our own cult short-films like "Omega Shell," we started to make films about our everyday life, the contradictory chaos of the city; sex and religion, the comprehensible and the esoteric, the uncivilized and the technology, pleasure and pain, English and Español and most of all, the culture of violence.
On screen, most of the subjects mix the aesthetics of many genre and sub-genres of the fantastic -- like cyber-punk, surrealism, steam-punk, and science fiction. I'm not sure, but if you asked about influences, in Mexico's academic system, filmmakers answer with cliches like Federico Fellini and Jean-Luc Godard.
Low budget B-movie producers produced action-packed sexploitation films with the legion of new stars emerging after the demise of the Mexican Golden Age Cinema.
From badass Mario Almada movies to ultra sexy Lyn May vehicles, the city was presented as sensationalistic, with border cliches like prostitutes, drugs, illegals, violence and the downtown bar scene populating the new genre.
Third world rebels were experimenting with old broken super 8 and 16mm cameras and videotape, similar to New York's transgression movement.
Directors like Fran Ilich, Giancarlo Ruiz, Omar Ynigo and myself, started what would become known as the DIY movement from the 00's down in Baja.México's has been called a land of mystery and magic.It's ancient myths and tales of folklore have influenced a whole culture through writers, painters, photographers and especially, filmmakers.But there is a new breed of genre filmmakers, spreading throughout the provincial cities.Industry rejecters, that could either not afford film school or that could not conform to the system."Los Zetas" is a insane zombie musical a la Troma, too bloody to be really funny and too self conscious to be consider arty, but also too intelligent and personal to be described as simply trash.