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The Curse of el Charro (2004)

Andrew Bryniarski , Danny Trejo , Rich Ragsdale  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrew Bryniarski, Danny Trejo, Drew Mia, Kathryn Taylor, Heidi Androl
  • Directors: Rich Ragsdale
  • Writers: Ryan R. Johnson
  • Producers: Andrew Bryniarski, Jasper Jan, Kevin Ragsdale, Paul DeNigris, Ryan R. Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GH3CKC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Curse of el Charro" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of The Curse of El Charro
  • Into Something Rich and Strange - a short film by director Rich Ragsdale
  • Trailer
  • Photo gallery

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Plagued by nightmares and her sister's suicide, Maria joins her friends on a road trip to a vacation home in a remote desert town.Once there, she finds herself hunted by El Charrow (Andrew Bryniarski) - an ancient evil driven to exact brutal revenge on Ma

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 88 Minutes Down the Crapper December 30, 2007
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.
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By L. Jay
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.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst horror movie made... October 17, 2007
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.
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