EDITOR’S NOTE: You can check out Paul Andolina’s review of this movie too.
Vampiro came to lucha libre from Canada and with his look, physique and martial arts movies became a near-instant star, kind of like Konnan to the point that the two hated one another. Born Ian Richard Hodgkinson, he had already been a security guard for Milli Vanilli and a professional goaltender before he trained with Gene Anderson, Ian Richards and Abdullah the Butcher in International Wrestling.
Known as Vampiro Canadiense (Canadian Vampire) at first, Vampiro became such a big star that he got to follow in El Santo’s footsteps and make a movie.
Directed by José Nieto Ramírez — who made several movies with comedic actors Manuel “Flaco” Ibáñez and Pedro “Chatanuga” Weber — this film concerns an evil supervillain who has a metal glove that allows him to control people. He nearly kills Vampiro in a match with Pierroth Jr. and then sends his evil female henchwomen to keep rubbing up on our vampiric tecnico.
Meanwhile, there’s an alien woman named Larossa and her pet bear Mascota — who sounds like the weirdest mix of feedback, beeps and blips — who have also come to Earth to get the aid of Vampiro in some battle. Somehow, Vamp spends most of his own movie chained to a bed with those goth evil girls caressing him, which doesn’t sound like all that bad of a time when you really think about it.
The film looks great, filled with fog and colored gels, giving it a near-late 80s Italian look. Plus, if you’re a fan of 90s lucha, you get to see some of the biggest stars, such as Negro Casas, Ultimo Dragon, Faby Apache, Art “Love Machine” Barr, Norman Smiley, Pirata Morgan and Haku. Trust me, you won’t be bored, even if you don’t really like wrestling. You will be confused no matter what because none of this makes any bit of sense.
You can watch this on Shout! Factory TV.
Wrestling and movies are a match made in heaven, because the structure and discipline of film allows the best shots of wrestlers to be taken, the coolest moves to be shown and the most staggering angles to be employed. TV really doesn’t do wrestling justice, since it’s a small medium trying to cover a big event.