Siete en la mira (1984)

Seven In Sight was directed by Pedro Galindo III, who also made some other great movies you should track down right now like Vacaciones de Terror 2La Muerte del Chacal and Trampa Infernal. It was written by Carlos Valdemar, who has 200 scripting IMDB credits like Zindy the Swamp Boy and Cyclone, and Gilberto de Anda who has a hundred and was the man who write Mi Fantasma y Yo and Tijuana Jones.

It’s pretty much a western but instead of a ruthless gang that has just come into town on horseback, they all have facepaint and mohawks and ride motorcycles and I’m in love with this. The sheriff (Mario Almada, who made a million or more movies where he appears on the cover brandishing a gun) tries to treat Vikingo and his Zulu gang like human beings and tells them to just keep moving. They don’t — one of them assaults and accidentally kills a woman — so one of the deputies steals a gun from a mechanic, kills the suspect and doesn’t let on that he just led an innocent man to jail. The bikers demand justice and take a bar and a school — I mean, what else is important in a Texas border town? — and threaten to kill everyone unless they get their hands on the mechanic. And then the townspeople go nuts and demand the death of the bikers. It falls to the sheriff and his brother Marcos (played by Mario’s brother Fernando) to beat, shoot and bullwhip this gang seemingly from a post-apocalyptic future into the ground.

Intrepidos Punks and its sequel La Venganza de los Punks are obviously better versions of this same story, but just like how seven different Mexican regions offer different twists on food that all just called Mexican food north of the border, this has notes and flavors worth experiencing and savoring, like a scene where a hostage is introduced to steel fan blades face first.

The next movie gets even wilder, but there’s lots to like here.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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