Mexploitation films are exploitation movies about Mexican culture. They tend to portray the shadier side Mexican life, often dealing with crime, drug trafficking, money and sex. But, In the 50s and 60s, mexploitation started out as wrestler movies, which were low-budget films designed to capitalize on the popularity of Mexican wrestlers.
Here’s a look at three mexploitation films:
El Mariachi (1992): About El Mariachi, a musician that just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor, a murderer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case.
Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro (1962): About a professional wrestler who is hired by a professor to protect his daughter from vampires intent on kidnapping her and marrying her to the Evil One.
Huracán Ramirez (1952): This was the first fmovie in a series of wrestling films to introduce the fictitious title character. About Fernando Torres, a young man who decides to follow his in his father’s footsteps by donning the secret identity of Huracán Ramírez, a masked luchador, despite his father’s wishes.