Mexico Barbaro Review
As I've mentioned in previous articles, with any foreign film comes the possibility of cultural differences affecting the experience. The story's intention can be lost in translation. Thankfully, when it comes to anthology horror films, less is lost in translation due to the swift and concise nature of the filmmaking. As for Mexico Barbaro, I found the content to be relatively easy to follow, like watching a condensed version of the ABC's of Death.
As far as anthology films go, I've seen much worse. The quality of the cinematography, for the most part, was well above average. I could've done without the psychedelic and nausea-inducing camera movements that plagued some of the skits, but other than that, I found the directing to be generally pleasing.
As with any anthology series, you get the generic horror trope shorts, the over-the-top disgusting shorts, the humorously ridiculous shorts, and the more thought-provoking shorts. This anthology contained all of the above, with the ridiculously disgusting short getting compressed all at once into a grotesque tale of a sexually deviant troll.
Perhaps my favorite tale was that of Seven Times Seven. The story was both visceral and subtle in its approach. It was a great little twist from mercy to revenge with a morbid envelope. A couple of the shorts felt unoriginal. The first one with the evil spirit/succubus and the last one with the stripper revenge mass murder kind of sandwiched the more creative content with more bland stories.
If you're into anthology horror films, it's worth a shot, especially since it requires little devoted attention with most of the story being told visually in most of the tales. But, I would by no means consider this film a clever masterpiece and I certainly found better moments in the ABC's of Death series than this film.
Horror Qualifier: 10/10
Horror Quality: 7/10
Film Quality: 4/10