Thankfully, there's ZOMBI MEXICANO by Keith J. Rainville to shed light on these foreign zombie movies of the 1970s.
Available in a limited boutique run of 250 copies, Rainville's exploration of Mexican zombie horror is available from the publisher for only $20 at FromPartsUnknown.com. Not sold in stores or elsewhere online.
According to the press release:
Zombies crawl out of gothic catacombs and use karate on superheroes, the undead torture kidnapped villagers with electric cattle prods in a mad scientist’s dungeon laboratory, a zombified wrestler called Satan comes back from the dead for a grudge match with the grandson of his old ring rival.
All these outre gongs-on and more happened in a series of films shot in Mexico and Guatemala in the 1970s, comprising a sub-genre of zombie cinema often overlooked by fans and horror film historians alike.
• Over 150 photos and illustrations rarely, if ever, seen elsewhere: on-set press photos, poster art, clamshell VHS packaging and more.
• An emphasis on the masks, make-up and creature effects that created screen zombies decades ahead of their time.
• Seven full movie reviews of films like LAS MOMIAS DE GUANJUATO and its sequels, which despite the oft misinterpreted term "momia" (mummified or preserved corpse) are indeed full-on zombie flicks.
• A contrasting look at the more familiar Aztec Mummy series and a string of B&W-era effects-heavy horror films that contributed to the visual vocabulary of the 70′s Mexican zombie.
• A feature on zombies in EC-style vintage Mexican horror comics.
• Just a ton… A TON… of Mexican zombies -- from undead wrestlers to mad monks to necrotic slave labor under the shackles of black-magic -- and some ghastly imagery of the actual mummified corpses of Guanajuato that inspired the films.
Get your copy of ZOMBI MEXICANO before the stock is gone!