Rough girl Perdita and her demonic lover Romeo Dolorosa need humans to sacrifice following Romeo’s religion before he can go on a mission ordered by mob boss Santos. They kidnap teen sweethearts Duane and Estelle and travel with them to Las-Vegas.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for strong violence including rape, sexuality, language and some drug content
Following the success of El Dia De Bestia and Accion mutante, once again the director pursues the nature of dark obsession. The two main leads are dysfunctional amoral sadists who re in some ways rediscovering a part of them that they miss – love.
It’s a story of trying to move on but the main characters are very amoral however there’s darker circles than them, which pulls them further down the spiral. In essence this movie is an antithesis of a glamour Mafia movie and I believe represents Mafia dealings in a very dark fashion. In some ways I believe there’s a nod to David Lynch with the actor playing the Mafia boss.
The film is not a sick puppy nor is it banal. For those that have followed this director they will read between the lines to discover some salient points of US government intervention out of the states and human traffic – in this case embryos used for beauty products. Like ‘clean Madrid’ in El Dia de Bestia there were fascist movements in the capital at the time. Iglaisia puts this on the screen as a cultural reminder.
Watching this movie at face value will seem very ultra violent and in some places extremely disturbing. Unlike other cult producers like Tarintino Iglasia uses a loot of cult cultural references to make his films extremely dark and funny (like La Communidad). If you’re Latin or Spanish I feel there would be a lot more in this movie for you. Recommended viewing – but not for the faint hearted.
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Writers: Barry Gifford (novel), Barry Gifford (screenplay)
Stars: Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem, Harley Cross
Country: Mexico | Spain
Language: English | Spanish
Release Date: 31 October 1997 (Spain)
Also Known As: Dance with the Devil
Filming Locations: Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/mp41)
File size : 2.02 GiB
Duration : 2 h 9 min
Overall bit rate : 2 231 kb/s