May 5: This day in sci-fi history

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May 5, 2017

Welp, team, it's Cinco de Mayo. And many of your friends will be tempted to say, "It's Mexico's Independence Day!"

And it is not. It is the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexico triumphed over France.

So, to celebrate, we thought we'd stick with a theme and fire off five Mexican science fiction films.

1. Boom in the Moon (1946)
This is a strangely charming movie starring Angel Garasa and Buster Keaton. It’s a comedy and it’s science fiction. Sort of. A lot of the movie depends on two awesome physical actors playing bumbly character who think they’ve been shot into outer space.

 

2. La Horripilante Bestia Humana (1972)
This one was a lot of fun. Mainly for the make-up special effects alone. Roughly translated to "Night of the Bloody Apes," the movie was categorized as horror y sexo. Basically, an apey sort of monster goes on a killing spree and is taken down by a female wrestler. Yep.

 

3. El Triángulo diabólico de las Bermudas (1978)
A surprisingly creepy movie about, you guessed it, the Bermuda Triangle. There's a creepy doll, a guy who gets his legs crushed all to pieces and a murderous little girl. Also, it stars John Huston.

 

4. Sleep Dealer (2008)
By far the one we thought the most interesting. And weirdly timely. Essentially, a giant border wall has been built and robots do much of the work of the American labor force. Except, surprise, the robots are all powered by Mexican workers down south. The film won quite a few awards at festivals worldwide. Worth a watch!

 

5. 2033 (2009)
Not the greatest movie plot, but kind of an interesting look at Mexican dystopia. Everyone kind of plays someone they're really not and the movie sort of falls apart at the end, but it's got some pretty good performances scattered throughout.

 

Tomorrow: Free Comic Books Again! Make plans!