In the style of ABC’s Of Death and V/H/S, – Mexico Barbaro takes 8 talented Mexican film-makers and gives them total freedom to make a short horror based on different types of Mexican legends – we have a bit of everything – blood, guts, sacrifices, zombies, trolls – all beautifully complied into one feature for your twisted viewing pleasure.
As we have 8 films to get through, I thought it would be a good idea if we got the whole team involved with this one so we can give it the love it deserves.
“Drena” (Drain) by Aaron Soto seems out of place in this anthology. From what I can gather, it holds no resemblance to Mexican mythology or folklore, and instead shows a young woman having a bit too much to smoke, and subsequently succumbing to demands of a creepy blank-faced troll figure. As if you have encountered that odd Jigsaw doll at the highest point of a whitey, this weird little thing demands blood from her sisters’ vagina or else… well, I’ll leave the consequence out as it contains one of the best threats to grace horror cinema.
The challenge with these shorter anthology stories is that less doesn’t always mean more. Sure, it is a little bit gross and had a relatively decent scare sequence towards the end, but it was completely unexplainable. As a result, and largely due to the random nature of this short, it seemed almost comical. Whether or not this was entirely intentional, I am unsure, but much likes the short itself with respect to its story content, the execution itself was also a little off-base. I laughed, but I wonder if that was the result Soto was going for.