El Satánico (1968)
Dir: José Díaz Morales (México/Puerto Rico Co-production)
I found my mom and grandma watching this today. It’s superbly campy and trashy, full of great jungle & surf infused Latin rumba, conga, & big band music by the Rigual Brothers.
The eponymous satanist is a ruthless little person gangster played by “el Enano Santanon” (the dwarf Santanon, literally) who is being double-crossed by his consigliere & his bad girl mistress. He has an interesting speech where he explains that his apathetic disdain for others stems from how he has been treated since birth because of his stature.
There’s also an ancient art/gem heist mid-flight, ‘The Met museum’, and a bunch of interesting hand-held shots in NYC, Pan-Am jets.
It’s latinosplotation, and it’s not dealing with exactly what I would expect, or entirely stereotypical, which in itself is great.
My family watches camp together. I love my family.