Opening with a shot of a hearse driving up U.S. Route 54 near Ft. Bliss, Texas, you know director and co-writer Rodolfo de Anda has his heart in the right place. Even more so when we get to a nearby State Penn where Dany Montero (Hugo Stiglitz) is getting the shit kicked out of him by a bald giant in a bloody boxing tournament that is so brutal that hearses are parked out side of the packed infirmity waiting to take the corpses of the biggest losers. Why not an ambulance to take them to the local morgue? Hush up you! We're not going to have much of a movie if you keep asking questions like that. Montero appearing to be unconscious is taken to the infirmary where the over-worked doctors examine him noting that both of his retinas are partially detached and he is lucky that he's not blind... yet. As soon as the docs move on to another case, Montero switches himself with a corpse and gets a free ride out of the slams on his way back to Mexico.
|Nothing says "the '70s" like a squad car through a camper... not even a cop in a plaid sport coat.|
De Anda acted in over 150 movies, but only directed just over a dozen. His directorial efforts are mostly genre related with robots, wrestlers, vampires, cowboys, and cyborg sex machines (EL MACHO BIONICO, 1981) and all of them are rare, many never released on video even in Mexico. 1000 MILES TO THE SOUTH actually has been released on video, but the source is a really rough 16mm print that just screams to be presented widescreen. Even with all of the lemmings proclaiming their devotion to Mr. Stiglitz, we sure haven't seen any DVD companies rushing to get some transfers made. It's a shame too, since clearly there is more to Mexican filmmaking than El Santo and NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES (1969), not that there's anything wrong with that.