Mexico Barbaro II (aKa Mexico Barbaro 2 and México Bárbaro II) is a 2017 horror anthology directed by Diego Cohen (Mark of the Devil), Christian Cueva (Jiron), Ricardo Farias (La Exorcista), Michelle Garza Cervera (Huesera: The Bone Woman), Carlos Meléndez (Hysteria), Lex Ortega (Atroz, World of Death, Human Animals, and Mexico Barbaro), Abraham Sánchez (Devastación), Sergio Tello (Atroz), and Fernando Urdapilleta (Atrapada). It was also written by all of the directors above plus Adrian Garcia Bogliano (My Encounter with Evil) and Alfredo Mendoza (S.O.Z). It was produced by all the original filmmakers plus 22 others. It’s follow up to 2014’s Mexico Barbaro (aKa Barbarous Mexico)!!!!
In this horror anthology, 9 Mexican directors come together to narrate more traditions and brutal, ruthless and bizarre legends of their country. Mexico Barbaro shows the world the parts of their popular culture, from sweet stories told by their grandmothers, to the dark and disturbing ancestral culinary bloody rites. This horror anthology includes segments: Paidós Phobos, Bolas De Fuego (aKa Fire Balls), Vitriol, Ya Es Hora (aKa Is It Time?), Exodoncia (aKa Extraction), La Leyenda De Juan Soldado (aKa Juan Soldier Legend), No Te Duermas (aKa Don’t Sleep), and Potzonalli. Traditions and legends that today continue to cause terror among Mexican people!!!!
Mexico Barbaro II has so much variety when it comes to subjects in the horror sub-genre. This Mexican horror follow up has a little bit of everything for everyone. Each segment is very different from each other and each director has their own unique visual style here in this horror anthology. The only filmmaker I was familiar with before checking out this feature was Lex Ortega because I reviewed his film Atroz a few years ago that was also written by fellow director here Sergio Tello. Like every anthology, Mexico Barbaro II can be hit or miss at times but I honestly enjoyed most of these segments. My personal favorite shorts from this movie was La Leyenda De Juan Soldado, Potzonalli, Bolas De Fuego, Ya Es Hora, and No Te Duermas. The other ones were just okay to me but they were still worth checking out. I would really love to see a full length version of Potzonalli someday, that one was wild and it had top notch fx that was loaded with gore. I loved the story of a family coming together and taking revenge on their abusive father/husband. The cast includes Francisco Barreiro, Humberto Busto, Laura de Ita, Emilio Guerrero, Pedro Joaquín, Aline Marrero, Fermín Martínez, Ramón Medína, Hoze Meléndez, Martha Claudia Moreno, director Lex Ortega, Giancarlo Ruiz, Florencia Ríos, and Pilar Santacruz. This definitely has a different vibe when compared to the original film but I see can why because it has a more modern feel to the stories. This is very fun and beyond entertaining, I love how Mexican horror doesn’t hold back. Give this one a shot, RECOMMEND!!!!
Let’s discuss this high definition presentation and special features from Unearthed Films! This 1080p (1.78:1) transfer looks great in HD. Considering the large amount of filmmakers involved here, it’s really cool to see so many different visual styles used in this anthology. Some are better than the others but it’s a nice variety of horror here. It has a Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. All of the dialogue is very clean, the chaos is elevated, and the music has a solid boost to it here. It has English subtitles. “Behind the Scenes Featurettes” is around 28 minutes. It focuses on these segments from the anthology: Bolas de Fuego, La Leyenda de Juan Soldado, No Te Duermas, Exodontia and Vitriol. It’s an inside look into making these Mexican shorts for this full length feature. All kinds of behind the scenes footage from this production with the cast and crew. It has a “Trailer” for this follow up. It has a “Still Gallery” for Mexico Barbaro II. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!