Mil Mascaras is a renaissance man of international repute. He is a connoisseur of the arts, a scholar of science and humanity, and a masked wrestler. Like his fellow luchadores, El Santo and Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras is often called upon to assist the authorities in combating threats to mankind, whether they are seductive vampire women, lycanthropic madmen, or invaders from other worlds. However, no threat has ever been greater than that posed by an Aztec mummy resurrected by the power of the gem of Tonauac. Using its power the Aztec mummy is able to control the minds of men, even those of strong pedigree and erudition. Determined to lead the ascendancy of the Aztec nation over the descendants of its past conquerors, the Aztec mummy conspires to manipulate men of power for his own ends. Whether Mil Mascaras can be corrupted by the influence of his undead adversary is not clear, but the answer hinges upon the secret of his mask -- a mask which has been passed down to him from his ancestors since time in memoriam.
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"Amazing movie entertainment... rivals any super hero film made in the mainstream." -
Bill Gibron (PopMatters)
(NOTE: For a period of time in 2008 and 2009 the film screened
under an alternate title "Mil Mascaras: Resurrection")
"If you are a Luchador aficionado, the mere mention of a title like MIL
MASCARAS VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY would have you salivating. Near perfect!" -
John Porter (FANGORIA)
"Deliriously entertaining." Rating: 'A'
"Thank God for Mil Mascaras!" -
Richard Harland Smith (Turner Classic Movies / MovieMorlocks)
"If you enjoy Mexican wrestlers, robots and monsters (and really... who doesn't?) then this fun flick is right up your alley. Definitely Recommended."
ridiculously fun entertainment and a superb homage to
Mexican Luchador films... an unforgettable experience."
you think you've seen it all, this movie proves you wrong."
Tomb of Anubis
- The Aztec tomb in which the Mummy was resurrected was
constructed in a top-floor lab space of the main engineering
building (Lafferre Hall). Over a ton of sand had to be hauled
up stairs because there wasn't elevator access to it.
- The film was nominated for a Rondo Award for Best Picture
(received Runner-Up Award).
- The Professor's lab was an actual engineering lab and
the plasma device was a real piece of research equipment.
- The film screened at festivals spanning four continents.
- The stone knife used for the Aztec sacrifice was an
actual artifact from the University's Art and Archeology Museum.
- Mil Mascaras provided the Aztec costumery and head-dress
for the Mummy and the Aztec Chief from his personal collection.
- The Abandoned Monastery scenes were filmed at an
abandoned 19th-Century stone building that was originally
part of the prison in Jefferson City. The prison tasked
actual prisoners to clean and prepare the location prior
- The wrestling sequences were filmed on the stage of the
- The production was given full access to the entire
Capitol Building in Jefferson City, which is where
all scenes involving the President (Richard Lynch)
- The opening restaurant scene was filmed at
Sophia's in Columbia.
- Mil's private jet was filmed at the airport
in Jefferson City. When he was shown arriving in
Washington, DC, the dome in the background was
actually the Missouri Capitol Building.
- The location (interior and exterior)
for the Professor's house was
the Chancellor's Residence on campus.
- The location for the interior of Mil's home
was the University Cast Gallery.
- Jesse Hall was the location for many scenes.
Prominent examples include the main atrium, which
was used for the police station, and
the attic in the dome, which was used for the photo-shoot
with the twins.
- Scott Uhlmann (Jeff's brother) created the
body of the robot IDAKTOR. Jeff created the head
and Mike Sullivan obtained the antennas from
a vintage television. (Jeff created the control
device by attaching a pair of rabbit-ear antennas
to an old VCR remote.)
- Mike Sullivan transcribed actual Aztec glyphs/text
to parchment to recreate artifacts from the Sahagun
- Prof. James Calvin of the Art Department created
the molds from which many of the Aztec sculptures and
masks were cast.
- Karen Stix created the Mummy's scepter, which
included a small battery-operated light to illuminate
the Jewel of Tonauac.
- The film was featured in cover articles in
Filmfax Magazine and Screem Magazine within only
a few months of each other. The film has also
been featured in articles in Shadowland, Rue
Morgue, and other magazines.
- It is believed that no other film has included
more computer science students
portraying resurrected Aztec warriors.
- Jeff and Marco, who respectively portrayed
the Mummy and the Aztec Chief, also battled Mil
as henchmen loading cartons of blood into a van
during the blood bank sequence.
- In the blood bank scene Jeff played a henchman
who fought Mil, then a henchman who threatened Mil with
a snake, and then the henchman who attempted to run
down Mil in a van. In other words, Jeff was killed
three times in during the blood bank sequence.
- Several students and graduates of Merrill University of Cosmetology were responsible for hair and make-up for the film.
- When there was a shortage of personnel for a
shot of resurrected Aztec warriors coming over
a hill, several of the hair & make-up women donned
costumes to fill out their ranks.
- The locker room location for the Magister seduction
scene was the Rothwell Club at the Brewer Field house
- The mushrooms in the psychedelic mushroom scene may
or may not have been actual psilocybe mushrooms.
- Kurt Mirtsching (the Professor) and his wife
Karen provided their personal Rolls Royce for Santo's
arrival at the wrestling venue in the film.
- Dan Flynn portrayed three different characters who
fought Mil: one in the Aztec tomb, one in the ring
during the tag-team match, and one at the abandoned
monastery. (Dan performed similar service in the
following two films.)
- Jeff and Pal owned much of the heavy equipment
(dolly, large lights, etc.) which they provided
at no charge for many films (e.g., Academy of Doom)
shot in mid-Missouri and
- Ten years later, the Aztec mummy's throne and all of the set dressing
for the abandoned monastery scenes were still in the
stone building near the prison in Jefferson City exactly
as it was left in 2005.