Movies Galore Takes A Look At Rodrigo Aragao’s Mud Zombie Independant Splatterfest “Mangue Negro” from 2008!

Written by David StregeMangue NegroFilmed in Brazil in 2008 directed by one of the Directors of Brazil’s favorite Anthology called The Black Fables aka As Fabulas Negros, the film opens with a couple of locals boating down a stretch of water, the old man is babbling on about how the waters used to be teaming with life, and his companion looking bored shit, since he’s heard these stories a hundred times.

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We then switch to a burly crab hunter, plodding through the mud trying to find the last evasively elusive crabs. He also manages to come across a dead, rotting body. Which is great. Next we’re introduced to Luis, one of the main characters in the movie, the other being  Raquel the local Beauty or la Belle of the area, which our boy Luis has a crush on. Rachel lives with her invalid parents in a small wooden shack, her mom is bed ridden, and her dad is in a wheelchair.

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The local crab Merchant, whom found the dead body earlier, visits Rachel’s dad to get his new stash it is then we find ouit that the crab hunter is actually Rachel’s brother. Unfortunately, Raquel’s brother has, not only just lost a stash of crabs, but met some local undead villagers.

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Rachel’s brother, scratched and mauled to pieces, ends up at Luis’ place where he talks about being attacked by dead people. He then, dies and becomes the first undead zombie  that we see, and let me tell you, he’s not the slow lumbering zombie of old Night of the Living Dead, no, he’s an aggressive big fucker who rips his way through a door with his bare hands.

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The two local fishermen that we met first, have  a run in with zombies and the old man with the same stories, ends up meeting up with Luis and Rachel and the trio have to try and escape their zombie ridden swamp but Rachel wont Leave without her parents even though she is quite warned to leave by all.

The acting isn’t  Oscar winning, but I couldn’t give a rats ass about that, the story is great, the effects are excellent for this being a cheap movie from Brazil and there’s no CGI! Ultimately the effects range from aging makeup, Which I’m quite sure the two elderly women in the film are or were probably played by men, through to the obvious zombie makeup, but there’s also some nice animatronic zombie stuff, a zombie who seems to be controlled puppet-likearring, and even a touch of good old stop-motion animation! Very Cool!

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I enjoyed this film and recommend for all horror film fans!

Starring Ricardo Araujo as Valde, Marcelo Castenheira as a Mud Zombie, Walderrama Dos Santos as Luis da Machadinha, Markus Konka as Agenor dos Santos, Andre Lobo as Dona Benedita, Antonio Lamego as Antonio, Kika Oliveira as Raquel(as Kika de Oliveira), Mauricio Ribeiro as Don Alba, Reginaldo Secunda as Batista, Julio Tigre (as Julio Tigre)











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