If you have even the slightest interest in latsploitation, it’s only a matter of time before you come across El Día de los Albañiles (The Day of the Bricklayers). Released in 1984, this film embodies everything that was “wrong” with Mexican cinema in the 1980s. However, the film managed to become somewhat popular and was followed by three sequels, titled more or less the same, in 1985, 1987 and 1990.
EL DÍA DE LOS ALBAÑILES
Mexico, 1984, Adolfo Martínez Solares
As mentioned above, this film is a jewel in terms of how it exemplifies the “worst” mexploitation has to offer. In fact, it’s common to find negative comments in Spanish-language film blogs because, apparently, some folks are ashamed of this movie and the way it became a relatively well-known series. While there is plenty to be ashamed of, like bad acting, some of the least attractive women in latsploitation history and atrocious editing, writer and director Adolfo Martínez Solares deserves some kudos for the way he decided to mix the usual “spicy” comedy with just plain weird writing. For example, the movie contains lines like this: “I was so pretty when I was a baby that my nanny, instead of giving me her breasts, gave me her ass cheeks!” or “What’s up, Mustache Made With Armpit Hairs?”
Another element that makes this film interesting is the way the nudity comes out of nowhere and, like some of the writing, makes no sense. In the first third of the movie, one of the bricklayers pushes a woman against the wall, pulls her shirt open, and proceeds to rub the sides of his face (yes, the sides, not his mouth or nose) against her breasts while moaning and rolling his eyes. In another wonderfully bizarre scene, which has no nudity but is supposed to be sexy, a woman dances/exercises while wearing a unitard, tons of makeup, and ridiculously high heels.
I’m sure you’ve seen movies that make you say: “Wow, this is so bad it’s good.” If you enjoy having those experiences, then definitely put this one on your list.