Blast From The Past: El Frenetico And Go-Girl
For some readers, this will just be a mean tease. But, back in the mid-’90s, filmmaker Pat Bishow created an awesome series of short superhero films called The Adventures of El Frenetico and Go-Girl, about a fat, drunken Mexican wrestler and his spunky, kung-fu-ing sidekick. Bishow used to sell the films on one VHS tape that has since disappeared from the marketplace. Above is a compilation of clips from the series that Bishow uploaded to YouTube a few years ago.
Although I’ve strung all of these clips into one long-running playlist — it probably runs about 9 to 10 minutes long total — I don’t want to give the impression that Bishow meant to be seen in this order. I just like the way they flow in the order I put them in. The clips come from all different films in the series and don’t have much connection, plus there’s the opening credits and a few promotional videos thrown in. It should give a good feel for how the overall series played.
I’m not sure what life the films had at the time, but I think these days there would be a segment of the underground film world that would embrace them. They’re fun with great fight sequences, goofy villains, a hint of a dark side to them and overall pretty inventive. Maybe there will be a good chance they’ll pop up in full online someday. (hint, hint)
I believe I got acquainted with the films through Mike White’s legendary film zine Cashiers du Cinemart and his original review of the films is online. This was also probably pre-Underground Film Journal, so I never wrote about them online myself, although I’m trying to make up for that with this.