El Apando (1976, Mexico)

El Apando

Unfortunately it’s a bit hard to rate this film when you can’t understand Spanish and there are no English sub-titles, but it should rate very highly in the cult status stakes.

Most of the action takes place in Mexico City’s feared Lecumberri prison. Three drug-addicted prisoners obtain drugs from the mother of one of them, but they are discovered and locked up in the ‘apando’, the dreaded punishment cell. Protests over the treatment of the three men would appear to result in a very messy confrontation with staff, involving the most extraordinary immobilisation method imaginable: the offending prisoners are trapped in a secure grilled runway and have so many metal poles poked through the bars (like giant pick-up-sticks) that they are entirely hemmed in, bloodied and disabled. The film also contains one of the most lurid (or perhaps just lewd) stomach tattoos on celluloid, and one of the least believable internal examination scenarios.

Maybe it’s better without understanding a word of what’s going on.

El Apando #2

Posted on May 16th, 2009 at 7:12 pm. Updated on August 21st, 2009 at 6:44 pm.

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4 Responses to “El Apando (1976, Mexico)”

  1. August 12th, 2011 at 6:44 am
    John Molina says:

    I am confused by your review. It sounds fascinating at first, then then you make it sound like in the end it is not worth your time.

  2. August 13th, 2011 at 8:19 pm
    eric says:

    It’s definitely worth a look, John; the visual bits are raw, shocking, confronting. My fear is that the accompanying dialogue is much less interesting and might detract from from the visual impact. Who knows, I may be wrong.

  3. December 6th, 2011 at 2:08 pm
    D3MON1C says:

    THIS PIECE OF WORK IS WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIMES, SAD BUT TRUE IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND SPANISH ITS HARD TO RELATE,THIS MOVIE ROCKS STRAIGHT PUNK HARDCORE REVIEW,MEXICAN SERIO KILLERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. February 19th, 2014 at 6:25 pm
    ElAhuizotl says:

    Succinctly, the whole deal of this film, is an attempt to smuggle cocaine, inside the vagina of the mother of one of the prisoners. Seriously.

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