Jesus Franco – Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Ladies (2012)
Private dick Al Pereira is dreaming. He’s talking in his sleep, waving with imaginary guns. “I’m Al Pereira!” he screams, rolling around in the body we recognize as Spanish actor Antonio Mayans. This is the fourth… or is it the fifth time? Anyway, the umpteenth time Mayans plays Pereira (Eddie Constantine also plays him in Attack of the Robots, from 1966…). And probably the last. Mayans is older, with wrinkles and grey hair. The former so slim man is now a slightly chubby gentleman with a twinkle in the eye.
What follows in Al Pereira vs. the Alligator Ladies is a deconstruction of the career of Franco, much like Jean Rollin did with Night of the Hourglass, one last gasp of insanity. It’s also a sharp – and confusing – slaughter of manliness. We have Pereira, who think he can get every women in the world. He loves Chuck Norris and have a strong Christian faith, seeing himself as a sacristan – a “Christian cop”, responsible to keep control over what happens in the church. Against him he have a couple of female demons (which just is just a couple of naked women), daughters to Fu Manchu! They want him, but the loath him. They see through, that he’s just fake. A racist, misogynist fake. At the end of the movie the camera turns around and Franco sits there, laughing at Mayans who’s having a blast dancing and reciting Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Franco says “We’ve just made Pereira look like an asshole, but that doesn’t matter”. – See more at: http://fredanderson.typepad.com/my-blog/2013/08/the-metafilmic-dreamland-of-uncle-jess-al-pereira-vs-the-alligator-ladies-jess-franco-2013.html