“CURSE OF THE MAYANS”— Horror in the Yucatan


Horror in the Yucatan

Amos Lassen

Ever since I took an undergraduate course on Mayan history, I have found the Yucatan peninsula to be fascinating. One of the strange fact that cones with Mayan history is the prophesy that on December 21, 2012, the end-date of the 5,126-year cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, there would be a cataclysmic, earth-shattering event.

As it turned out, however, according to this film, 2012 wasn’t the end, but the beginning. This is a chilling sci-fi thriller set in the dark jungles and unexplored areas of the Yucatan. The catch line of “There are some places that should never be discovered” rings true throughout the film.

 Set at present, American professor Dr. Alan Green (Steve Wilcox) discovers a manuscript that may hold the keys to the lost Mayan culture. After traveling to Mexico, he hires an expert team of cave divers, led by Danielle Noble (Carla Ortiz), to explore a submerged labyrinth of ruins left behind by the ancient civilization before their mysterious disappearance from the face of the earth.

When the team unwittingly stumbles upon an underwater prison and unintentionally frees the evil alien beings trapped within, they are forced to fight for their survival and prevent the extraterrestrial apocalypse predicted by the Mayans long ago.

There is a lot of horror here and director Joaquin Rodriguez pours it on in one of the scariest horror films I have seen in a long time. It was filmed on location at the sites of actual Mayan settlements.

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