Monstras
La Virgen de Guadalupe

La Virgen de Guadalupe

March 21, 2021

In this episode we dive into the origins of La Virgen de Guadalupe and her rise in popularity in Europe and then Mexico. Was La Virgen a tool for colonization? Is she a figure of female oppression? We explore that and more! 

TW: rape (one single mention in regards to La Virgen), Catholicism, religion, and of course colonization 

Theme song by Patrick Mullens

Movie Review: Santa Claus Vs The Devil

Movie Review: Santa Claus Vs The Devil

December 20, 2020

For the holiday season we torture ourselves by reviewing Santa Claus Vs The Devil (1960) with special guest Ze. 

It features Santa Claus, Merlin, Vulcan, & and an array of cute children! The movie was released in Mexico in 1959 and was directed by Rene Cardona and co-written with Adolfo Torres Portillo. 

You can watch the movie for free here

Dogs of Latin America

Dogs of Latin America

November 9, 2020

15,000 years ago dogs accompanied the first human settlers across the Bering Strait. These dogs flourished alongside the incredible civilizations Indigenous people built across North, Central, and South America. 

Although those ancient dog breeds have all but disappeared their legacy remains in the form of myth, folklore, and archeological evidence. 

In this episode we take a quick jaunt back in time and talk about the different dog breeds that once existed and the way ancient Mesoamerican people utilized their canine companions. 

TW: dog eating (yes includes a few jokes sorry, but nothing too graphic)

Music by Patrick Mullens, Graham-Makes, & Lightning sound effect 

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Halloween Special: Featuring Coffee+Chisme

Halloween Special: Featuring Coffee+Chisme

October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween! We explore spooky tales about a woman who dances with the devil and a priest who hears a dead man's confession. With special guests Coffee+Chisme!

 

Tw: horny ghosts, death, & Satan

 

Music by Patrick Mullens

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Show Review: What we do in the Shadows

Show Review: What we do in the Shadows

August 31, 2020

We review What we do in the Shadows! A show about four lame vampire roommates living together with their overworked and underappreciated familiar. 

This is not a spoiler free review, we do go over major plot points. 

Music by Patrick Mullens

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Movie Review: La Llorona 2019 by Jayro Bustamante

Movie Review: La Llorona 2019 by Jayro Bustamante

August 9, 2020

An aging military general guilty of genocide comes face to face with his past misdeeds in the shape of an Indigenous dark haired woman...  

We review the powerful 2019 movie La Llorona by Jayro Bustamante, which premiered on Shudder on Thursday, August 6th.  If you want to listen to our short spoiler free final thoughts you can forward to 49:30.   

Music by Patrick Mullens

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Parícutin: When Hell Opened Up

Parícutin: When Hell Opened Up

July 20, 2020

77 years ago in the quiet town of Parícutin, Mexico, a farmer encountered a fissure that began spewing ash and sulfur. Pretty soon, that fissure grew into a volcano that buried the entire town in lava. In this episode, we explore the the day hell opened up and examine the folklore and myths that the Parícutin volcano gave birth to. 

TW: hell, satan, cooked babies (fictional, not real ones) 

If you want to try the tongue twister at the end of the episode, here it is: El pueblo de Parangaricutirimícuaro se va a desparangaricutirimicuarizar. Quien logre desparangaricutirimicuarizarlo primero será un gran desparangaricutirimicuarizador.

Music by Patrick Mullens

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Interview: Latinx Goths with Professor Desirée A. Martín

Interview: Latinx Goths with Professor Desirée A. Martín

June 29, 2020

The word goth often conjures up images of people dressed all in black, with black hair, black lipstick, and pale skin. But goth culture has crossed borders and this subculture has attracted people from all over the world, including Latin America and Los Angeles. In this episode we interview Professor Desirée A. Martín, who gives us an overview of what Latinx goth is, its origins, and more! 

For more information about Desirée A. Martín, please check out her book here

Theme Music by Patrick Mullens

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Show Review: Penny Dreadful City of Angels

Show Review: Penny Dreadful City of Angels

June 11, 2020

This week we review and discuss the first episode of the new Penny Dreadful series, City of Angels. This series is a dark fantasy set in 1930's Los Angeles and centers on a Latinx family. It features Mexican folklore, music, and culture prominently along with our favorite scythe wielding mythological figure...

We recommend watching the episode before listening, which you can find for free on Amazon. 

Theme music by Patrick Mullens

TW: Nazi's, racism, murder, the LA river, and spoilers! 

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El Cucuy

El Cucuy

May 27, 2020

In this episode we explore the creepy world of El Cucuy, a Mexican monster with very strong European ties and origins. Listen to how this shape shifting monster has been terrifying children for centuries...

Theme song by Patrick Mullens

Music Credits: Lullaby Music Box, Door opening, footsteps, vocals by Alicia Calvo

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