Stuart Gordon is, inarguably, one of the undisputed masters of the horror genre. With such landmark works as the cult classic Re-Animator under his belt, Gordon's filmic oeuvre has always sought to blend a touch of scholarly class with the genre's gory grand guignol.
Machete, which turned veteran character actor Danny Trejo into a leading man, was a wild and wildly violent action-comedy, a spoof of exploitation films of the 1970s. So, obviously, is Machete Kills. How much of a spoof?
As we laugh we are freed momentarily from the great accomplishments, clever writing, exquisite visions, heroic meanings, and talented beauties that torture us every day. We drink deeply of failure, and briefly we are free, free, free.