Hello, all. Welcome to another edition of Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments. Our edition today, alas, drags us back to the 80's and the over abundance of horrible fashion... though at least the clashing patterns and colors of the 70's weren't a thing any longer.
This was the era of the slasher killer, all of whom refused to die no matter what the heroes did, and even if they weren't actually supernaturally powered.
Seriously, how many mass murderers did we see get stabbed, bludgeoned, thrown off cliffs, drowned, electricuted and burned up only for them to arrive at the next sequel whole and hardy with barely a hair out of place?
At least our villain in today's subject has an excuse, since he IS actually supernatural... though he's not lookin' quite as good as when he died.
But this posting is really about our main 'heroic' characters. Except, not. Most of our protagonists will be getting a DEMERIT for a little bit of grave robbing, so calling them the good guys would be really misleading.
I present our judgements on the characters of Ladrones De Tumbas [aka Grave Robbers]. It's kinda hard to not think most of our cast have it comin'.
Our Main Players: Captain (Fernando) Lopez, Olivia Lopez, Rebeca de la Huerta [aka Pop Princess], Armando (Bernal) [aka Leader-Guy], Manolo Andrade [aka Unfortunate Headband], Diana (Rebeca) [aka Dark Ponytail aka Diana Safety Pins Jean Jacket].
Our Characters Are To Be Respected!
Captain Lopez: Really, the only reason that Satan-Monk was stopped is because of the never-give-up determination of a seriously beaten police captain. He's aces and gets a KUDO.
Olivia: Olivia is so screwed up after this. But while that earns sympathy, it doesn't get her any kudos.
Rebeca: I'm going to give Rebeca a Half-KUDO for refusing to cut and run, even after Satan-Monk has killed most of her friends. She takes responsibility for the release of Satan-Monk, and demands that her boyfriend help stop him.
Armando: I've nothing to award Armando over.
Manolo: I'm dubious of awarding Manolo anything, but he did make a brave attempt to save Sheriff from another beating by attacking the supernatural killer, so I'll reluctantly hand the grave robber and coward a KUDO.
Diana: Nothing for Diana SafetyPins.
Since, with no evidence admittedly, I've chosen to give credit for Manolo's highly unlikely and unexplained survival to the Padre's midnight summoning of his parishioners and their chants of deliverance to God from evil, I'll also hand over a group KUDO to the tough old priest and his flock.
Our Characters Are To Be Disdained!
Capt. Fernando- Captain Fernando Lopez is a bit free with his fists during interrogations, so I have to hand over a Half-DEMERIT. [Even though, personally, I think grave robbers have it coming.]
Olivia- Olivia does the best she can and I'm not giving her a demerit for anything.
Pop Princess Rebeca- She's a grave robber. It's hard not to see her as a villain, but the movie's viewpoint isn't that she's the bad guy. So, she earns herself a DEMERIT.
Leader-Guy Armando- "Hi. I'm a grave robber." DEMERIT.
Manolo Unfortunate Headband- "Hola! I deserve a demerit for wearing my tacky yellow headband... but, I'm also a grave robber." DEMERIT [for that latter one].
Diana Dark Ponytail- "(sigh) I'm a grave robber, too." DEMERIT.
Oh, Satan-Monk. Like so many before you, you waste time and effort with beating on the good guy, instead of simply killing him and getting on with the entire purpose of your coming back from the dead in the first place. I have to hand over a Half-DEMERIT.
I gotta hand the Good Monks a Half-DEMERIT. Sure, they executed a murdering, Satanist, betrayer fellow monk for the good of mankind. But they made sure the asshole could do the whole "with my last breath, I curse you all" thing that always brings suffering upon future generations. Next time, go for the axe to the head, rather than burying it in his chest.