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Are you ready for lucha?

Mexican wrestling has crossed the border
Monday, December 17, 2007 | 3:27 p.m. CST; updated 1:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

In the upcoming film “Mil Máscaras: Resurrection,” Mil Máscaras remains stoic as an Aztec mummy tries to hypnotize him in an ancient pyramid, sends a demon with super strength to kill him in the wrestling ring, and revives an army of evil minions to wage war against modern humanity.

Demonic enemies and evil schemes are the bread and butter of lucha libre films, and major lucha libre star Mil Máscaras has dealt with them many times — but only once in Missouri.

“Resurrection” and another, smaller lucha film called “Academy of Doom,” were filmed in 2006 on the MU campus and in other mid-Missouri locations. Missourians will have their first chance to see “Resurrection” in the spring of 2008.

MU professor Jeffrey Uhlmann, who wrote, produced and plays the mummy in “Resurrection,” used the making of the films to give computer science students hands-on experience with film and video production.

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