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El Mundo de los Muertos

The World of the Dead
Land of the Dead

Mexico 1969
produced by
Jesús Sotomayor Martínez, Heberto Dávila Guajardo (executive) for Cinematográfica Sotomayor
directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares
starring Santo, Blue Demon, Pilar Pellicer, Carlos León, Andonio Raxel, Guillermo Álvarez Bianchi, Carlos Suárez, Mary Montiel, Betty Nelson, Eduardo MacGregor, Ramiro Orci, Marcelo Villamil
story by Rafael García Travesi, screenplay by Rafael García Travesi, Jesús Sotomayor Martínez, music by Gustavo César Carrión

El Santo, Blue Demon, El Santo and Blue Demon

review by
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Mexico, 1666: The Inquisition burns witches by the dozen, and rightly so it seems, because there are really witches around. But somehow, the Inquisition is not able to get hold of Dona Damiana (Pilar Pellicer), Satanic high priestess, who has called Blue Demon, a strongman who was stripped of his own free will in the land of the dead, to her assistance. But local strongman Santo has brought his attention to the case, and since he is apparently so strong he can even defeat hellspawn, he manages to bring Dona Damiana to the stake after all. She dies, but not before cursing the descendants of those who have brought her to the stake ...

300 years later: Alicia is Dona Damiana's last descendant (and thus also played by Pilar Pellicer), and in an ironic twist of fate she's engaged to Santo, superstar wrestler. Of course, she doesn't know anything about her heritage ... until she is possessed by the spirit of Dona Damiana. This causes her to steal herself out of her house many a night do kill the descendants of those who have killed Dona Damiana, mostly friends of her father, interestingly. Soon, her father and Santo begin to suspect something sinister is going on with Alicia, but they just cannot pinpoint it. Then, during a wrestling match, Santo comes to the realization he is not wrestling a human opponent but hellspawn. And his opponent even multiplies before Santo's (and the audience's) very eyes. Ultimately, Santo is publicly stabbed - but rushed to a hospital and saved just in time.

The recovering Santo does a read-up on Alicia's family history, puts two and two together, and decides to take up the fight with Dona Damiana. He almost loses, too, but he has brought a priest as backup who prevents Dona Damiana and her minions from killing him. The battle may be won, but Alicia's soul is as good as lost - unless a man as flawless as Santo is willing and able to fetch her from the land of the dead. Santo is as willing and flawless as Santo, so he won't be asked twice, goes into meditation, and voilà, wakes up in the land of the dead, where it doesn't take him long to find Alicia ... but then he is outnumbered and overpowered by hellspawn and almost crushed - when Blue Demon, who has his own will in the land of the dead, comes to the rescue, helps Santo fight off his adversaries, and sends him and Alicia on their way to the land of the living (= our world). And they lived happily ever after ...

 

Not a great film (not even in comparison to other Santo-films) but a fun movie, as it features Santo and Blue Demon in period settings but in their wrestling outfits for some amount of time, a pretty absurd story even by Santo-horror-standards, a rare scene of Santo being stabbed, ill-fitting open heart surgery footage, and an underworld made up mainly from shots from Hercules in the Haunted World. All this adds up to some fine trash entertainment - just don't take this film seriously!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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