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Championship wrestler Santo comes to Haiti for a couple of wrestling
bouts - which is of course only a cover-up for his Interpol mission to
guard the safety of Professor Jordan (Guillermo Gálvez), who has just
invented some sort of superbomb and might be kidnapped by foreign agents
any day now. Then the professor dies though, and while everybody believes
he has died from natural causes, Santo suspects foul play - and when the
dead professor appears as a zombie to his daughter Lorna (Elsa Cárdenas)
the next night, Santo sees his suspicions confirmed - even more so when
the professor's tomb is found empty. He is also quick to suspect local
voodoo priestess and dancer Michelle (Gerty Jones) of being the culprit,
but she insists her voodoo is of the white magic variety. She knows who's
the evildoer though, but cannot say ...
The villainess of the piece is
actually Bellamira (Sasha Montenegro), a black voodoo magician posing as
Lorna's best friend, who takes her in his care after her father's death.
For no particular reason, she makes attempt after attempt to scare the
living daylights out of Lorna using some voodoo, only bringing Santo onto
her trail by and by.
But why did Bellamira kill the professor in the
To get the secret of the superbomb out of his zombified
self of course, which she then wants to sell to two agents (Fernando
Osés, Carlos Suarez) from an unspecified enemy nation. The only man who
stands in her way is Santo of course, whom she tries to kill using black
magic and zombies as well as the fists and guns of her goons - to no
avail. When Santo is eventually saved by Michelle, his prime suspect so
far, his investigatins begin to point into one direction and one direction
only: Bellamira. But by the time he has caught up with her, she has
kidnapped Lorna and tries to make her a sacrifice in her next voodoo
ritual, something that's prevented by Santo and Michelle in the very last
minute. Michelle challenges Bellamira to the test of (voodoo god)
Damballah, where Bellamira and Santo are bitten by poisonous snakes, and
depending on whether Michelle or Bellamira's magic is weaker, either Santo
or Bellamira is goint to die.
Bellamira dies, the zombies fall to dust,
and Santo is quick to clobber the two foreign agents to a pile of meat and
have them arrested.
Not a good movie by any stretch of the
word: The mixture of sci-fi and voodoo elements seems a bit on the heavy
handed side, the zombies seem ridiculous once they start to boast
wrestling moves, and the whole thing is just terribly written. That all
said, the film is at least some fun of the so-bad-it's-good variety: Sure,
it's silly, makes little sense, and despite subject matter and title is as
unspooky as can be ... but somehow these shortcomings are also the film's
best selling points - well, at least to bad movie afficionados like myself