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Santo contra los Zombies

The Invasion of the Zombies
Santo vs the Zombies

Mexico 1961
produced by
Alberto López for Filmadora Panamericana
directed by Benito Alazraki
starring Santo, Lorena Velázquez, Armando Silvestre, Jaime Fernández, Dagoberto Rodríguez, Irma Serrano, Carlo Agosti, Ramón Bugarini, Fernando Osés, Eduardo Bonada, Eduardo Silvestre, Julián de Meriche, Black Shadow (= Alejandro Cruz), Gory Guerrero, Sugi Sito, El Gladiador, Camilo Pérez Bulldog, Firpo Segura, Joe Silva, Steve Morgan, Cacama (= Vicente Lara), Mario Texas, Martha Arlette
story by Antonio Orellana, Fernadno Osés, screenplay by Antonio Orellana, Benito Alazraki

El Santo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Professor Sandoval has disappeared, so his daughter Gloria (Gloria Velázquez) asks the police for help, and soon enough, 3 detectives (Armando Silvestre, Jaime Fernández, Irma Serrano) are on the case.

In the meantime, several crimes are committed throughout the city by criminals that actually have been executed, criminals that seem to be indestructible - in a word, by zombies.

What these two facts have to do with each other?

Professor Sandoval has researched voodoo and zombification in Haiti, is the one expert on the subject. Now the professor has always a good guy, so nobody suspects him of being involved with the crimes, but what if his knowledge has fallen into the wrong hands?

The police soon hits a dead end in the investigations, but there is still one secret weapon they can employ: Masked wrestler Santo! You see, Santo is not only a wrestler, he also has a crimelab in his basement, and via a TV screen he can obviously spy in on everything - though don't ask me how that works without him having placed cameras pretty much everywhere.

Santo soon finds out the zombies are led by a hooded man, and because he has apparently placed a camera in the hooded man's hideout, too, he always knows what he and his zombies are up to in advance. However, the hooded man soon becomes aware of the fact that Santo is on his trail, so he zombifies Santo's next opponent in the ring (Fernando Osés), hoping to have him killed in the arena in front of a live audience. However, Santo sees through all of this, and discovers that the zombies are actually mind-controlled by explosive belts - and with that knowledge, Santo is able to destroy his zombie opponent.

In the meantime, the hooded man has managed to kidnap Gloria and with her help lure the three police detectives on his trail into a trap. But he hasn't taken into account that Santo might be on Gloria's trail as well, and he takes down zombie after zombie before entering the hooded one's lair and destroying his zombification machinery - which causes all of the zombies to crumble to dust. And ultimately, the hooded man is unmasked and revealed to be the brother (Carlos Agostí) of professor Sandoval.

 

Granted, this is a movie with more than its fair share of shortcomings: Its story doesn't always make sense, it features a few too many wrestling bouts that distract from the plot, its mystery aspects are not properly set up, its direction is uninspired, and the cast is at best mediocre ... but then the film is also fun, fun of the silly, unsophisticated, unreflected variety maybe, but fun still. And while there are better Santo films of that variety out there, this one's still entertaining enough.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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