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Santo en el Museo de Cera

Samson in the Wax Museum
Santo in the Wax Museum

Mexico 1963
produced by
Alberto López for Filmadora Panamericana
directed by Alfonso Corona Blake
starring Santo, Claudio Brook, Norma Mora, Rubén Rojo, Roxana Bellini, José Luis Jiménez, Víctor Vélazquez, Jorge Mondragón, Fernando Osés, Nathanael León, Concepción Martínez, Myron Levine, Cesáreo Cruz, Salvador Castro, Juan Garza, Mario Texas, Beny Galán, Cavernario Galindo, El Tigre del Ring, Victorio Blanco, Vicente Lara, Andonio Padilla Pícoro
written by Fernando Galiana, Julio Porter, musical director: Raúl Lavista

El Santo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Susana (Norma Mora) is doing a report on Doctor Karol's (Claudio Brook) house of wax - when suddenly she disappears. Her sister Gloria (Roxana Bellini) and brother-in-law get worried and turn to the police, and soon enough, the cops are searching the wax museum ... at which point Dr Karol turns to his friend Professor Galván (José Luis Jiménez) to call his friend, the mysterious masked wrestler and crimefighter Santo (Santo) to clear his name. Soon after Santo arrives on the scene, Professor Galván disappears and so do Gloria and her husband ... because you see, even if Dr Karol asked the professor to call in Santo, he's really the villain himself who likes to kidnap people to disfigure them and turn them into wax figures that only come to life at night via a special process - and now he wants to try this special process on his most recent abductees. 

Why does he do it?

Because he was in a concentration camp during World War II, and was horribly disfigured on his whole body, and now he has found a new mission in life: to destroy beauty.

Of course, Santo figures everything out in the end - even if Doc Karol's henchmen try to stop him every step along the way - and in the end has to wrestle Karol and his monsters. He is almost defeated but wins the upper hand, when the monsters turn against their maker, Doc Karol, and kill him, and Santo buries the monsters under hot molten wax afterwards.


Of course this movie is silly, taking elements from Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933, Michael Curtiz) and its maybe more famous remake House of Wax (1953, André De Toth) but also from H.G.Wells' novel Island of Dr. Moreau, mixing them with typical wrestling elements and nonsense plottwists - and the outcome is nothing short of ridiculous ... but enjoyably so, a typical piece of Mexican wrestling-horror-trash that might not make much sense, that at times defies logic, that is full of laugh-inducing scenes, but that for some reason or another is also wholly entertaining - at least for those who don't take the film seriously.

Recommended ... in a way at least.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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