Santo Versus the Vampire Women (1962)
aka Santo vs. las mujeres vampiro
Genre: Action | Horror | Wrestling
Country: Mexico | Director: Alfonso Corona Blake
Language: English or Spanish (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English & French (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 90mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 634×480 – 23.976fps – 1.64gb
The vampire women in Mexico have awakened from their sleep, commanded by their master, The Evil One, to find him a bride. They choose as their target the beautiful daughter of a local professor. To rescue his daughter, the professor calls El Santo (Samson in some US versions), a silver-masked wrestler for justice.
Since Lucha Libre (Wrestling) is very popular south of the border, El Santo (or Samson, or The Silver Masked Wrestler etc) was the master of caped comic book heroes in Mexico back in the 60’s. This movie boasts not only the typical Santo plot: a wrestling match at the beginning, a pretty girl being menaced by bad guys, a professor who knows how to stop the bad guys, a second wrestling match with a concealed bad guy masquerading as a wrestler trying to kill Santo in the ring etc., but it also has some cool old-school Gothic style undead evil mistresses. And some beauties they are too: Lorena Velasquez (a look-alike to a young Liz Taylor, except prettier) is the effectively sinister vampire queen who is looking for a successor.
It’s a lot of late night horror movie fun, the kind the “live monster” hosts like Elvira and Vampira used to show. You can’t help but love the stilted, translated dialog done in laughably out-of-synch dubbing, endless fighting scenes (the kind where people fall down even when a punch misses them by ten feet), a slowly unravelling master plot, and cheap special effects. This is a “must see” for fans of campy horror films.