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The Body Snatcher (1957)

Ladrón de cadáveres (original title)
A wrestler and a detective team up to stop a mad scientist who is kidnapping athletes and replacing their brains with those of animals to make them stronger and live longer.

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Columba Domínguez ...
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Crox Alvarado ...
Capitán Carlos Robles
Wolf Ruvinskis ...
Guillermo Santana / El Vampiro (as Wolf Rubinski)
Carlos Riquelme ...
El profesor / don Panchito
Arturo Martínez ...
Felipe Dorantes
Eduardo Alcaraz ...
Jefe policía
Guillermo Hernández ...
El Lobo negro (as Guillermo Hernández Lobo Negro)
Yerye Beirute ...
Cosme Ramírez
Alberto Catalá ...
Rubio, asistente de Felipe
Ignacio Navarro ...
Asistente del profesor
Alejandro Cruz ...
El Tigre (as Alejandro Cruz Black Shadow)
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A wrestler and a detective team up to stop a mad scientist who is kidnapping athletes and replacing their brains with those of animals to make them stronger and live longer.

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A well made under-rated horror/detective film.
20 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dead wrestler who gets his brain transplanted with the brain of an Ape? Sound corny? I thought so too.. until I watched it. Though Ladron de Cadaveres may sound like another campy, Lucha Libre (or Santo style) film, it isn't. It's a very well photographed and masterfully directed Horror/Mad Science/Detective story shot much in the Noir style. Mendez was in his directing prime here and as usual per this era of Mexican Horror, the Gothic atmosphere helps make this film a joy to look at. The wrestling mixes well here I think because the wrestlers are not really part of the cast. They are more part of the story. The story involves a dead champion wrestler, some city cops hot on the trail of his killer and some scientists wanting to use the dead wrestler for a dark and twisted experiment which everybody learns was a huge mistake. The opening scene is great and sets the tone very well. This is another rarely seen Mexican classic that certainly deserves some admiration.


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