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Santo Versus the Vampire Women (1962)
"Santo vs. las mujeres vampiro" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  1963 (USA)
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A professor recruits a professional wrestler to protect his daughter from vampires intent on kidnaping her and marrying her to the devil.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Santo ...
Lorena Velázquez ...
Thorina, queen of the vampires
María Duval ...
Diana Orlof
Jaime Fernández ...
Insp. Carlos
Augusto Benedico ...
Prof. Orlof
Xavier Loyá ...
Jorge - Diana's fiance (as Javier Loya)
Ofelia Montesco ...
Tandra, vampire priestess
Fernando Osés ...
Vampire
Guillermo Hernández ...
Vampire
Nathanael León ...
Vampire (as Leon Moreno)
Ricardo Adalid ...
Detective at Party
Cavernario Galindo ...
Cavernario
Ray Mendoza ...
El Indio
Alejandro Cruz ...
Black Shadow
Bobby Bonales ...
Himself
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Storyline

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. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Solo un hombre de acero...de agilidad de pantera, es capaz de luchar contra las MUJERES VAMPIRO...y ese hombre es...SANTO!

Genres:

Horror

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Release Date:

1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Samson and the Vampire Women  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

In the English-dubbed version of the film, Santo's name has been changed to Samson. However, the crowd at the wrestling match chants "Santo!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mondo Macabro: Mexican Horror Movies (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata de Amor
by Mario Álvarez
Interpretada por Fabian Grey
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Aye Caramba Santo! Your drawers are drooping!
24 December 1999 | by (Azteca Studios) – See all my reviews

In the late fifties a horror genre burst onto the Mexican screen:masked wrestlers as super heroes.They were a huge hit in Mexico.As usual K Gordon Murray snapped up the American rights to these films.Most were sold directly to televison as saturday afternoon kiddie fare.These were pretty cool when we were well under 12.

The best of the bunch was Santo(called Samson in American prints).Santo was actually a wrestler who kept his identity private until 1982 when he was 65 years old.

You don't have to like wrestling (and I don't) to enjoy these films.Now if you enjoy pure,100% grade A cheese then this is the film for you.Just fast forward through the wrestling scenes (except for the bout an hour into the film where Santo's opponent is killed and replaced by a monster).

A coven of some extremely crusty faced vampire women become hot mamas after a blood ritual.Their queen wants them to kidnap her successor so the queen can go to Hell and live with her hubby Satan.(Sounds like a real stormy romance).The queen to be is the unaware daughter of some idiotic professor.

Well the vampires and their 3 male vampire slaves(all wrestler types)generally bite necks and raise havok.After a couple of botched kidnapping attempts the professor calls in the man in the silver mask,Santo!His real identity a secret, the man in the silver mask,droopy drawers and flamboyant cape tools around in his little sportscar to kick vampiric butt.He also has a cool lab/hideout that the professor can reach via radio/tv.Neat!

After several fights the daughter is kidnapped and taken to the haunted hacienda to be prepared for the blood ritual.Santo arrives in time to get his arse kicked.He is chained next to the girl who will be queen.Will Santo somehow save the day?Will he ever get rid of that wedgie in his tights?Doesn't that mask itch?

This is just dumb fun.The haunted house and the lair of the vampire women is a great spooky set.Lots of mist and cobwebs. The vampire women are very easy on the eyes.The idea of a wrestling superman is a real hoot.Go a few rounds taking punishment that would kill any human,win and go kick some monster arse.All in a days work for Santo!

As usual the lousy dubbing hurts this film.There are a lot of plot holes as well.Vampires appearing in mirrors and the male vampires look like they're out trick or treating.The wrestling matches except for the last one are seemingly endless.

Consumption of your favorite beverage will enhance your enjoyment greatly.Go into it with an empty head and you'll be entertained.Isn't that what it's all about?


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