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Fernando Osés (story)
Release Date:
10 August 1972 (Mexico) See more »
A mad female scientist needs Santo's blood for a youth serum; and she has Frankenstein's reliable old monster to help her get it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Santo ... Santo (as Santo El Enmascarado de Plata)
Gina Romand ... Dr. Freda Frankenstein
Anel ... Norma
Roberto Cañedo ... Dr. Yanco
Carlos Agostí ... Don Elias
Sonia Fuentes ... Elsa
Carlos Suárez ... Tuerto
Gerardo Zepeda ... Ursus / Truxon
Carlos Bravo y Fernández ... Carcelero (as Carlos Bravo)
Goliat Ayala ... Luchador
Ismael Ramirez ... Luchador
Enrique Llanes ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorge Casanova ... Escorpio (uncredited)

Lucy Gallardo ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Miguel M. Delgado 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Osés  story and adaptation

Produced by
Guillermo Calderón .... producer (as Guillermo Calderon Stell)
Santo .... producer (as Santo El Enmascarado de Plata)
Original Music by
Gustavo César Carrión  (as Gustavo C. Carrion)
Cinematography by
Raúl Martínez Solares 
Film Editing by
Jorge Bustos 
Production Design by
José Rodríguez Granada 
Set Decoration by
Adalberto López 
Makeup Department
Román Juárez .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jorge Cardeña .... production chief
Carlos Suárez .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miguel Ángel Madrigal .... assistant director (as Miguel A. Madrigal)
Felipe Palomino .... sub-director
Sound Department
Francisco Alcayde .... dialogue recordist
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor
José Li-ho .... sound editor (as Jose Liho)
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound re-recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
Editorial Department
Joaquín Ceballos .... assistant editor
Rafael Leal .... color technician (as Rafael Leal Diaz)
Other crew
Gustavo Andrade .... titles

Production Companies

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97 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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[first lines, subtitled version]
Lackey:Why did you take so long? Yanco has been asking for you.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good Kitsch entertainment!, 8 March 2006

In his 34th adventure on film, the legendary wrestler Santo will have to face Dr. Freda (Gina Romand), the daughter of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, after she discovers that Santo's blood has an unnatural amount of the main ingredient for her youth serum. In this early 70s adventure, the magic of Santo films and his cult icon status go to the max as the movie has a weird lounge soundtrack and the beautiful girls wear go-go boots. It's kitsch entertainment at the extreme.

In order to get Santo's blood, Dr. Frankenstein kidnaps his girlfriend Norma (Anel); so Santo, along with Norma's beautiful sister Elsa (Sonia Fuentes) go to the rescue. As they arrive to the old rural town that serves as Frankenstein's lair, they'll face her army of rejuvenated warriors and her two monsters: the ape-man and Ursus, the man-made monster.

The movie is highly entertaining despite its big flaws. It is obvious that they never meant this movie to be taken seriously, as Santo acts like a suave James Bond with muscles and every good-looking woman flirts with him. Pure 70s fantasy. Gina Romand is perfect in her over-the-top performance as the evil mastermind, and has a lot of chemistry with Roberto Cañedo, who plays her tormented lover and second in command.

Anel as Santo's girlfriend is average (she never was a good actress anyway) but Sonia Fuentes as the sexy Elsa is remarkably good. Santo is at his top, and his character is finally complete as the wrestler/special agent. Gone are his mysterious origins and is now a more human character (well, as human as a mythical cult icon can be).

The fight scenes are very good, the initial scenes in the arena look very realistic and are very well shot. Also, the fights against the monsters are very violent for Santo's standards, and very bloody too. While the whole SFX are mediocre at best, there are a few scenes with an "aging" effect that are very well done for the budget.

With sub-par acting, a silly story and cheap SFX one would expect a very bad movie; but strangely (or maybe because of Santo's magic), everything just adds campy fun to the kitsch style the movie already has.

"Santo Contra la Hija de Frankenstein" may not be one of Santo's best films, but it is definitely one of the most entertaining, in it's own campy way. This kitsch jewel is worth a look if you are into campy fun. 6/10

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