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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.

Director:

Fernando Méndez

Writers:

Fernando Méndez (story and adaptation), Alejandro Verbitzky (story and adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Columba Domínguez ... Lucía
Crox Alvarado ... Capitán Carlos Robles
Wolf Ruvinskis ... Guillermo Santana / El Vampiro (as Wolf Rubinski)
Carlos Riquelme ... El profesor / don Panchito
Arturo Martínez Arturo Martínez ... Felipe Dorantes
Eduardo Alcaraz ... Jefe policía
Guillermo Hernández Guillermo Hernández ... El Lobo negro (as Guillermo Hernández Lobo Negro)
Yerye Beirute ... Cosme Ramírez
Alberto Catalá Alberto Catalá ... Rubio, asistente de Felipe
Lee Morgan
Ignacio Navarro Ignacio Navarro ... Asistente del profesor
Alejandro Cruz 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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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 1957 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body Snatcher See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Almost at the end of the movie, when a watchman is strangled by The Vampire, after he is seen losing consciousness one can still see him trying by placing his left foot on the ground so as no to lose balance while being strung on the floor. See more »

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Its Not a Joke, It's Possible Match., Horror and Wrestlers in a Good Mexican Movie!
5 July 2005 | by treada73See all my reviews

In his pure style Fernando Mendez give to the wrestlers films an interesting vision of the horror, even with a very conventional script, he takes advance of the very popular wrestlers environment in Mexican society and gets memorable sequences of these fights, with professional wrestlers as the propitious victims of a mad doctor(Carlos Riquelme)customized as an old men lottery bills seller, who wants their powerful body condition to create a superior Monster. and was Ruvinskis the only wrestler who resist the operation to convert him in a strange monster with a gorilla brain, mixture of Frankenstein and King Kong ,he go up to a building just before to be killed.

Mendez mix maybe like any other director in Mexican films the horror and wrestlers and gets,with the support of an efficient casting –over all Wolf Ruvinskis ,good actor and wrestler,-a very entertained movie and one of the best of its genre.


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