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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.


Fernando Méndez


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


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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)


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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Release Date:

26 September 1957 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Body Snatcher See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Wrestlers and Horror?! More than welcomed!
25 March 2006 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

I like the opening of the movie very much because it tries to set the tone for the rest of the running time. It's a graveyard at night, when suddenly a grave digger pops out of a grave. I must admit that I didn't expect the scene!. Anyways, soon we are introduced with a mad doctor that steals corpses of athletes (mainly wrestlers) for "evil" purposes. Soon after we know the diabolical plans, we are introduced with our hero. The wrestler starts the special mission because this grave digging and stealing is getting national attention.

The settings of the movie are pretty damn good and tend to create a creepy atmosphere which later is turned into a fantasy world. The wrestlers are more than welcome in the plot! But I didn't buy their dialogs. Well, they weren't very good actors in the first place.

The acting of the rest of the cast is pretty good for it's time and for the movie's plot. Rubinski (not Rubinskis as listed on IMDb) delivers a solid and believable performance. The main problem with the movie is that it gets boring after the half. There aren't that many emotions or action. Still, it worths a watch.

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