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Sex Monster (1963)

Las luchadoras contra el médico asesino (original title)
A mad scientist terrorizes a city by kidnapping young women with his ape-man Gomar and then using them as subjects in sadistic brain transplant experiments. A female wrestler whose sister ... See full summary »

Director:

René Cardona

Writer:

Alfredo Salazar (story and adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorena Velázquez ... Gloria Venus
Armando Silvestre ... Armando Campos
Elizabeth Campbell Elizabeth Campbell ... Golden Rubi
Roberto Cañedo Roberto Cañedo ... Prof. Ruiz
Sonia Infante Sonia Infante ... Alicia
Chucho Salinas Chucho Salinas ... Chema
Chabela Romero Chabela Romero ... Carmela Camacho "Vendetta"
Martha 'Güera' Solís Martha 'Güera' Solís ... Wrestler
Magdalina Caballero Magdalina Caballero ... Wrestler
Tona La Tapatia Tona La Tapatia ... Wrestler (as Toña 'La Tapatia')
Irma Gonzales Irma Gonzales ... Wrestler (as Irma Gonzalez)
Jesús Murcielago Velázquez Jesús Murcielago Velázquez ... Marcado (as 'Murcielago' Velazquez)
Cavernario Galindo Cavernario Galindo ... Wrestler (as 'Cavernario' Galindo)
Reyes Oliva Reyes Oliva ... Wrestler
Raúl Reyes Raúl Reyes ... Wrestler
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A mad scientist terrorizes a city by kidnapping young women with his ape-man Gomar and then using them as subjects in sadistic brain transplant experiments. A female wrestler whose sister was one of the victims swears vengeance against the Mad Doctor. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

24 May 1963 (Mexico) See more »

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Sex Monster See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Obvious double for Lorena Velázquez in most fight scenes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version entitled Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling Women Vs. the Aztec Ape has a rock and roll sound track replacing the original track See more »

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Edited into Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964) See more »

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Silly But Fun
16 December 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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** (out of 4)

Very silly but entertaining Mexican horror film about a mad scientist who is putting the hearts of apes into the bodies of females. When all of the females keep dying the doctor decides to use a stronger body, that of a female wrestler, and by doing so he plans on using her to kill a couple other female wrestlers who blew up his laboratory. If you're wanting some sort of art picture then I'd recommend several films by Luis Bunuel because that's not what you're going to be getting out of this picture. DOCTOR OF DOOM makes very little sense, the special effects aren't that special and the performances rank just above a middle-school production but all of this just adds to the charm. I think what makes the film work so well is that the pacing is pretty fast and there's always something crazy going on. It's funny hearing dialogue early on talking about how women are "too weak" to be experimented on and yet the doctor just keeps using them. He blames women for not being strong enough to live through his operations but then he sends his men out to get another woman. We also have an accident of the doctors, which is a half man, half ape creation who does the majority of the dirty work. You can tell that didn't have too much money to fix him us as he's just got a few patches of hair scattered around his body. In the English dubbed version we get some hilarious heavy breathing from the creature, which makes him more charming than scary. Then, of course, you have the downright silly wrestling scenes that add nothing and I'm still trying to figure out why they were so important in the first place. Naturally these must have been very popular in the day but today it just comes off rather silly and childish. While there's no tension or drama, the director at least keeps the pace rather fast and it's funny seeing the various ways that the story changes for no reason or watching things happen, which couldn't have possibly happened. Just check out the highlight when a couple cops are about to be smashed to death in a secret room (think THE RAVEN torture trap) and the wall is just a foot or so away from them. They use their watches to call out for help and the female wrestlers, in a different location, have time to drive to them, walk around the house slowly and then finally track them down. Seeing this scene play out is a non-stop laugh and one of the reasons the film remains entertaining.


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