Entertaining though some of the later, full-color entries in the Santo series may be, B&W somehow seems better suited to the chunky fighters and busty brides of Dracula who populate Mexican wrestling movies. Inspired by nuclear physicist Dr. Sepulveda (Carlos Agosti), wrestling star Santo experiments with dematerialization in his spare time. To prove his past-life regression theory,
Santo needs a highly intelligent, voluptuous guinea pig; his fiancee, Luisa (Noelia Noel) volunteers. While Santo and Sepulveda monitor her progress on a primitive TV screen, Luisa is transported to the 16th century; in this incarnation she contracts a life-threatening anemia. Called in to investigate Count Alucard (Aldo Monti), who's been visiting Luisa's bedside, Professor Van Roth (Fernando Mendoza) concludes the Count is actually a vampire. The 16th-century Luisa dies and a stake is driven through her heart; Santo and Sepulveda restore her to her present-day existence, but not before Santo discovers that the Count possesses buried treasure. Santo imagines using Dracula's treasure to improve the lives of the poor, but the criminal underground has been spying on him and has gotten wind of the treasure. To determine custody of the still-unrecovered riches, Santo agrees to fight the Mexican Mafia’s best bruiser. Meanwhile, Dracula stages a comeback and wants a second chance at the lovely Luisa's neck. The prince of vampires doesn't intend to share his wealth, so he
corners Santo and his rivals in a bat cave. The trouble with Alfredo Salazar's screenplay is that it reduces Santo to a passive role during its set-up and puts him in the uncharacteristic position of deliberately putting his lady love in harm's way. But the wrestling mayhem and supernatural help compensate for these flaws.
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- Rating: NR
- Review: Entertaining though some of the later, full-color entries in the Santo series may be, B&W somehow seems better suited to the chunky fighters and busty brides of Dracula who populate Mexican wrestling movies. Inspired by nuclear physicist Dr. Sepulveda (Car… (more)