Las Luchadoras Contra El Médico Asesino (1963)

You know, Rene Cardona could have made a million of these wrestling horror movies, K. Gordon Murray could have brought them all to the United States and I would still watch every single one of them over and over again.

Cardona had made this under the Las Luchadoras title* and Murray changed it to Doctor of Doom, re-editing and dubbing it for American audiences.

An evil doctor has an army of gangsters and a man-ape named Gomar (Gerardo Zepeda) that wears a bulletproof vest, but come on, he’s battling the wrestling women and is always going to come up short.

This was an American-International Pictures film that was sold to television, so if you were a kid in the 60’s and 70’s, there’s a great chance you saw it and were incredibly lucky.

The biggest mistake that the mad scientist makes is kidnapping and using the sister of pro wrestler Gloria Venus (Lorena Velazquez), who brings her tag partner Golden Rubi (Elizabeth Campbell) and the police to destroy his schemes.

You know who loved this movie? Rene Cardona, as he spun Lorena Velazque’s character off to star in Las Luchadoras Contra La Momia and Las Lobas Del Ring. Then he remade it with more skin and gore as the even more amazing Night of the Bloody Apes, a film that made the Section 1 video nasties list nearly a decade after it was made, which in my mind is a wonderful accomplishment.

*There’s also another version named Rock ‘n’ Roll Wrestling Women Vs. the Aztec Ape that has a rock ‘n roll soundtrack.

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