Las Momias de Guanajuato (1972)

The Mummies of Guanajuato are real and are the naturally mummified remains of a number of people who died from cholera in 1833.  They were disinterred between 1870 and 1958 as relatives of these people could not afford the yearly tax for their burial and the bodies were mixed to a nearby building. For some reason, the climate of Guanajuato oftebn leads to a type of natural mummification, which led to these bodies — 59 or so are still on display — being shown in El Museo de las Momias (The Museum of the Mummies).

In 1970, El Santo battled these mummies, returned from the dead, in Santo contra Las Momias de Guanajuato and would return one year later to battle the trio of Superzan, Tinieblas and Blue Angel in El Castillo de Las Momias de Guanajuato.

Here and now, this movie seems to be a vehicle for Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras, who have so often played second banana to El Santo. The team is in town to defend their tag belts — and for Mil to see his girlfriend Lina (Elsa Cárdenas, who was also in Madame Death) — when one of the mummies named Satan (played by Tinieblas!) awakens from his sleep and remembers that a hundred years ago, the ancestor of El Santo defeated him for his title and put him and these mummies to sleep. Right off the bat, we learn that the Santo we’ve known all along is a legacy hero like The Phantom!

The bad guys go wild while Blue Demon pish poshes the notion that Santo is needed. Soon, he’s kidnapped and an imposter Blue Demon is ruining his good name. That’s when the man in the silver mask gets the call, showing up in his sportscar and telling Mil, “Hey, I think I have a flamethrower or three in my glovebox.” Yes, after ten minutes of Blue Demon and Mil armdragging and chopping mummies, Santo just happens to have the solution.

What follows is astounding: a miniature flamethrower being shot repeatedly at live actors. If you watch that scene and don’t love this movie with all your heart, I have no idea why you’re on our site.

Director Federico Curiel made the Nostradamus vampire movies and plenty of luchador films, so he knows exactly what you want out of this movie. No fluff, no filler, just luchador on monster action. Viva El Enmascarado De Plata! Viva Leyenda de Azul ! Viva Mil Mascaras!

You can download this from the Internet Archive.

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