Santo y Blue Demon Contra El Doctor Frankenstein (1974)

Miguel M. Delgado’s directing career stretched from 1941 to 1990 and along the way, he made 140 movies, including The Three MuskateersMr. Photographer and three Santo and Blue Demon films that put in the men in the silver and blue masks up against Frankenstein’s daughter, the wolfman and Dracula. Here, in the final of his three Santo movies, Delgado has unleashed Doctor Frankenstein’s grandson against the technicos.

113-year-old Dr. Irving Frankenstein (Jorge Russek, The Wild Bunch) is trying to bring his dead wife back to life — who he keeps in a glass case — and it doesn’t matter how many young women have to pay. What brings Santo and Blue Demon on the case is when he goes after their friend Alicia Robles (Sasha Montenegro, an Italian-born actress who is also in Santo in Anonymous Death ThreatThe Man and the Beast and Santo vs. Black Magic Woman).

Frankenstein also has an army of zombies that either fight en masse or take lucha matches against our heroes, which are always the best parts of these movies for me. One of those monsters is named Golem, which is a great enough name, but then they give him a mask and he wrestles as Mortis. He gets a match against Santo and nearly kills him — Irving is his manager and also has on a mask — until Blue Demon spots one of the zombies in the crowd and figures out what’s happening. They chase Irving and Golem into the rafters high above the arena, where they of course fall to their deaths.

I’ve said it before and I’ll certainly say it again, but no genre attracts me as much as the Santo films. He’s such a perfect foil to be cast against all manner of genres, adversaries and themes. Even if you’re not a fan of wrestling, I urge you to watch at least one.

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