The world is in danger. Friends are in danger. There's a girl to
rescue. Ok guys El Santo is coming, but after, only after, the lucha
The legendary El Enmascarado de Plata shows the proverbial calm and slowness of the Latins in what is his most famous movie.
A movie that comes out from the Latin American continent and the USA
(where became Samson) to land in Europe with versions translated into
different languages. Apart from English and Portuguese, we also find
the French version “Superman contre les femmes vampires" and also
the Italian "Argos alla riscossa" in addition to distribution in the
United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain.
A good distribution surprising for a true B movie that every fan of the genre should see.
The story written by Antonio Orellana, Fernando and Rafael Garcia
Osés Travesi mix up without worries ancient Egypt and
vampires, while the direction of Alfonso Corona Blake, the first of the
series, shows us always without worries bats flying with visible wires
and inept policemen that thinks only use the whistle.
Already with these premises "Santo vs. las mujeres vampire "won a
place among the most interesting movies of the saga, but it
doesn’t stop there because we have to add a large number of
scenes only created to enhance the figure of El Santo. Our favorite
Mexican hero here is honored, revered, defined as a mysterious man that
no one knows who he is, descendant of a dynasty of wrestlers. And so we
see long moments of lucha libre that leave us to wonder if the director
really wanted to pay homage to El Santo or lengthen the playing time.
Or both things.
The knockout, however, comes from the presence of beautiful vampires
women who with the machismo of lucha libre make an irresistible and
successful combination. The "very bad" mujeres are lead by none other
than Miss Mexico 1960, Lorena Velasquez, who in those years
become a cine B icon and an actress appreciated in productions more
structured and Ofelia Montesco Peruvian actress who starred in "El
àngel exterminador " by Bunuel. All this framed is by
classic horror elements and in part by the sci-fi one. The result is an
amazing and beautiful movie with a bad production (that is one of the
richest of the series) and bad acting, but everything works well and
"Santo vs. las mujeres vampire" is one of the biggest commercial
successes of the series.
A (usual) prophecy predicts that one day a descendant of a dynasty of vampires will give life to the queen of the race.
This girl's name is Diana Orlof (we don’t know if there is a link
with “Gritos En la noche” by Franco) daughter of an
Egyptologist friend of El Santo with which he connects with a beautiful
TV. Meanwhile, the vampire women who “sleep” quietly in
their coffins in a cellar of a abandoned house awake and hoard human
blood, a bit to live, and a bit' to enlarge their army in which comes
also some men. Worried by this wave of murders and some bat flying,
Orlof and police ask for help to the hero, who destroy (only after
lucha libre) the villains
María Duval and Jaime Fernandez (who besides his actor career
was a good union leader) are two big Mexican stars who work with a cast
of actors rather famous in their country.
Technical Data Sheet
Title: El Santo vs. las mujeres vampire
Alternative titles: El santo Contra Las Vampiras, El santo vs. las
mujeres vampiros, The Saint Against the Vampire Women (Alternative),
Superman contre les femmes vampires (Belgium, France), Mulheres Vampire
(Brazil), Las mujeres vampire (Spain), Santo Versus the Vampire Women
(UK), Argos to the Rescue (Italy), Samson and the Vampire Women, Samson
Vs. the Vampire Women (USA)
Director: Alfonso Corona Blake
Cast: Santo, Lorena Velázquez, María Duval, Jaime
Fernández, Augusto Augusto bless bless, Xavier Loya, Ofelia
Montesco, Fernando Osés, Guillermo Hernández
Production Company: Filmadora Panamericana, Fonexsa, Tele-cine-radio SA