Thursday, August 12, 2010
First Released: 1967
Ahh… Santo… Regular readers will know that, despite not being great cinema, I really rather enjoy Santo movies (indeed luchador films generally). This is one of the Santo films that sees him up against a fiendish Vampire, Baron Brakola (Fernando Osés).
The film begins in a rather spooky looking castle (or the corridors thereof) mummies and cobweb festooned suits of armour line the walls. There is a portrait of a woman that says Rebeca (Susana Robles) 1765.
It turns out that Luis is a descendant of Rebeca’s family and Santo (quite obviously) is a descendant of the Knight in the Silver Mask. Luis is also Silvia’s father but somehow knew that Brakola would return and thus abandoned her. He tells Santo the story of the past events… cue flashback.
This was destined to score higher until the post-flashback part of the film dragged on, but (certainly for the first half of the film) this does have everything a luchador film fan could want. 4.5 out of 10. The imdb page is here.