Friday, March 21, 2008

Santo! Santo! Santo!

Continuing with the theme of Mexican horror, it only makes sense to devote a post to Santo and his movies. Starting off with my personal favorite of his movies, Santo in the Treasure of Dracula. This movie has it all, well, except sex that is. Lets hope that the rumored DVD release of the long lost sex version of the movie El Vampiro y El Sexo materializes one day. Treasure has Santo showing off his scientific skills by building a sort of time machine and sending a woman back to the time of Dracula so that she can find where his rumored treasure is hidden. Next up, Santo vs. the Vampire Women. Though somewhat lacking in the story department, the movie more than makes up for it with incredible gothic atmosphere and sets.

Next, we get into uncharted territory as I've never seen any of the movies listed below. Here we have Mexican and Spanish posters for Santo vs. the Zombies, Santo vs. Baron Brakola, Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter, and finally, Santo vs. the Riders of Terror.

Here we have a couple of interesting posters. The poster for Santo in the Hotel of Death has sort of a film noir feel to it with a caped, skull-faced monster wearing a fedora surrounded by sexy women. The poster for Santo and Blue Demon in the Land of the Dead rips off graphic elements from Vincent Price's House of Usher, (note the woman in the coffin). Finally, Santo's pal Blue Demon gets into the action with Invasion of the Dead and Blue Demon vs. the Satanic Power.

Next up: Boris Karloff goes to Mexico to end his film career!

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