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Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Friday, June 24, 2011
Well, we've come to week 13. It feels appropriate that the 13th movie deals with Santo combating yet another satanically empowered enemy. That's what makes the diabolical axe just so diabolical you see. This time out, the filmmakers behind the El Santo movies must have decided that Santo needed a grand, arch enemy of sorts. Enter the diabolical axe.
While a good deal of the film deals with the conflict between the wielder of said Axe, and Santo, it uses this device as a through way to Santo's ultimate origin. There have been hints in the past as to what exactly his deal is, but this film deals mostly with Santo's lineage. We know that the mantle of El Santo has been passed down through one family for generations. Now we're privy to the establishment of this title, in the 1600s. What's interesting is that this information doesn't come until half way through the movie. The film begins, once again, rather jarringly, with a parade of monks at twilight, burying what is revealed to be Santo. Only, its not OUR El Santo, since his freshly carved headstones reveals the date to be in the 1600s. We then see the Black Mask, wielder of the diabolical axe, who vows at this Santo's grave to take his revenge on subsequent Santos for generations.
two and a half silver masks out of a possible five.
Fun Fact: In ancient Persian religions, Ariman is thought to be the first personification of "the Devil".
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
So I've decided to add something to the year of el santo. I wanted to put together a form of record keeping, both for myself and for you readers. Below is all 52 of Santo's films listed in chronological order. The ones I've viewed and reviewed already will have a hot link next to the title "SEEN!" that will take readers directly back to those reviews. The rest will have "ERD:", meaning Expected Review Date next to the title, with the date I expect the review to be up for your reading pleasure. I try to have these things posted every friday, and will hopefully stick to the dates I have listed here. The plan is to update this list quarterly, or about every 90 days. Its a way for readers new and old to catch up and keep up with all things El Santo, and maybe get a chuckle out of some of the funky titles in store for us down the road...
Santo filmography (in order)
- Santo contra el cerebro del mal (Santo Vs. The Evil Brain, 1958) SEEN!
- Santo contra hombres infernales (Santo vs. The Infernal Men, 1958) SEEN!
- Santo contra los zombies (Santo vs. The Zombies, 1961) SEEN!
- Santo contra el rey del crimen (Santo vs. The King of Crime, 1961) SEEN!
- Santo en el hotel de la muerte (Santo In The Hotel of Death, 1961) SEEN!
- Santo contra el cerebro diabolico (Santo vs. the Diabolical Brain, 1962) SEEN!
- Santo contra las mujeres vampiro (Santo vs. The Vampire Women, 1962) SEEN!
- Santo en el museo de cera (Santo In The Wax Museum, 1963) SEEN!
- Santo contra el estrangulador (Santo vs. The Strangler, 1963) SEEN!
- El espectro del estrangulador (Santo vs. The Ghost of the Strangler, 1963) SEEN!
- Blue Demon contra el poder satánico (Blue Demon vs. Satanic Power, 1964) SEEN!
- Santo en Atacan las brujas (Santo in The Witches Attack, 1964) SEEN!
- El hacha diabólica (Santo in The Diabolical Axe, 1964) ERD: 6/24/11
- Santo en los profanadores de tumbas (Santo in The Grave Robbers, 1965) ERD: 7/1/11
- Santo en el Barón Brakola (Santo in Baron Brakola, 1965) ERD: 7/8/11
- Santo contra la invasión de los marcianos (Santo vs. The Martian Invasion, 1966) ERD: 7/15/11
- Santo contra los villanos del ring (Santo vs. The Villains of the Ring, 1966) ERD: 7/22/11
- Santo en Operación 67 (Santo in Operation 67, 1966) ERD: 7/29/11
- Santo en el tesoro de Moctezuma (Santo in The Treasure of Moctezuma, 1967) ERD: 8/5/11
- Santo en el tesoro de Drácula (Santo in Dracula's Treasure, 1968) ERD: 8/12/11
- Santo contra Capulina (Santo vs. Capulina, 1968) ERD: 8/19/11
- Santo contra Blue Demon en la Atlántida (Santo vs. Blue Demon in Atlantis, 1969) ERD: 8/26/11
- Santo y Blue Demon contra los monstruos (Santo and Blue Demon vs. the Monsters, 1969) ERD: 9/2/11
- Santo y Blue Demon en el mundo de los muertos (Santo and Blue Demon in the World of the Dead, 1969) ERD: 9/9/11
- Santo contra los cazadores de cabezas (Santo vs. The Headhunters, 1969) ERD: 9/16/11
- Santo frente a la muerte (Santo Faces Death, 1969) ERD: 9/23/11
- Santo contra los jinetes del terror (Santo Vs The Terror Riders, 1970) ERD: 9/30/11
- Santo en la venganza de las mujeres vampiro (Santo in the Revenge of the Vampire Women, 1970) ERD: 10/7/11
- Santo contra la mafia del vicio (Santo vs. The Mafia of Vice, 1970) ERD: 10/14/11
- Santo en la venganza de la momia (Santo in the Mummy's Revenge, 1970) ERD: 10/21/11
- Santo en Las momias de Guanajuato (Santo in The Mummies of Guanajuato, 1970) ERD: 10/28/11
- Santo en el misterio de la perla negra (Santo in the Mystery of the Black Pearl, 1971) ERD: 11/4/11
- Santo contra la hija de Frankenstein (Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter, 1971) ERD: 11/11/11
- Santo en Misión suicida (Santo in Suicide Mission, 1971) ERD: 11/18/11
- Santo contra los asesinos de otros mundos (Santo vs. the Killers from Other Worlds, 1971) ERD: 11/25/11
- Santo y el tigresa en el aguila real (Santo and the Tigress in the Royal Eagle, 1971) ERD: 12/2/11
- Santo y Blue Demon contra Drácula y el Hombre Lobo (Santo and Blue Demon Vs. Dracula and the Wolf Man, 1972) ERD: 12/9/11
- Santo contra los secuestradores (Santo Vs. The Kidnappers, 1972) ERD: 12/16/11
- Santo contra la magia negra (Santo vs. Black Magic, 1972) ERD: 12/23/11
- Santo y Blue Demon en las bestias del terror (Santo and Blue Demon in the Beasts of Terror, 1972) ERD: 12/30/11
- Santo contra las lobas (Santo vs. The She-Wolves, 1972) ERD: 1/6/12
- Santo en Anónimo mortal (Santo in Anonymous Death Threat, 1972) 1/13/12
- Santo y Blue Demon contra el doctor Frankenstein (Santo and Blue Demon Vs Dr. Frankenstein, 1973) ERD: 1/20/12
- Santo contra el doctor Muerte (Santo Vs Dr. Death, 1973) ERD: 1/27/12
- Santo en la venganza de la llorona (Santo in the Revenge of the Crying Woman, 1974) ERD: 2/3/12
- Santo en Oro negro (Santo in Black Gold, 1975) ERD: 2/10/12
- Santo en el Misterio en las Bermudas (Santo in The Bermuda Mystery, 1977) ERD: 2/17/12
- Santo en la frontera del terror (Santo at the Border of Terror, 1979) ERD: 2/24/12
- Santo contra el asesino de televisión (Santo vs the TV Killer, 1981) ERD: 3/2/12
- Chanoc y el hijo del Santo contra los vampiros asesinos (Chanoc and Son of Santo vs. The Killer Vampires, 1981) ERD: 3/9/12
- Santo en el puño de la muerte (Santo in Fist of Death, 1982) ERD: 3/16/12
- Santo en la furia de los karatekas (Santo in Fury of the Karate Experts, 1982) ERD: 3/23/12
Friday, June 17, 2011
So we're now two months into the year of el santo. We've had weeks where its fun, and weeks where its an endurance test. I should say I have had weeks that are either fun, or an endurance test. It's probably amusing to the rest of you to watch me suffer through some of this nonsense. Well, that's the point of this thing, right? This week's film is one of the many that falls in the middle of those two extremes. At times entertaining, and at times maddening, and managing to do both within a 79 minute run time, las brujas at least manages to do one thing right, which is stay away from tedious sidekicks like Milton and Fernando. The actor who previously portrayed our buddy Kangaroo kick returns, as the concerned boyfriend/captive, but he's fairly harmless this time out.
He has to be in almost all of these Santo movies. He's usually someone grappling with Santo, whether it be a henchman, or an opponent in the ring. He must have been part of Santo's stunt team or something. He actually appears in the Infernal Men as an undercover cop working amongst those infernal men. What's interesting here, is that not only does he play one of the Witches' warlock henchmen, but he's also in the only wrestling match in the entire picture, AND said wrestling match is the exact same bloody affair from last week's Blue Demon film! You can dismiss it as cheap stock footage being reused by the producers to save money, but I'm not! It's obviously meant to convey that this Santo movie takes place at the same time as Blue Demon vs. Satanic Power.
|It looks like its sexy time for El Santo!|
Of course, the whole scene goes to pot, partly because Santo is fully aware that its a trap, and partly because the witch doing the seducing has hairy legs. Put some Nair on that shit!
Two silver masks out of a possible Five
Fun Fact: Witchcraft is big business in Mexico, similar to voodoo in some Caribbean countries.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Week 11 has arrived, and so has our first Blue Demon movie. Santo mostly cameos in this, as it is a solely Blue Demon vehicle. Before I delve into the plot of Poder Satanico, I feel I need to explain Blue Demon a little bit, for the uninitiated. El Santo had tried to ask for more money for his starring roles in his wrestling pictures. The producers worried he was going to be a problem, and decided to cultivate another masked wrestler, in case Santo's demands became too difficult to accommodate. The decision was made to groom Santo's popular rival Blue Demon into a wrestling picture leading man. Blue Demon would prove a popular draw, and himself would amass a whopping 25 films, until his retirement from acting in the late 70s. As far as quality and content, while his films are considered to be extremely similar in plot devices as the Santo pictures, there are many that prefer Blue Demons films to Santo's, as he was considered the "edgier", "meaner" luchador hero. One might say that Blue Demon is to Santo what War Machine is to Iron Man, only less black.
Silver Masks not applicable due to lack of El Santo.
Fun Fact: Blue Demon and El Santo were actually very long time rivals, due to Santo losing to Blue Demon several times in the 1950s.
Friday, June 3, 2011
It's week 10, and we're back with a direct sequel to last week's Santo vs. the Strangler. A lot of the same characters return, even the Strangler. There's no ghost. He's back, body and soul. It makes no sense, since he's obviously dead at the end of the last film, and is obviously dead at the beginning of this one. Oh yeah, Milton's back too...
Santo awakens inside, shown in a well crafted side view, and then proceeds to escape, but rolling himself over, and pushing on the casket lid (and six feet of dirt) with his ass...
Two Silver Masks out of a possible Five.
Fun Fact: Most Child Stars usually become drug addicts.
A special note: Next week's review will be of our first Blue Demon movie, which Santo cameos in. I hope you're as excited as I am!