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Movie Review: ‘Santo y Blue Demon contra Dracula y el Hombre Lobo’

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Santo y Blue Demon contra Dracula y el Hombre Lobo

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Originally released in 1973, Santo y Blue Demon contra Dracula y el Hombre Lobo (Santo and Blue Demon against Dracula and the Wolfman) is another tag-team effort, with Santo and Blue Demon pitted against the wolfman and other classic monsters.

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Without doubt, the better enmascarados movies involved teams of two or more masked wrestlers, and one of the better monster team-ups consists of hunchback and mastermind Erik, Dracula (Aldo Monti from Santo y el Tesoro de Dracula), and the wolfman (whose name is Rufus Rex). The story begins with Erik preparing to revive the vampire and werewolf so that both can take their revenge upon Professor Cristaldi, his leggy daughter and niece, and granddaughter. It seems that many years ago, archmage Cristaldi used his alchemy powers to end the reign of terror of Dracula and the wolfman, both of whom were creating armies of the undead. So what’s in it for Erik? Why, the count’s gold, of course.

Most of the fight scenes either involve Erik’s minions, who are little more than street toughs, or Rex’s wolfmen, most of whom are pretty good wrestlers. The end of both Dracula and Rex is anticlimactic, with Santo simply pushing both into a pit filled with spikes. When not fighting the toughs or the wolfmen, Santo and Blue Demon busy themselves wrestling Angel Blanco and Renato el Hippie.

The screenplay is a bit spastic, never paying off setpieces or key props. For example, a magic dagger designed to destroy all evil is used by Santo during one scene, and that action takes places off-screen as is relayed through Erik. Later, Erik dies when the magic dagger “magically” turns on him. The underground lair of the monsters is cool and some of the costumes, such as the female vampire’s red and lacy dresses, work well.

This film is one of four found in Santo and the Monsters Boxed Set, Volume 1. It also can be obtained as a standalone title.

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