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Monday, October 6, 2014

31 Days of Halloween 2014: Day 6

Week #2: Weird Werewolves
Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dracula and the Wolf Man
(aka Santo y Blue Demon vs Drácula y el Hombre Lobo)
1973
Miguel M. Delgado

Mexico’s most celebrated luchador, Santo finds himself tasked with protecting the family of Dr. Luis Cristaldi (Jorge Mondragón). Dr. Cristaldi’s ancestor was a wizard who put Dracula (Aldo Monti) and his loyal servant Rufus the Wolfman (Agustín Martínez Solares) in the grave via a magical knife. A creepy guy named Eric (Wally Barron), has kidnapped Dr. Cristaldi and used his blood to resurrect the pair of monsters. Dracula and Rufus waste no time in creating an army of vampires and werewolves to finish off the Cristaldi family. Santo calls in his pal Blue Demon to help fight them off.

When Santo and Blue Demon aren’t playing chess or showing off their impressive sweater collections, they are kicking werewolves in the head and throwing javelins through vampires. Although the film opens and closes with some non-plot related wrestling that goes on way to long, the story in between is enjoyable schlock. I liked the fact that it was Rufus the wolf-man and not Dracula, who is tasked with seducing one of the Cristaldi daughters. Eric steals the movie with a truly creepy performance and an astounding demise. There is something oddly amusing about watching gruesome bloodletting with a light jazz soundtrack. It takes Santo and Blue Demon a little too long to figure out what’s going on, but once the fighting starts, its exciting silly stuff.

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