Santo and Blue Demon Against the Monsters (aka Santo el enmascarado de plata y Blue Demon contra los monstrous)
Gilberto Martínez Solares
The body of an evil scientist, Dr. Hader (Jorge Rado), is stolen by a band of zombies. Blue Demon fresh off of a wrestling match, decides to investigate. He finds the monsters have revived the mad doctor, just before he is captured and duplicated. He's sent off to help resurrect a whole gang of creatures including, Dracula and the Wolfman. Once they are gathered, Dr. Hader sends them all off to kill and maim anyone they can find. Only El Santo stands in their way.
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This is first Santo film I’ve reviewed that included a team-up with Santo and Blue Demon. Rivals in the ring, and at best distant acquaintances outside of it, they none the less make a fun team. It’s too bad that Blue Demon gets cloned and becomes a pawn of Dr. Halder early into the story, just so that he and Santo have an excuse to fight. They both have a natural charisma that makes them interesting to watch, but Blue Demon is a much better at selling action on camera. I initially attributed this to a difference in age but Santo would have been around 53 years old for this film, and Blue Demon only five years his junior.
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Santo and Blue Demon Against the Monsters confines the usually laborious wrestling matches to the beginning with some rarely seen female luchadors, and later where the match (gasp) actually has something to do with the plot. Sure, there is a long musical number from another film slapped in the middle of the story, but for a Santo film, Against the Monsters keeps up the action and is one of the most entertaining entries yet.