Santo and the Vengeance of the Mummy (aka El Santo en la Venganza de la Momia)
After beating some Italian wrestlers senseless, world famous luchador, Santo hooks himself up with some security work. His job is to escort a research team into the jungles of Guatemala. They are looking for the lost Opalche tribe and the tomb of a prince called, Nonoc. With some help from the reluctant locals they find Nonoc’s tomb. The expedition stupidly steals Nonoc’s treasures, despite several warnings about a curse. The next night, a mummy wielding a bow stalks the camp looking for revenge.
|"Umm... you know... for research..."|
Santo and the Vengeance of the Mummy suffers most from its threadbare production. There is some location shooting, but a large portion of the film takes place on obvious sets. They make no attempt to hide just how rubbery the mummy’s corpse actually is. Santo movies also feel the need to shoehorn in some wrestling at the beginning and end, and Vengeance of the Mummy is no different. At least this time its brief and reasonably well edited.
|"You know what? I'm happy."|
Santo and the Vengeance of the Mummy is a pretty middle of the road Santo film. It lacks the atmosphere of some of the early black and white films, and never reaches the silly heights of some of the later ones. What remains is a standard jungle action movie, with rote superstitious natives and angry wildlife. There are a few sparks of life here and there that almost salvage the film. If you are already versed in Santo films you can find things to enjoy here. If you’re just coming into them I would take a look at Santo vs. the Vampire Women (1962), or Santo vs. the Martian Invasion (1966) as more suitable introductions to El enmascarado de plata.