Santo - The Witches Attack (aka Atacan las brujas)
José Díaz Morales
Santo comes in contact with Ofelia (María Eugenia San Martín), who has a reoccurring dream of being attacked by band of witches and rescued by Santo. Santo looks into the matter and discovers that her house is the home of Myra (Lorena Velázquez), Queen of the Witches. Myra needs to sacrifice Ofelia soon, or else the Prince of Darkness will be very upset with her. Will Ofelia’s dream come true, or will she and Santo be sacrificed to the forces of evil?
The Witches Attack starts off with strange sequence in which we catch Santo in mid-rescue attempt, as he scales a wall into a creepy mansion, looking to free a young woman, Ofelia. He’s soon overpowered by three goons and chained to a table. The Queen of the Witches and her entourage approach, intent on sacrificing Ofelia and Santo. Santo bursts from his chains and forms a cross with his arms, forcing the witches to flee. The woman wakes with a start; it was all a dream.
|"There's no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure."|
Much like Judge Dredd, we learn that Santo rarely if ever takes off his headwear, even to sleep. I did enjoy the fact that Santo is out of his depth regarding the more blatant supernatural elements. Sure he can punch a thug in the head and then bodyslam him, but throw one teleporting seductress his way, and he’s just as confused as anyone else. I think giving him opponents he can’t just suplex away is effective way to keep some dramatic tension going. You know Santo is going to prevail, so the question has to become how?
|I think I saw this scene in Ghostbusters.|
This is a middle-of-the-road Santo film; the opening and Santo’s repeated assaults by the witches are some of the best parts. The story is muddled and the repeated dream sequence does little but rob the climax of any energy. Not the worst Santo film by any stretch, but there are better ones.