Santo in the Treasure of Dracula (aka Santo en el tesoro de Dracula)
El vampiro y El Sexo
Ray Cardona Jr.
Santo builds a time machine. I don't even know if the film needed to go much beyond that. Santo builds a time machine is a movie in itself. This time machine isn't the kind where you sit in a chair or lay down in a box and poof you're suplexing dinosaurs. Rather, you are sent back in time to inhabit a relative from the past. This also allows a room for full of people to gawk at your adventures on a tiny television set. A woman named Luisa (Noelia Noel) volunteers to try out his new time machine and is sent back to the 19th century where she just happens to cross paths with Dracula and his eponymous treasure.
Treasure of Dracula actually exists in two versions, the standard one (well, as standard as any luchador film that involves time travel and vampires), and El Vampiro y El Sexo which contains several lengthy nude scenes on the part of Dracula's victims and his coterie of vampire women. Santo himself is never present in these scenes, but they are fairly well integrated into the film despite being completely superfluous.
|"I don't know... jiggle the handle or something."|
Treasure of Dracula manages to top the absurdity of Santo being a temporal engineer by having the most straight-up honorable bad guy in film history. He not only agrees to set up a wrestling match between a henchman and Santo to see who will right claim the keys to Dracula's treasure, he also gladly congratulates and hands everything over when Santo inevitably wins. Of course, he's looking to take everything back through duplicity later on, but up until that point he's very congenial.
|It's hotter because he know Santo might be watching.|
I wouldn't call Treasure of Dracula good, but it's so very odd, that there is something compelling about it. It's is a mash-up of Gothic horror, science-fiction, action, and goofball comedy that could only possibly exist in the strange world of luchador films. In that respect, it is a treasure in itself. I would say give this one a look, especially El Vampiro y El Sexo, if you want to add some mild smut into the already heady mix.