When it comes to luchador movies, masked wrestler movies made in Mexico, there is a certain amount of disbelief that is necessary to really enjoy them.
To do this, we must go to a place that I call Horror Mexico.
There is the Mexico that exists right now, and then there is Horror Mexico.
Horror Mexico is a place where monsters exist, where terror is a common occurrence, and where Masked Wrestlers walk down the street, with a girl on each arm, just daring those monsters and terrors to come out of hiding so that they can punch them in their horror faces.
Horror Mexico is a place where “Santo and Blue Demon vs the Monsters” would exist without anyone blinking an eye.
To say that luchadors and their movies are beloved in the country is a massive understatement.
The combination of movies, tv shows, comic books, and other products made the masked wrestler a part of everyday life and made them heroes to thousands, if not perhaps millions of young children.
Today we enter Horror Mexico for the first time on the show, and we talk about the most beloved Luchador of all time, Santo, the Saint, the Man in the Silver Mask.
I do hope you enjoy it.
For this month’s review, we are heading over to the good folks at Horror News.net, where Charleston Picou has written a very nice little piece on Santo and Blue Demon vs the Monsters, along with some screenshots that will prove that I wasn’t making all this up.
You may get the impression that I hated the movie. I should have, but it manages to be enjoyable because it’s unintentionally funny. It’s just so silly, and its flaws so obvious, that it was hard not to laugh at this flick. I believe the movie was meant for a younger audience, so I can appreciate it on that level as well. Considering what I suspect the target demographic for the film was, I don’t think this was a film designed to be taken seriously anyways. It’s at least good for a chuckle, and I think we could all use that from time to time.
Indeed, my friend. Indeed.
Just like “The Hideous Sun Demon”, there is a spirit of free-wheeling craziness about this film.
It’s like Santo got Blue Demon and a bunch of his friends, a few cameras and decided to just make it up as they go along.
“Go beat up that monster!”
“Hey who knows a little person who can act?”
“What would happen if we had an underground lair under a CASTLE?”
Want to learn more about the luchadors? Head over to Luchawiki!
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