Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 23 – Santo Contra Hombres Infernales

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Santo Contra Hombres Infernales (1961)

El Santo helps an undercover agent take down a gang of drug smugglers.

A small disclaimer up front, I didn’t watch this with subtitles.  I was able to follow along well enough.  El Santo speaks the universal language, wrestling.  Also it’s not a horror movie in the way I expected.  Hombres Infernales translates to Infernal Men.  Infernal by definition means referring to hell or the underworld.  Santo is known for his battles against supernatural foes so I was hoping for Santo vs. Hellish Dudes but got Santo vs. Crime Guys, but honestly isn’t crime and drug use the real horror?  No, not really.  It was surprising how little Santo is present in the movie.  He’s there for the first minute or two back dropping thugs then he’s swimming in and out of the movie for the remainder.  Don’t read ahead if you don’t want this spoiled.  The end took me by surprise because the undercover agent is shot, the scene fades to black, and wakes up in the hospital.  Apparently Santo took care of the climax of the movie while he was unconscious.  Even not understanding the majority of the dialogue, this flew by and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

America’s closest analog to El Santo is Hulk Hogan of course.  Listen to the Motion Picture Meltdown episode where we talk about one of his movies, Santa With Muscles.

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