(375) SANTO vs THE STRANGLER (1963) Classic Santo Rarity!
Mexican/Spanish title: SANTO VS. EL ESTRANGULADOR [Santo versus
director: Rene Cardona
starring: Santo · Maria Duval · Alberto Vazquez · Begona Palacios ·
Carlos Moctezuma · Ofella Montesco
has been sarcastically suggested that there's a good reason this motion
picture slipped into obscurity. Some people call it one of the very
worst Santo films while others insist it is brilliant, just woefully
misunderstood by the fans.
Not only is Rene Cardona's movie conceptually different from a
traditional Santo film [the masked superhero usually fights groups of
etc.) rather than concentrating on one bad guy] but the production is
structurally different as well. It features an astonishing 9
music numbers, and 3 wrestling matches, plus a conclusion where
- even though Santo unmasks the killer - he's not the one who actually
The movie is closer to a Giallo, heavily influenced by Phantom
of the Opera. A vicious, masked predator is killing the female
starlets at the Variety Theater. The police are helpless in their investigation
so they turn to Santo for assistance.
film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; fullscreen format, (80 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGIONS NTSC FORMAT; extras include Santo theatrical
Recommended For Mature Audiences