Samson in the Wax Museum (1963)

Article #741 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-26-2003
Posting Date: 8-23-2003
Directed by Alfonso Corona Blake
Featuring Santo, Norma Mora, Fernando Oses

Samson is called onto the case when a series of mysterious disappearances occur in the vicinity of a wax museum.

A couple of movies ago I posed the cinematic question; How did Samson end up in thirteenth-century China? Now I ask what he was doing in a Wax Museum, a phenomenon somewhat even farther from the biblical times from which Samson hearkened. The answer is simple; it’s not Samson, it’s Santo, the Silver Maskman; in fact, if you listen during the crowd scenes in the wrestling matches, you can hear them calling out ‘Santo! Santo! Santo!”, not “Samson! Samson! Samson!”. Of course, all the other dialogue is dubbed (and badly), but that’s to be expected. The movie trots on for about forty minutes pretending that no one has any idea who is responsible for the disappearances (anyone in the movie, that is; the average viewer should figure it out in ten seconds). There’s some nice horror scenes of wax figures coming to life, and some scattered fun throughout. Incidentally, there are three wrestling scenes; this translates into three trips to the refrigerator, though you may want to catch Santo’s cocky opponent in the third match. Incidentally, the climax of this movie bears a slight resemblance to the one in THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES.


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