SANTO VS FRANKENSTEIN’S DAUGHTER (1972)
aka Santo vs. la hija de Frankestein
Article 2523 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-1-2008
Posting Date: 7-9-2008
Directed by Miguel M. Delgado
Featuring Santo, Gina Romand, Anel
The daughter of Frankenstein kidnaps Santo’s girlfriend in the hopes of luring the wrestler to her lair. There she plans to use his blood to improve her serum for eternal youth.
Hey, this movie reveals that Santo actually has a superpower; his blood contains a chemical that causes super healing abilities. That explains why he can take a licking and keep on ticking in the wrestling ring. It also explains why the Daughter of Frankenstein, (who has a serum that can return youth to the old, a legion of minions (all old men kept loyal by the threat of having their serum withheld), and two monsters to help battle wrestlers that show up) wants to capture him; apparently, she’s becoming immune to her own serum and needs his blood to freshen things up a bit. What emerges is the type of plot I call the “Capture-Go-Round”; almost all of the movie is about people being captured, escaping, being recaptured, escaping again, etc. etc. Obviously, this is one Santo movie that doesn’t stint on the fantastic elements. It also has a bit of obsession with gouging out visual organs, for those keeping their eyes open for movies like this. One monster here looks a lot like the one from NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES, the other is a variation on the basic Frankenstein monster. Lots of wrestling and Santo action, and it’s in color, too. You probably already know whether you’ll like this one or not.