Mystery men return for Cinema con Queso Friday, October 11 at Liberty Hall
The great El Santo is back for another high-flying, head-banging Cinema con Queso! This time out, we'll see El Santo's very FIRST film, Brain of Evil, shot in 1958 Havana during the Cuban revolution.
A crazed scientist kidnaps El Santo and, through a series of injections, mysterious rays and electric shocks, turns our hero into a baddie. Pretty soon another masked hero, El Incognito (played by Fernando Oses, who wrote and acted in many lucha libre action films), is on the bad guys' trail. What follows is a series of kidnappings, murders, brawls, double- and triplecrosses until justice is done.
Although shot in 1958, Brain of Evil wasn't released 'til 1961 and started off El Santo on a hugely successful film career. One of the treats of this fully restored version are the impressive exterior shots of a pre-revolution Havana!
Our second feature stars El Santo in The Vengeance of the Vampire Women (1970). Despite the title, is NOT a sequel to El Santo's most popular film El Santo vs. the Vampire Women (1963).
The vampire women of Mexico have awakened to take their revenge on the descendant of the man who destroyed them shortly after they had emigrated to Mexico during the 19th century. Sure it's basically the same plot as Santo vs. the Vampire Women but why mess with a winning formula, right?
There's a lot of sneaking around in this movie as El Santo hunts the vampire women while the vampire women hunt El Santo. Along the way there are also visits to smoky discotheques, street fights with gangsters, re-animated corpses and ludicrous plot twists.
Generally The Vengeance of the Vampire Women isn't El Santo as his best, but it's better than most.
Please join us Friday, October 11 at 7:00pm at Lawrence's Liberty Hall. Tickets $10 and available at the door.
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