South of the Border cinema horrors return on Friday, January 23 at Liberty Hall
In Santo vs. The Zombies (1962), everybody's favorite luchador hero grapples with an army of hulking zombies controlled by a hooded master criminal. This was Santo's first leading role and the movie's a loony mashup of classic horror films, Republic serials of the 1940s, comic books and (of course) lucha libre. The cast includes a number of familiar faces from Mexican cinema, including Armando Silvestre, Jaime Fernandez and Irma Serrano, all of whom appeared in other lucha libre films as well. Santo vs. the Zombies was one of a handful of Santo films dubbed into English in the early '60s for American TV. It was followed the next year by the greatest Santo film of all, Santo vs. the Vampire Women.
Our second mind-blowing feature is Doctor of Doom (1963) or, as it was known in Mexico, Las Luchadoras vs. El Medico Asesino. This was the first of a half dozen "wrestling women" movies made in Mexico in the '60s, and fans consider it the best of the bunch. When they're not kicking butt in the ring, Gloria Venus and the Golden Rubi (played by the gorgeous Lorena Velasquez and Elizabeth Campbell) investigate a series of kidnappings perpetrated by - wait for it - another mad doctor in a mask. As they say, hijinks ensue.
Please join us Friday, January 23 at 7:00pm at Lawrence's Liberty Hall. Tickets $7 and available at the door.
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