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When masked wrestler El Santo is hired by private eye Jaime Pons
(Federico Falcón) to go on a werewolf hunt, he thinks very little of it
... until later that day, he is attacked by a wolfpack, and scarcely makes
it out alive. When he wants to hook up with Jaime Pons afterwards, he is
already dead, killed by a wolf.
Santo hooks up with Pons' employer Cesar
Harker (Rodolfo de Anda), who tells him about the werewolves (or
lycanthropes, as they are called in this film) who want to take over the
world - and kill Harker and his family, the only ones immune to the
werewolf's bite, and therefore natural werewolf hunters. And Harker had
Pons turn to Santo because of Santo's silver mask, which might help
against the werewolves, as thea are allergic to silver.
Before Santo can
do anything much though, Cesar is killed, but his brother Erik (also
Rodolfo de Anda) steps in to fight on Santo's side - as does a bald gipsy
(Carlos Suárez), while doctor Marcus (Carlos Jordán), the local
physician, does everything to convince the others that werewolves are
nothing but peasants' superstition, against his better knowledge - until
Santo and friends find out he himself is a werewolf, but he tries to
suppress his lycanthropic urges and poses no threat to the others ...
contrary to his sister Julieta (Emilia Carranza), who is eventually
revealed the queen of the werewolves.
However, eventually, Santo and
friends find out they can only end the werewolves' threat by killing
Licar, the king of the werewolves, at the next red moon, which is only
days away, while the werewolves become more dangerous, more daring and
more sophisticated by the hour ... good thing then that Licar has just
arrived in a box from Transylvania, and after a long battle against him
and his werewolf-army, Santo manages to throw Licar from some cliffs to
his death and this way end the werewolves' reign of the region.
of all, what's bad about this film: The story is way too complex and
features way too many too similar characters to really follow the
goings-on properly, the effects are sub-par and the titular she-wolves
look ridiculous, pretty much like bearded ladies in fur bikinis.
vs the She-Wolves is not a bad film as such - of course, it's trashy
as can be, but it's also pretty well-paced, features a huge amount of
action and does indeed manage to build up some atmosphere. And the
werewolves, despite their ludicrous makeup, do seem genuinely threatening
thanks mainly to their large numbers.
In all, Santo vs the She-Wolves
is quite certainly no great horror film, but a nice and cheap little
shocker that delivers its goods and keeps one entertained throughout -
provided of course one can accept the movie's shortcomings.