In this one, wrestler/hero/crimefighter is also a scientist, and not a bad one at
that, for he has invented a time machine (in this case a device to take
a person back to his/her past life). He does show it to fellow
scientist, but they scoff at him since he hasn't yet actually tried it
out. Thank god for his mentor's (Carlos Agosti) daughter Noelia Noel,
who is willing to be his first test subject (you see, for some reason
the time machine works primarly on women). Curiously enough, she seems
to have lived her past life in the 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula
(the similarities to this movie are hard to overlook, though you might
see glimpses of the Hammer adaptation as well), & naturally, the
good count Dracula (Aldo Monti) wants to take Noelia for his vampire
bride. Thankfully, just glimpses before he can do that, Santo (who has
witnessed everything on a TV-screen on which to monitor the time
travelling) pulls her out of her past life, back to '68. But as a proof
his time machine actually worked, Santo now has to find Dracula's
treasure, which means he & company (being Noelia, Agosti & comic
relief Alberto Rojas) have to visit the good count's crypt to get his
medaillon & ring, that would lead them to it. To bad they were
followed by the Black Hood & his hoodlums, & even worse they forget
the ring (!) in the crypt - which of course the Black Hood gets.
Luckily, though, the Hood agrees to put the ring as a wager on a public
wrestling match (!!) between Santo & his son. Santo wins & gets
the ring, but the Hood still has a trick up his sleeve, & so he
resurrects Dracula, who is more determined than ever to get ring &
medaillon back - but settles for Noelia instead, the love he thought
lost. A final confrontation in the vampire's cave ensues, with the reign
of the vampire finally ended when Santo's wrestler friends blow w hole
in the roof of it, having the sunlight destroy Dracula & company,
while the Hood is unmasked as Roberto G.Rivera, one of the scientists
who scoffed at Santo in the beginning.
One of these campy great Mexican wrestler movies, mixing styles
& influences quite deliberately, having wrestling matches, parts of
Bram Stokers Dracula & time travel all packed up neatly in a wild
bundle & while the script is somewhat formulaic, you still don't
quite know what to expect. & if that wasn'T enough, we see Santo
wearing a business suit (but still in mask), presumably to show he's a
serious scientist now, & later (still in mask) we even see him
wearing pyjamas & a bathrobe.
Tremendous if somewhat childish fun.
Alberto 'Caballo' Rojas, who later became a star in his own right,
made his screen debut here as comic relief, but it didn't seem anybody
did know how to properly use him - he being treated extremely rudely by
Santo & the rest of the cast.
This movie was reedited for the foreign market & released as El
Vampiro y el Sexo, with some scenes re-shot with Dracula's vampire
women in the nude - they wear black robes in the Mexican version -
making this one a sexploitation picture - which is kind of ironic, since
in Mexico this film (as many Santo-features) was aimed primarily at the
juvenile market !