Film / Samson vs. the Vampire Women

Samson vs. the Vampire Women ("Santo Contra Las Mujeres Vampiros") is a 1962 horror film starring the wrestling Mexican superhero El Santo/Samson.

The vampire women in Mexico have awakened from their sleep, commanded by their master, The Evil One, to find him a bride. They choose as their target the beautiful daughter (Duval) of a local professor (Augusto Benedico). To rescue his daughter, the professor calls El Santo, a silver-masked wrestler, for great justice. But even El Santo may have trouble with these Vampires; their mooks act like thugs and know Kung Fu.

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Samson vs. the Vampire Women has examples of:

  • Airplane Arms: The vampire mooks do this while holding their capes.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The vampires finally have El Santo in their power, tied up and helpless, but decide to remove El Santo's mask FIRST, giving time for the sun to shine in and burn them up.
  • The Chosen One: The same prophecy that warns about the vampires foretells a young warrior for justice wearing a silver mask who will fight them.
  • Gaslighting: The professor inadvertently does this to his own daughter by telling her that all the vampires she keeps seeing and who keep whispering into her mind and controlling her are just figments of her imagination, even though he knows that they're not. She starts thinking she's either going crazy or that she's alone against real monsters (when neither is the case).
  • Holy Burns Evil: Quite literally when one of Tandra's minions comes face to face with a church cross and bursts into flames before Santo can get to him.
  • Homage: There's a good chance that El Santo from Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter is a spoof of this movie's hero.
  • Kill and Replace: One of the vampires murders another wrestler and impersonates him in an attempt to kill Santo during a match.
  • Kill It with Fire: How the vampires finally die.
  • Masked Luchador: El Santo
  • Mask Power: El Santo
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Lady vampires in this movie do cast reflections, but the mirror shows them as ancient crones with a bad skin condition.
  • Mooks: The vampire thugs.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Seems like a fairly traditional vampire film until the Masked Luchador protagonist shows up, nearly halfway through the movie.
  • Shirtless Scene: Anytime Samson/El Santo appears in the film.
  • Superhero: El Santo.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The vampires. Blocking the windows from the sun never occurred to them?