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Film / Samson vs. the Vampire Women

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The one where El Santo wrestles vampires.

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.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: It's El Santo fighting vampires. What more need be said?
  • 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).
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  • 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.
  • Honor Before Reason: Once it becomes clear that Santo's opponent has been replaced with an impostor trying to kill him, Santo's cornerman tries to have the match called off, but Santo would rather die than send his fans home disappointed.
  • 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.
  • Serious Business: One of the vampire mooks pulls a Kill and Replace with El Santo's wrestling opponent. El Santo quickly realizes that this is not his actual opponent, and that the imposter is literally trying to kill him in the ring; yet, rather than have the match called, he chooses to see it through. It would be justifiable if it were made clear that Santo somehow senses that the imposter is one of the vampires (since he knows he must fight them eventually anyway so there's no point in running now), but no such thing is indicated.
  • 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?
  • Villains: Tandra is The Dragon and The Heavy; outgoing Queen Zorina is the Big Bad, and Satan is The Man Behind the Man who only appears as a voiceless shadow on the wall.