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Spanish with English subtitles

With El Santo, Joaquín Cordero, Norma Suárez, Fernando Oses "El Incógnito"

This newly restored Cuban-Mexican horror-action cult classic opens with three gangsters cornering El Santo in a deserted alley and knocking him out. He is then taken to the laboratory of a crazed Doctor Campos and turned into a docile servant through a series of injections and electric shocks. Filming was done in late ’50s pre-Revolution Cuba and ended just the day before Fidel Castro entered Havana, and declared the victory of the revolution, forcing the filmmakers to flee prematurely (with the unprocessed 35mm negative smuggled inside a coffin).

Santo vs. the Evil Brain marks the cinematic debut of El Santo (Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta) and solidified his status as Mexico’s quintessential masked luchador through a whole network of pop culture spinoffs, including a comic book series and, most notably, the 52 wrestling-themed films that cemented his legend on the silver screen. His acting career spanned four decades, dazzling audiences from all around the world with his skills and talent.

Praised by Tarantino and B-cult movie lovers, Pragda’s El Santo film collection also includes Santo vs. the Riders of Terror (René Cardona, 1970) and Santo vs. the Infernal Men (Joselito Rodríguez, 1961), both in their newly restored versions.

About the Director
Born in Mexico City in 1907, Joselito Rodríguez developed what was at the time the lightest portable sound equipment, weighing just twelve pounds. The first recordings using his equipment took place in Mexico in 1929, and Joselito Rodríguez began marketing his technology as the Rodríguez Bros. Sound Recording System. He directed his first film in 1940, and subsequently worked on numerous films as director and screenwriter. Joselito Rodríguez died in Mexico City in 1985.
Notes on Film

The restoration from the original 35mm negative was created by The Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive, which houses many copies of the popular luchador films, in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive, allowing an important piece of Mexican pop culture to return to cinemas.

The Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive was heavily damaged in the massive earthquake that struck Mexico in 2017. The archive is housed between the Mexican town of Tepoztlán, the UCLA Film Archives, and the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles – its genesis and survival have been far from easy.