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Santo vs the Zombies (Santo contra los zombies, 1962) – Episode 54 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Dead people who walk! You still don’t believe in zombies?” Of course we do! Join this episode’s Grue Crew – Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr – as they take in some Lucha libre featuring the great El Santo in Santo vs. the Zombies (original title: Santo contra los zombies).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 54 – Santo vs. the Zombies (1962)

Wrestling superhero Santo battles an evil scientist who has created a race of zombies.


  • Director: Benito Alazraki
  • Writers: Benito Alazraki, Antonio Orellana, Fernando Osés
  • Featured Cast:
    • Santo (Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta) as Santo / the Saint
    • Lorena Velázquez as Gloria Sandoval/Gloria Rutherford (US version)
    • Armando Silvestre as Lt. Sanmartin / Lt. Savage
    • Jaime Fernández as Det. Rodriguez
    • Dagoberto Rodríguez as Det. Chief Almada
    • Irma Serrano as Det. Isabel
    • Carlos Agostí as Genaro / Uncle Herbert
    • Ramón Bugarini as Rogelio / Roger, the male nurse
    • Alejandro Cruz as Black Shadow, a wrestler (as Black Shadow)
    • Gory Guerrero as Wrestler (as Gori Guerrero)
    • Sugi Sito as Wrestler
    • El Gladiador as Wrestler

Needless to say, your Classic Era Grue Crew loves Santo movies and Santo vs. the Zombies is no exception. Whitney recounts the importance of Santo in Mexico as relayed to her by her father, while Joseph schools everyone on some interesting information about lucha libre and luchadores. It is the classic battle between good and evil that warms Chad’s heart and as usual, he brings in a Batman connection. Jeff finally turns the corner as he too now loves the Santo movies and recommends director Benito Alazraki’s Curse of the Doll People (Muñecos infernales, 1961) as a decidedly creepy Mexican horror film.

Treat yourself to a fun-filled experience and watch Santo vs. the Zombies! While you’re at it, make it a double feature with Santo and Blue Demon Against the Monsters and revisit episode 19 of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era on that film. Better yet, let your Grue Crew know your favorite Santo movie. They expect to be covering more!

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. Hey, where else will you hear podcasts on films ranging from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) to The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) to Maneater of Hydra (1967)? The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Carl Th. Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932).

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.