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El Hacha Diabólica

Hacha Diabólica, El (1965) Movie Poster
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Mexico  •    •    •  Directed by: José Díaz Morales.  •  Starring: Santo, Lorena Velázquez, Fernando Osés, Bety González, Mario Sevilla, Mario Orea, Guillermo Hernández, José Alvarez Valdez, Mario Zebadúa 'Colocho, Martha Lasso Rentería, Emilio Garibay, Carlos Suárez, Margarito Luna.  •  Music by: Jorge Pérez.
     El Santo is chased throughout 4 centuries by a mysterious masked man called El Encapuchado Negro.

Review:

Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Image from: Hacha Diabólica, El (1965)
Significant entry in the Santo canon because it manages (through the use of time travel, back to the year 1603) to provide our hero with an origin story. Like The Phantom ("the first costumed super hero") and The Green Hornet (a descendant of none other than The Lone Ranger), El Santo comes from a long line of masked heroes. (As with the origin of The Lone Ranger- as shown in the television episode, ENTER THE LONE RANGER-, Santo1603 never shows his face. He first appears wearing a silver domino mask and later, during a duel, is careful not to present his mug to the camera. Huerta, like other performers before him- Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger, who rarely appeared in public sans mask, or Harpo Marx, who wouldn't speak in public- understood the value of Image... and so hid his own from view.) The only real problem I had with this one was the time travel angle: I would've preferred a straight period-piece telling of his origin. A quibble, perhaps, but a quibble, nonetheless.

Review by insomniac_rod [IMDB 3 January 2010] from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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