SAADIA (1954/MGM.) 87mins.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Albert Lewin; Ph:
Christopher Challis; Ed: Harold F. Kress; Art: John Hawkesworth; Sfx: Tom Howard; Mus:
Bronislau Kaper. From the novel "Echec au Destin" by Francis D'Autheville.
Cast: Cornel Wilde, Rita Gam, Michel Simon, Cyril
Cusack, Mel Ferrer, Wanda Rotha, Peter Bull, Richard Johnson, Anthony Marlowe, Marcel
In an Arab village near the Sahara desert, the leader of the tribe hires Dr. Henrik,
(Ferrer), to help remove his people's fear of superstition, but a young woman named
Saadia, (Gam), believes she is under the spell of a sorceress, (Rotha), and that the
doctor's life is in danger.
An uneven mixture of medicine and magic with romantic pretentions filmed in Morocco.
SABU AND THE MAGIC RING (1957/Allied Artists) 61mins.
Credits: Dir: George Blair; Prod: Maurice Duke; Sc:
Sam Roeca, Benedict Freedman & John Fenton Murray; Ph: Harry Neuman; Ed: William
Austin; Art: David Milton; Sfx: Augie Lohman; Mus: Harry Sukman. Based on the stories of
the Arabian Nights.
Cast: Sabu, Daria Massey, Robert Shafto, Peter
Mamakos, John Doucette, William Marshall, Vladimir Sokoloff, Kenneth Terrell, Robin Moore.
Sabu recieves help from a genie, (Marshall), in a magic ring to chase some thieves to
retrieve a stolen girl and a priceless gem.
A low budget Arabian Nights adventure originally filmed as two seperate television pilots.
LE SADIQUE AUX DENTS ROUGE (1970/Cinevision) 80mins. Belgium.
Credits: Dir: Jean-Louis Van Belle; Mus: Raymond
Cast: Jane Clayton, Albert Simono, Daniel Moosemann.
A vampire undergoes treatment for his obsession with blood, but finally runs amok at a
fancy dress ball.
A cheaply made film with a shoddy looking vampire.
The title translates as "The Sadist with Red Teeth".
THE SADIST (1963/Chips/Fairyway
International) 81mins. BW.
Aka: THE PROFILE OF TERROR.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: James Landis; Prod: L. Steven
Snyder; Ex.Prod: Nicholas Merriwether; Ph: William (Vilmos) Zsigmond; Ed: Anthony M.
Lanza; Art: Mark von Berblinger; Mus: Rod Moss.
Cast: Arch Hall Jnr., Helen Hovey, Marilyn Manning,
Richard Alden, Don Russell.
A teenage psychotic, (Hall), terrorises three teachers who unfortunately become stranded
when their car breaks down at a roadside garage.
Hall is disturbingly credible as the psychopath.
Aka: RED LIPS; ROTE LIPPEN; TWO UNDERCOVER ANGELS.
Credits: Dir: Jesus Franco; Prod: Adrian Hoven; Sc:
Luis Revenga & Jesus Franco; Ph: Jorge Herrero & Franz Hofer; Art: Carlos Viudes
& Graf Pilati; Mus: Jerry Van Rooyen.
Cast: Janine Renault, Rossana Yanni, Chris Howland,
Alexander Engel, Marcello Arriota, Manuel Otero, Adrian Hoven.
Hired to find a missing woman, a female private eye discovers that her disappearance is
linked to a mysterious artist.
A badly acted and directed thriller. Many versions exists, all with varying amounts of
nudity. Avoid the poorly dubbed English language versions.
THE SAGA OF THE VIKING WOMEN AND THEIR VOYAGE TO THE
WATERS OF THE GREAT SEA SERPENT (1957) see The Viking Women
and the Sea Serpent
ST. GEORGE AND THE SEVEN CURSES (1962) see The Magic Sword
SAMSON AND THE SEVEN MIRACLES OF THE WORLD (1961)
see Maciste Alla Corte del Gran Khan
SAMSON IN KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1964)
see Maciste Nelle Miniere de Re Salomone
SAMSON IN THE WAX MUSEUM (1963) see Santo en el Museo de Cera
SAMSON VERSUS THE GIANT KING (1963) see Maciste Alla Corte Dello Zar
SAMSON VERSUS THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (1961)
see Santo Contra las Mujeres Vampiros
SAMURAI PIRATE (1964) see Daitozoku
LA SANGLASTE SORCIERE (1964) see I Lunghi
Capelli della Morte
SANGRE DE NOSTRADAMUS (1960/Bosas Priego SA.) BW. Serial. 10 episodes. Mexico.
Aka: THE BLOOD OF NOSTRADAMUS.
Credits: Dir: Frederick Curiel; Prod: Victor Parra;
Sc: Charles Taboada & Alfred Ruanova; Ed: Joseph J. Mungala.
Cast: German Robles, Julio A. Leman, Domingo Soler,
Manver (Manuel Casanueva), Aurora Alvarado.
A descendant, (Robles), of the famous fourteenth century prophet is a vampire pursued by
Professor Duran, (Soler), and police armed with silver bullets. Eventually the vampire is
destroyed with a stake after causing an eclipse of the moon.
This serial has been re-edited and re-dubbed into four feature films titled La Maldicion de Nostradamus, LA SANGRE DE NOSTRADAMUS, Nostradamus y el Destructor de Monstruos and Nostradamus el Genio de las Tinieblas. Some actually had new
footage added and were released directly to American television.
LA SANGRE DE NOSTRADAMUS was made from episodes "El Aparecido en el Covento",
"El Ave Negra" and "La Ultima Victima" with new footage directed by
SANGRE DE VIRGENES (1968/Azteca)
Aka: BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS.
Credits: Dir: Emilio Vieyra; Prod: Orestes Trueco.
Cast: Ricardo Bauleo, Gloria Prat, Susana Beltran,
Rolo Puente, Walter Kliche, Orestes A. Trueco.
A group of travellers spend the night in a lodge inhabited by a vampire.
A poorly made South American soft-core horror. In one scene a flock of seagulls are
supposed to be bats.
SANTA CLAUS (1959/Azteca) Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Rene Cardona; Prod: William Calderon
Stell; Sc: Rene Cardona & Adolpho Portillo; Ph: Raul M. Solares; Mus: A.D. Conde.
Cast: José Elias Moreno, Cesareo Quezadas, José Luis
Aguirre, Armando Arriola, Nora Veryan.
"See...the all time great Christmas classic!"
Jolly Santa teams up with Merlin the magician to combat the evil Red-Devil.
A silly seasonal adventure tale for children imported to America by producer K. Gordon
Murray with narration by Ken Smith.
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964/Jalor
Prod./Embassy) 82mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Nicholas Webster; Prod: Paul Jacobson;
Sc: Glenville Mareth; Ph: David Quaid; Art: Maurice Gordon; Mus: Milton Delugg. From a
story by Paul Jacobson.
Cast: John Call, Leonard Hicks, Pia Isadora, Vincent
Beck, Donna Conforti, Victor Stiles, James Cahill, Carl Donn, Jim Bishop, Leila Martin,
Charles G. Renn, Christopher Month, Bill McCutcheon, Joseph Eric, Lin Thurmond.
Santa, (Call), and two children are kidnapped by Martians because they have no Santa Claus
of their own on Mars. On the red planet Santa is forced to make toys for the Martian
children, but plots a rebellion on the planet that allows him to return to Earth just in
time for Christmas.
This extremely cheap production has since become something of a cult film despite the
arduous task of watching it.
One of the kidnapped children is a young Pia Isadora.
The song "Hooray For Santa Claus" was released as a single and the story was
issued as a comic book.
SANTO ATACA LAS BRUJAS (1964) see Atacan las
SANTO ATTACKS THE WITCHES (1964)
see Atacan las Brujas
SANTO CONTRA BLUE DEMON EN LA ATLANTIDA (1968/Sotomajor)
Credits: Dir: Julian Soler; Prod: Jesús Sotomajor
Martínez; Ex.Prod: Herberto Davila Guajardo; Sc: R.G. Travesi; Ph. & Sfx: Raúl
Martínez Solares; Ed: Jos Bustos; Art: Carlos Grandjean; Mu: Dolores Camarillo;
Mus: Gustavo Cesar Carréon.
Cast: Santo, Blue Demon (Alejandro Cruz), Jorge Rado,
Rafael Banquells, Silvia Pasquel, Magda Giner, Rosa María Pieiro, Griselda Mejia,
Marcello Villamil, Hector Guzman.
A Nazi scientist who has discovered the secret of eternal youth, creates an evil duplicate
of the wrestler Blue Demon to help him rule the world from his secret headquarters in
Atlantis. Santo attempts to thwart the villain's plans.
The title translates as Santo Versus The Blue Demon In Atlantis.
SANTO CONTRA EL BARON BRAKOLA (1965/Filmica
Vergara) BW. Mexico.
Aka: EL BARON BRAKOLA.
Credits: Dir: José Díaz Morales; Prod: Enrique
Vergara & Roy Fletcher; Sc: Rafael Garcia Traversi.
Cast: Santo (Rodolfo Guzman Huerta), Mercedes
Carreño, Antonio de Hud, Susana Robles, Fernando Oses, Ana Martin, Meche Carreno, Andrea
Mexican wrestling hero Santo battles with vampire Baron Brakola and his vampire brides.
SANTO CONTRA EL ESTRANGULADOR (1965/Clasa-Mohme)
Credits: Dir: Rene Cardona.
Cast: Santo, Alberto Vazquez, Maria Duval, Begoña
Palacios, Carlos Lopez Moctezuma.
Wrestling hero, Santo encounters a masked figure terrorising a theatre.
A Mexican wrestling variation of The Phantom of the Opera.
The title translates as Santo Versus the Strangler.
Sequel: Espectro del Estrangulador (1965).
SANTO CONTRA INVASION DE LOS MARCIANOS (1966) 93mins. Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Alfredo B. Crevenna.
Cast: Wolf Rubinskis, Maura Monti, El Nazi, Natanael Leon Frankenstein.
Santo battles some alien invaders and their leader, (Rubinskis).
SANTO CONTRA LA MAGIA NEGRA (1972/Peliculas
Latinoamericana/Flama) 100mins. Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Alfredo B. Crevenna; Sc: Rafael Garcia
Traversi; Ph: Alfredo Uribe; Ed: Reynoldo Portillo; Mus: Gustavo Cesar Carreon.
Cast: Santo, Elsa Cardenas, Sasha Montenegro, Gerty
Jones, Fernando Oses, Guillermo Galvez, Carlos Suarez, Ismael Ramirez.
Santo aids Interpol's investigation into the disappearance of some scientists by holding a
series of wrestling matches in the area where they went missing. A high Priestess sends
her zombie slaves into the ring, but when Santo vanquishes his undead opponents, the High
Priestess is so impressed with his performance that she helps Santo's investigations that
reveal an evil black magic sect are responsible for the abductions. While Santo tries to
overcome the sect's supernatural wrestler who can change into a tiger, the High Priestess
sends the police to their hideout.
The title translates as Santo Versus Black Magic.
SANTO CONTRA LOS CAZADORES DE CABEZAS (1970/Zacarias) Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Rene Cardona.
Cast: Santo (Eric del Castillo or Rodolfo Guzman
Huerta), Nadia Milton, F. Fernandez.
The sinister Dr. Mathus tries to use the blood of the living to reanimate the dead, but
does not bargain on Santo's interference.
Title translates as Santo vs. The Riders of Terror.
SANTO CONTRA LOS MUJERES VAMPIRO (1961/Tele-Ciné-Radio)
Aka: SAMSON VERSUS THE VAMPIRE WOMEN (US); ARGOS ALLA RISCOSSA.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Alfonso Corona Blake; Prod:
Luis Garcia DeLeon; Ph: Manuel Gonzales; Ed: José W. Bustos; Art: Roberto Silva; Mus:
Raul Lavista. From a story by Antonio Orellana, Fernando Osés & Rafael G. Travesi.
Cast: Santo (Rodolfo Guzman Huerta), Lorena
Velázquez, María Duval, Jaimie Fernandez, Ofelia Montesco, Augusto Benedico, Lobo Negro
(Black Shadow), Laura Marquetti, Ray Mendoza, Cavernario Galindo.
Santo, (Huerta), is asked for help by egyptologist Dr. Orloff when his daughter is
threatened by the vampire women. On the girl's shoulder is a special mark that proves that
her ancestor was once rescued by Santo's ancestor. In the wrestling ring Santo faces the
vampire women's champion whose mask Santo rips off to reveal the hideous features
Producer K. Gordon Murray's imported dubbed version with dialogue by Manuel San Fernando
refers to the title hero as Samson.
SANTO EN EL HOTEL DE LA MUERTE (1961/Peliculas/Rodriguez)
Aka: SANTO VERSUS THE ZOMBIES; INVASION OF THE ZOMBIES (US).
Credits: Dir: Benito Alzraki; Prod: Fernando Oses; Sc:
Cast: Santo, Fernando Casanova, Ana Bertha Lepe.
Masked wrestling hero, Santo faces a mad serial killer.
No zombies appear.
The second in a long list of Mexican films featuring the masked wrestler.
SANTO EN EL MUSEO DE CERA (1962/Clasa-Mohme/Azteca)
90mins. BW. Mexico.
Aka: SAMSON IN THE WAX MUSEUM (US); ARGOS CONTRO E 7 MASCHERE DI CERA.
Credits: Dir: Alfonso Corona Blake; Prod: Alberto
López; Sc: Fernando Galiana & Julio Porter; Ph: José Ortiz Ramos.
US. version Prod: K. Gordon Murray.
Cast: Santo, Claudio Brook, Ruben Rojo, Norma Mora,
Roxana Bellini, José Luis Jimenez, Victor Velazquez.
Nazi Dr. Karol kills people and turns them into monsters which he keeps in suspended
animation and disguises as exhibits in a wax museum. Santo evaentually vanquishes the
scientist, a werewolf, the Frankenstein monster and an abominable snowman by throwing them
into a vat of boiling wax.
SANTO EN EL TESORO DE DRACULA (1968/Cinematografica
Calderon) 82mins. Mexico. Aka: VAMPIRO Y EL SEXO; TREASURE OF DRACULA.
Credits: Dir: Renè Cardona; Prod: Guillermo Calderon
Stell; Sc: Alfredo Salazar; Ph: Raúl Martinez Solares; Ed: José Bustos; Art: Salvador
Lozano; Mu: María del Castillo; Mus: Sergio Guerrero.
Cast: Santo (Rodolfo Guzman Huerta), Noelia Noel, Aldo
Monti, Carlos Agosti, Roberto G. Rivera, Alberto Rojas, Gina Moret, Paulette.
To try and recover Dracula's treasure, a scientist named Luisa, (Noel), uses a time
machine to arrive at Dracula's castle, however she is bitten by the vampire count,
(Monti), but Santo, (Huerta), has been watching Luisa's progress through a special
television scanner in his laboratory. The masked wrestling hero travels back in time to
rescue Luisa from the Count and from ignorant villagers who want to drive a stake through
her heart. When Dracula is trapped in a cave, Santo dynamites the area causing Dracula and
his bride to decompose into paper bats.
Comic strip vampires and Mexican wrestling mayhem.
Sequel: Santo en la Vengenza de las Mujeres Vampiro (1969).
SANTO EN LA CASA DE LAS BRUJAS (1964) see Atacan las Brujas
SANTO EN LA VENGANZA DE LAS
MUJERES VAMPIROS (1969/ Cinematografica Flama/ Peliculas) 90mins. Mexico.
Sequel to: Santo en el Tesoro de Dracula.
Aka: LA VENGANZA DE LAS MUJERES VAMPIRO.
Credits: Dir: Frederico Curiel; Prod: José García
Besne; Sc: F. Oses; Ed: María Salazar; Art: Alberto López; Mu: Felisa Ladrón de
Guevara; Mus: Gustavo César Carreón.
Cast: Santo, (Eric del Castillo or Rodolfo Guzman
Huerta), Norma Lazareno, Gina Romand, Aldo Monti, Victor Junco, Patricia Ferrer, Alfonso
Munguia, Frederico Falcón, Yolanda Ponce, Nathaniel Leon, Lucy Liñares, Ivone Clay.
The vampire Countess Myra, (Romand), is revived by the evil Dr. Brancor, (Junco), after he
supplies her with the blood of a dancer and removes the stake from her heart that was
originally put there by Santo. Believing that Santo's ancestor also destroyed her
ancestors, she plans her revenge against the masked wrestling hero. Meanwhile Dr. Brancor
creates Razos, (Leon), a superhuman creature made up of spare body parts gleened from the
Countess' victims. Eventually Santo rescues Commissioner Robles, (Monti), from being sawn
up, vanquishes Razos and burns the vampire's coffin allowing him to stake the Countess
Myra once again.
Sequel: SANTO Y BLUE DEMON CONTRA DRACULA Y EL HOMBRE LOBO (1972)
SANTO VS. BLACK MAGIC (1972) see Santo Contra la Magia Negra
SANTO VERSUS THE ZOMBIES (1960) see Santo en el Hotel de la
SANTO Y BLUE DEMON CONTRO LOS MONSTRUOUS (1969/Cinematografica
Credits: Dir. & Ph: Gilberto Martinez Solares;
Prod: Jesús Sotomayor; Sc: Rafael Garcia Travesi; Mus: Gustavo C. Carrio.
Cast: Santo (Rodolfo Guzman Huerta), Blue Demon
(Alejandro Cruz), Jorge Russek, Yvonne Govea, Manuel Leal, Heidi Blue, Jorge Rado, Carlos
Ancira, David Avizu, Yolanda Ponce, Elsa Maria Tako.
Wrestling heros Santo, (Huerta), and the Blue Demon, (Cruz), have to combat Dr. Bruno
Halder who has been revived by his evil hunchback servant Waldo, when he revives the
Franquesteri monster, (Leal), Dracula, (Avizu), two vampire women, (Ponce & Tako), a
mummy, a werewolf, four zombies and an evil double of Blue Demon that have been sent to
defeat them by the evil Dr. Bruno Halder, (Ancira).
The best of the Santo and Blue Demon series with every concievable Mexican monster making
THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT (1965) see Rekopis Znaleziony W Saragossie
SARDONICUS (1961) see Mr.
SASAYAKU SHIBIJIN (1963/Daiei) 83mins. Japan.
Credits: Dir: Sadao Murayama; Sc: Kazuo Mejiro; Ph:
Cast: Keizo Kawasaki, Masayo Banri, Tatsuo Hanabusa,
Yoko Hizakura, Yuko Hamada, Reiko Hibiki.
A woman seemingly returns from the dead to persecute the doctor who killed her.
SATAN (1970) see Hexen Bis Aufs Blut
THE SATAN BUG
(1965/Mirisch/Kappa) 114mins. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: John Sturges; Sc: James
Clavell & Edward Anhalt; Ph: Robert Surtees; Ed: Ferris Webster; Art: Herman
Blumenthal; Sfx: Paul Pollard; Mus: Jerry Goldsmith. From a novel by Ian Stuart (Alistair
Cast: George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis,
Dana Andrews, Edward Asner, Frank Sutton, John Larkin, Richard Bull, John Anderson, Russ
Bender, Simon Oakland, Hari Rhodes, Harold Gould, Henry Beckman, Harry Lauter.
An insane millionaire, (Basehart), has murdered to obtain a deadly virus that he plans to
use to wipe out the population of Los Angeles. For practise, he experiments on a small
Florida town where a former government agent, (Maharis), is sent to combat the madman.
An engaging science fiction thriller with some good photography and a taut script, but not
enough character developement to carry off the silliness.
SATAN NO TSUME (1959) see Majin
SATANIC (1969) see Satanik
THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA (1973/Hammer) 88mins. UK.
Sequel to DRACULA AD.'72.
Originally titled DRACULA IS DEAD AND WELL AND LIVING IN LONDON.
Aka: COUNT DRACULA AND HIS VAMPIRE BRIDE (US).
Credits: Dir: Alan Gibson; Prod: Roy Skeggs; A.Prod.
& Sc: Don Houghton; Ph: Bryan Probyn; Ed: Christopher Barnes; Art: Lionel Couch; Sfx:
Les Bowie; Mu: George Blackler; Mus: John Cacavas.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Valerie Van Ost,
William Franklyn, Barbara Yo Ling, Freddie Jones, Joanna Lumley, Michael Coles, Patrick
Barr, Richard Vernon, Richard Mathews, Lockwood East, Maurice O'Connell, Peter Adair.
British Security forces recruit Van Helsing, (Cushing), to investigate a scourge of
vampirism that is plaguing London whereupon Van Helsing discovers that a mysterious
property developer is controlling a scientist who has discovered an extremely lethal
virus. Eventually Van Helsing discovers that the property developer is none other than
Count Draula, (Lee), who intends to wipe out the earth's population with the viral strain.
Dracula is eventually destroyed by becoming entangled in a hawthorne bush.
This time round the Count appears in a tedious mystery tale with very little of the old
myth still intact.
Released in America five years later with some cuts.
SATANIK (1969/Copercines/Rodiancines) 80mins. Spain/Italy.
Credits: Dir: Piero Vivarelli; Prod: Romano Mussolini;
Sc: Eduardo M. Brochero; Ph: Silvano Ippoliti; Art: Jaime Perez Cubero & Galicia; Mus:
Cast: Magda Konopka, Julio Pe¤a, Armando Calvo, Luigi
Montini, Umi Raho; Mima Ippoliti, Antonio Pica.
An ugly woman takes a magical potion which makes her beautiful, but the effects are only
temporary and she turns into a monster.
A badly made variation of the "Dr. Jekyll" theme.
THE SATANISTS (1969) see Angeli Bianchi...Angeli Neri
SATAN'S BLOOD FREAKS (1969) see Blood of Frankenstein
SATAN'S SADISTS (1969) 88mins.
Credits: Dir: Al Adamson.
Cast: Russ Tamblyn, Scott Brady, Kent Taylor, Greydon
Clarke, Regina Carrol, Robert Dix, Gary Kent, John Cardos.
An evil motorcycle gang kill people just for fun.
An unoriginal tale that sends most of the cast to be fodder for the bikers.
Adamson is better known for his shoestring budgeted horror films.
SATAN'S SATELLITES (1952) see Zombies
of the Stratosphere
SATAN'S SKIN (1970) see Blood
on Satan's Claw