Santo vs. the Evil Brain

(Santo contra Cerebro del Mal)
Joselito Rodríguez | Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure, Classic

1961 | 73 minutes | Mexico, Cuba

In this cult classic from El Santo's saga, an undercover police officer is kidnapped by Dr. Campos who brainwashes him into becoming a member of his gang.



This Cuban-Mexican horror-action cult classic opens with three gangsters cornering El Santo in a deserted alley and knock him out. He is taken to the laboratory of a crazed Doctor Campos and turned into a docile servant through a series of injections and electric shocks. Santo vs. the Evil Brain is the first Santo film chronologically. Filming was done in Cuba, and ended just the day before Fidel Castro entered Havana and declared the victory of the revolution.

In his forty-year career between 1958 and 1982, as a wrestling superstar, actor, and folk icon, Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta (working under the alias El Santo), starred or co-starred in 52 movies and films. He is considered to be one of Mexico's most legendary sporting figures and is said to have popularized professional wrestling in Mexico just as Rikidōzan did in Japan. He was buried wearing his silver mask, in one of the biggest funerals in Mexico. On 23 September 2016, to honor the 99th birthday of El Santo, Google ran a special El Santo Google daily doodle. A skeletal version of El Santo, complete with silver mask and cape, appears briefly in the Pixar film Coco as a guest at a party in the Land of the Dead, with actress María Félix as his date.

This film is part of The Permanencia Voluntaria Archives, whose main objective is to rescue, preserve, and restore the popular cinema of Mexico's cinematographic history.


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DIRECTOR: Joselito Rodríguez


YEAR: 1961

GENRE: Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure, Classic


COLOR / B&W: Black and white

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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