Vengeance of the Crying Woman – Mexico, 1974

Vengeance of the Crying Woman – original title: La venganza de la llorona – is a 1974 Mexican action horror feature film directed by Miguel M. Delgado (Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dracula and the Wolfman; Santo vs. Frankestein’s Daughter; Mysteries of Black Magic) from a screenplay by Francisco Cavazos (Santo and Blue Demon vs. Doctor Frankenstein). The movie stars Santo, José Mantequilla Nápoles and Kikis Herrera Calles.

Santo, a masked wrestler, helps a professor and his beautiful niece find a clue to a treasure that will be used to help local children. The clue is a medallion worn by a mummy in a cave, known as “The Crying Woman”. The mummy soon comes to life and terrorises the locals to get her medallion back. Meanwhile, Santo has to contend with a gangster and his henchmen…

Reviews:

“The make-up is pretty good (for a Santo film), and Santo has a sidekick in the form of a real-life Cuban boxer José “Mantequilla” Nápoles (his name is actually in the original title), who looks silly without trying to be […] Both Santo and Nápoles model some very loud 70s threads.” George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In

“This is one of the mid-range (in terms of entertainment value, not necessarily production values or coherence) Santo vehicles, not in the top rank but better than some of the worst. The odd thing about this picture is that Santo (and his sidekick, boxer Mantequilla Nápoles) never interact directly with the film’s “monster,” La Llorona.” The Films of El Santo

Cast and characters:

  • Santo … Santo
  • José Mantequilla Nápoles … Himself
  • Kikis Herrera Calles … Doña Eugenia Esparza, La Llorona
  • Alfonso Castaño … Profesor Esteban Lira
  • Ana Lilia Tovar … Lilia
  • Sonia Cavazos … Sonia
  • Carlos Suárez … El tuerto
  • Marcia Montes … Eviada de Lucifer
  • René Cardona … Severo Segovia
  • Alejandra Murga … Martita
  • Jorgito Rodríguez … Carlitos
  • Octavio Menduet … Descendent of Gonzaga
  • Alejandra Meyer Alejandra Meyer … Descendent of Gonzaga
  • The Son of Santo [as Jorge Guzmán] … Himself

Filming locations:

Guanajuato and Mexico City, Mexico

Technical credits:

87 minutes | 1.37: 1 | Eastmancolor

Image credits: Wrong Side of the Art!

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