He's not as well known in the U.S. as other heroes like Superman and Spidey, but El Santo is the go-to guy in Mexico when evil is encroaching on all that is good and right in the world. Has been, in fact, since the '40s, when the mysterious, muscle-bound, masked man took to the wrestling ring where he first made his name. Subsequently, he found himself in the movies, the scourge of aliens, vampires, wolf men and all other manner of nasty creature. Comic books, magazines and toys inevitably followed for Mexico's greatest superhero.
Now a variety of El Santo films, the most popular of the "lucha libre" genre, are coming to DVD in the U.S., courtesy of Rise Above Entertainment. As Rise Above President Eric Boyd explains, the Man in the Silver Mask was just waiting to be rediscovered.
"Out of the seeking of forgotten classics came these staples of the Mexican golden era of cinema," he says. "Traditional Hollywood or the typical cutthroat video distributor was focusing on nuns with machine guns or Jennifer Lopez paparazzi when El Santo was waiting to be resurrected from musty warehouses throughout Mexico City."