Santo vs. the Riders of Terror

(Santo contra los Jinetes del Terror)
René Cardona | Fiction, Thriller, Adventure, Classic

1970 | 78 minutes | Mexico

A new restoration of the cult classic film featuring El Santo. A group of violent lepers escape from a sanatorium unleashing the terror on the inhabitants who have no choice but to turn to El Santo to save them.



Six lepers have escaped from a nearby colony where they've been ostracized because of their affliction. These fugitive lepers immediately head toward the nearby town and break into a house where they ravage the food supply of an elderly couple. The next morning, a posse forms with the goal of capturing and executing the escapees. Even worse, an enterprising group of outlaws realize they can form an uneasy alliance with the lepers for their own profit and use the debilitated men as scapegoats for their own crimes. Santo appears to sort things out and provide justice where it is needed most.

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.

Main credits

Calderón Stell, Guillermo (film producer)
Cardona, René (screenwriter)
Cardona, René (film director)
Velázquez, Jesus (screenwriter)
Guzmán Huerta, Rodolfo (actor)
Silvestre Carrasco, Armando (actor)
Aldama, Julio (actor)
Montiel, Mary (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Raúl Martínez Solares; editing, Jesús Echeverria; music, Gustavo C. Carrión.

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Rotterdam Film Festival; Sitges Film Festival

DIRECTOR: René Cardona


YEAR: 1970

GENRE: Fiction, Thriller, Adventure, Classic


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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