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Lucha Libre Mexicana - Luchador Movies

Updated on January 19, 2017

The Masked Luchadores of Luchador Films

The coolness of Lucha Libre or Mexican pro wrestling cannot be underestimated.

Of course we all know about the wrestlers (luchadores) that have competed in Mexican wrestling rings since the early 1900s.

But as opposed to wrestling here in the States, Lucha Libre is a Mexican tradition, far more a part of the culture than the WWE or TNA are here.

For example, the hugely popular film genre in Mexico, Luchador films.

These were what we would consider B-movies here in the US, with low production values and bad story lines.

(You'll see)

But they were popular in Mexico because they starred the heroes of the ring, the Luchadors.
These cheaply made action flicks were their superhero films.
Heck, they even had their own version of the Justice League or Avengers.

Although not every wrestler in Mexico is masked, the masked luchadores seemed to be the ones that drew in the crowds.

Here are some of the most popular wrestling movies, and a little bit about each one.

The Mystery of Huracán Ramírez

Huracan Ramirez
Huracan Ramirez

Huracán Ramírez

Considered the first real luchador film, Huracán Ramírez was a black and white 1952 film starring Eduardo Bonada as Fernando Torres / Huracán Ramírez.

The real life identity of Huracán Ramírez gets a little complicated.

As I mentioned, Eduardo Bonada portrayed the lead character in the film, but luchador Eduardo did all the wrestling and fighting, Daniel Silva did all the acting shots.

After the film was released, Eduardo continued to wrestle in the ring as Huracán Ramírez.

In 1953 he was replaced by 43-year-old wrestler Daniel Garcia Arteaga.

Daniel was not only Huracán in the ring, but he appeared in El Misterio De Huracán Ramírez(1962), El Hijo De Huracán Ramírez (1965), La Venganza De Huracán Ramírez(1967), Huracán Ramírez y La Monjita Negra (1972), De Sangre Chicana (1973) as the Luchador.

Huracán Ramírez

Huracán Ramírez [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America]
Huracán Ramírez [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America]

1952's first "real" luchador film starring Huracán Ramírez

 
Santo
Santo

Santo

The legendary masked Mexican wrestler El Santo appeared in more luchador films than you can shake a stick at.

Starting with 1958's Santo contra el cerebro del mal (Santo Vs. The Evil Brain) the silver clad wrestler appeared in almost sixty wrestling films.

His last one was Santo en la furia de los karatekas (Santo in Fury of the Karate Experts) in 1982.

At the time of that film he was 65 years old.

Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro

Short clip from Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro

Santo Contra la Invasion de los Marcianos

Santo Contra la Invasion de los Marcianos
Santo Contra la Invasion de los Marcianos

Classic Santo film in Spanish with subtitles and DVD bonuses.

Starring Santo, Wolf Ruvinskis, El Nazi, Beny Galán and Ham Lee

 
Blue Demon
Blue Demon

Blue Demon

Of course since Santo had movies Blue Demon had to have films as well.

Blue Demon made his film debut in the 1964 film titled (appropriately enough) Blue Demon (El Demonio Azul).

He went on to appear in twenty seven films, the last one being Misterio en las Bermudas (Mystery In Bermuda) with fellow luchadores Santo and Mil Máscaras.

One of the coolest things about Blue's films is that in some of them, he was the the leader of a group of masked superheroes known as Los Campeones Justicieros (The Champions of Justice).

Think the Justice League, but with luchadors.

Los campeones justicieros

Here's a clip from 1970s Los campeones justicieros with Blue, Mil Mascaras, Blue Demon, El Medico Asesino and Tinieblas.

Oh yeah, and some evil midgets.

Mil Mascaras
Mil Mascaras

Mil Mascaras

One of the members of The Champions of Justice, Mil Mascaras was created for film, but his career carried over in to actual wrestling and made him a legend.

Yeah Mick Foley, Chris Jericho and "Superstar" Billy Graham have all gone on record saying that Mil had a huge ego and was very hard to work with, but hey, that has never changed the opinion of his adoring fans.

Mil appeared in over twenty films, starting with Mil Mascaras (1966) and going all the way up to Mil Mascaras: Aztec Revenge which should be released in 2011.

Mil Mascaras (1966)

Here's a clip from the very first Mil Mascaras film.

El Tinieblas - Lucha Libre
El Tinieblas - Lucha Libre

Tinieblas

Although he never had his very own film, Mexican wrestler Tinieblas ("Darkness") did appear in several films.

As a matter of fact, he was in ten luchador films from 1970 to 1982.

The first was Las Momias de Guanajuato (1970) and the last was Santo's La Furia de los karatecas (1982) that I mentioned earlier.

Tinieblas was also a member of Los Campeones Justicieros (The Champions of Justice).

More Luchador Films

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Huracan Ramirez (1953)Blue Demon y Zovek en La invasión de los muertos (The Invasion of the Dead 1973)Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (2007)Las momias de San Ãngel (1975)Santo contra las mujeres vampiro (Santo vs. The Vampire Women, 1962)Santo contra el cerebro del mal (Santo Vs. The Evil Brain, 1958)Santo contra los zombies (Santo vs. The Zombies, 1961)Santo en el museo de cera (Santo In The Wax Museum, 1963)Santo contra la magia negra (Santo vs. Black Magic, 1972)Santo en la venganza de las mujeres vampiro (Santo in the Revenge of the Vampire Women, 1970)Santo vs. las Mujeres VampiroSanto y Blue Demon vs Drácula y el Hombre Lobo (1973)Los campeones justicieros
Huracan Ramirez (1953)
Huracan Ramirez (1953)
Blue Demon y Zovek en La invasión de los muertos (The Invasion of the Dead 1973)
Blue Demon y Zovek en La invasión de los muertos (The Invasion of the Dead 1973)
Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (2007)
Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (2007)
Las momias de San Ãngel (1975)
Las momias de San Ãngel (1975)
Santo contra las mujeres vampiro (Santo vs. The Vampire Women, 1962)
Santo contra las mujeres vampiro (Santo vs. The Vampire Women, 1962)
Santo contra el cerebro del mal (Santo Vs. The Evil Brain, 1958)
Santo contra el cerebro del mal (Santo Vs. The Evil Brain, 1958)
Santo contra los zombies (Santo vs. The Zombies, 1961)
Santo contra los zombies (Santo vs. The Zombies, 1961)
Santo en el museo de cera (Santo In The Wax Museum, 1963)
Santo en el museo de cera (Santo In The Wax Museum, 1963)
Santo contra la magia negra (Santo vs. Black Magic, 1972)
Santo contra la magia negra (Santo vs. Black Magic, 1972)
Santo en la venganza de las mujeres vampiro (Santo in the Revenge of the Vampire Women, 1970)
Santo en la venganza de las mujeres vampiro (Santo in the Revenge of the Vampire Women, 1970)
Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro
Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro
Santo y Blue Demon vs Drácula y el Hombre Lobo (1973)
Santo y Blue Demon vs Drácula y el Hombre Lobo (1973)
Los campeones justicieros
Los campeones justicieros

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    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

    • Phillyfreeze profile image

      Ronald Tucker 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I like the historical composition of this lens...now I know where to begin my search! Thanks for the information and videos.

      In 1952 I was just a toddler...they then have Pull-Ups back in the day! :)