On 25 March (UK) and 26 March (USA/Canada), Indicator is excited to release their latest excursions into the exciting world of Mexico’s lucha libre cinema, with three classics of the genre from director René Cardona and producer Guillermo Calderón. Available to pre-order at powerhousefilms.co.uk
First up is 1967’s The Panther Woman (Las mujeres panteras). Showcasing a host of Mexico’s top female stars, including Elizabeth Campbell, Ariadne Welter, and Yolanda Montes aka Tongolele, this blend of lucha libre and Gothic horror sees a pair of fearless luchadoras take on a deadly witch cult.
Next comes 1968’s The Bat Woman (La mujer murciélago). In this eye-popping, high-camp blend of lucha libre and superhero action, Italian Mexican sex symbol Maura Monti plays the titular crime fighter, donning her disguise of shiny blue mask, cape, and micro-bikini to foil a mad doctor’s dastardly plan to create an army of amphibious ‘fish-men’.
Finally for March, Mexico’s legendary silver-masked man, El Santo, returns in 1970’s Santo vs. the Riders of Terror (Santo contra los jinetes del terror). This blend of ‘chilli western’ and lucha libre sees El Santo called upon to save a small town which is being terrorised by a gang of bandits. This striking 4K restoration is coupled with Lepers and Sex (Los leprosos y el sexo), the recently rediscovered alternative ‘sexy’ cut of the film.
Newly remastered from the best available film elements, all of these essential releases contain expertly encoded presentations, an expansive selection of newly produced and archival extra features, improved English subtitles, and 80-page books with new essays, historical articles and interviews, and film credits.