The Mexican icon was born on Sept. 23rd, 1917 and passed away on Feb. 5th, 1984 at the age of 66.
My first introduction to Santo was on late night television on WTCG in Atlanta when they ran a film called "Invasion of the Zombies" and for the first time I was a masked wrestler fighting an army of walking dead men controlled by a mad scientist. I was hooked from that point on.
There is not one Santo film that has ever let me down. He made some of the wildest, yet most unforgettable films I have ever seen. I guess I like the movies a lot because they combine my two loves of life, pro wrestling and horror films.
Santo never took off his mask even when not on the screen as to keep the legend alive and very real to his fans. He did take it off on a Mexican talk show on TV in 1984 and then passed away 10 days later from a heart attack.
I have a lot of his wonderful films on DVD and I treasure them. There is simply NOTHING like these films and that is what sets them apart. Once you have seen one of these you have to see more. In my opinion, "Santo and The Blue Demon Vs. the Monsters" is simply the greatest Mexican film ever made, and it shows Santo at his best.
Santo will always live in my memory and his legacy is still alive and strong thanks to his movies. If you haven't seen a Santo film lately, or ever, check them out and see what true entertainment is. 31 years after his death, he is still beloved by many, many people. VIVA SANTO!!!