(339) PANTHER WOMEN (1967) Elizabeth Campbell 'Las Luchadoras'
original Mexican/Spanish title LAS MUJERES PANTERAS [The Panther
starring: Elizabeth Campbell · Ariadne Welter · Yolanda
Montes (as Tongolele) · Eric Castillo · Manuel Valdes
is unleashed in the city, culminating with the murder of Professor Rafael
Petra. The Wrestling Women [Golden Rubi (Elizabeth Campbell) and Loretta
Venus (Ariandna Welter)] investigate the death of their friend. They are
joined by macho police captain Arturo Diaz, his assistant Leocadio and
a mysterious masked superhero/crime-fighter named El Ángel. The
villain (or more correct, the villainess) is evil witch Satanasa
who worships dark powers with her cult in a secluded cave. She hopes to
resurrect a zombie that will eliminate the bloodline of her sworn enemy,
members of the Pietra family. One of her followers is Tongo, a nightclub
performer, who transforms into a diabolical were-panther to kill a security
guard and eat a little girl's pet bird. Eventually, Las Luchadoras
organize a wrestling match between themselves and the Panther Women, but
the opponents turn into monsters mid-match, capture the aforementioned
little girl and take her to Satanasa's lair.
This film - virtually
unavailable in the United States - is the sequel to WRESTLING
WOMEN VS THE AZTEC MUMMY, made by the same team of director Cordona
and writer Alfredo Salazar. They often worked together, having previously
delivered such legendary Mexican fare as BAT
WOMAN and Santo's VAMPIRE
AND THE SEX. Filmmaker Rene Cardona was the godfather of Mexican
exploitation, probably best known for HORRIPILANTE
(Night of the Bloody Ape) but making 145 films between 1925-82. He
is the father of director Rene Cardona Jr and the grandfather of Al Castor
(Rene Cardona III). Mr Cardona died from cancer in April 1988 at age 82.
Sidenote: The masked
wrestler El Ángel, was not a professional Luchador. He was actually
stunt/actor Ángel Di Stefani who played the Aztec Mummy in WRESTLING
WOMEN VS THE AZTEC MUMMY.
Mexican/Spanish film, with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; fullscreen,
uncut (87 min.),
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected Mexican theatrical trailers.
Suggested for Mature Audiences