Whip-Wielding Super Hero Challenges Satan!
Mexican Spanish Title: EL LATIGO CONTRA SATANAS [The Whip vs.
[The Whip Against Satan]
starring: Juan Miranda · Noe Muratama · Ruben Rojo · Yolanda Ochoa ·
masked hero wanders into a Western town on the brink of destruction.
He is a 'man with no name' (bearing a striking resemblance to Zorro,
but called Latigo [e.g., Whip]) who has come to this town in
search for a missing friend. But, instead, he has found mass hysteria
caused by witch's curse, complicated by a gang of righteous vigilantes
obsessed with putting her to death. There's also a cult of Satanists,
holding dark ceremonies inside the cavern of a belching volcano. They
are determined to pave the way for the Devil's arrival by sacrificing
the same witch in a blood ritual. Latigo attempts to rescued the captured
sorceress, thwart Satan's advance, calm the vigilantes and bring the
town back to order.
Alfredo B. Crevenna (a genre veteran who also made Fabian's DYNASTY
OF DRACULA the following year plus another 150 films including
VS BLACK MAGIC and BEAST
OF TERROR) excises some unusual techniques in this movie. Besides
the quirky Whip hero in the center of the story, the narrative shifts
abruptly from the horror to the Western genre, emphasized by wildly
disorientating camera angles and striking locations. This is especially
true of the film's opening sequence where real Aztec temples and a brewing
thunderstorm serve as an effective backdrop to Latigo's whip-cracking.
German-born Alfredo B. Crevenna became a director who enjoyed a prolific
50 year career in Mexico. He died in August 1996 from cancer, at age