Santo el Enmascarado de Plata
Inspector Villegas – Carlos López Moctezuma
El gran Goudini / el estrangulador [the strangler] – Roberto Cañedo
Milton – Milton Ray
Tor – Gerardo Zapeda
Director – René Cardona
Composer – Enrico Cabiati
Although the strangler is shot dead at the end (and falls off a tower) of Santo vs. el estrangulador, he is brought back to life in the sequel, El espectro del estrangulador. The strangler’s assistant, a well-toned and beefy man named Tor, who professes love and devotion to the strangler, steals his love’s lifeless body and resurrects him in his laboratory in order to continue the murderous mayhem. However, adding more complexity to the situation, Tor has taken to digging up corpses and uses their bodies and skin to complete wax figures of the victims, synthesizing pars of Leroux’s narrative with the 1953 horror film House of Wax directed by Andre De Toth and starring Vincent Price. Based on the novel The Wax Works by Charles S. Belden, a deformed and embittered sculptor and his assistant set in wax corpses of their victims (typically the people who wronged him) and exhibit these bodies in historical tableaus. In el espectro del estrangulador, Tor uses the faces of the victims to be modified into masks of wax for the strangler to mold onto his own face to change identities. Santo repeatedly attempts to take over the strangler, who attacks in and around the Teatro de Variedades and during musical numbers. Santo, however, is thwarted at every turn, which eventually hinders his wrestling abilities. The strangler eventually kidnaps Milton and Santo pursues him. In the end, Santo successfully kills the strangler by setting his lair on fire with the strangler inside and rides away with Milton.