El Tesoro de Moctezuma (Montezuma’s Treasure) (1968)
El Tesoro de Moctezuma is the second half of the swinging Santo spy saga that started with Operacion 67. Since it was filmed back to back with Operacion, it boasts the same relatively swank production values and sleek cosmopolitan look. Santo’s pretty boy co-star Jorge Rivero returns here, as does Noe Murayama – who, judging from this and Blue Demon contra Cerebros Infernales, was Mexican cinema’s go-to guy of 1966 for maniacal. The criminal gang from the first film are also back this time around and, in combating them, the secret agent team of Santo and Rivero are commendably more proactive, not just taking the “let’s hunker down and wait for them to start trying to kill us” tack that they did in the first film. Like Blue Demon’s adventures from the same period (and seemingly every action/adventure movie made in any country in 1966), Moctezuma is as much influenced by the cartoonish campiness of the Batman TV series as it is by the Bond films.
Show is free, but there’s an entirely optional suggested donation of $5. 21 and over only, there’s a bar!