Do you remember Samson vs the Vampire Women? Season 6, episode 24. Mexican wrestler/superhero saves a woman from vampires who want to make her their queen. He wears a shiny silver mask at all times, and his only superhero ability is that he can use wrestling moves.
Well, Santo in Dracula’s Treasure is sort of a sequel to that. This time, instead of being dubbed into English as “Samson,” famed and beloved luchador El Santo is allowed to be called Santo.
This time, besides being a wrestler and a superhero, he’s apparently also a highly qualified research scientist who has invented a time machine for no particular reason. But he can’t get the project funded because the people he invited to finance further development of the project don’t believe that a masked wrestler invented a time machine just because he showed them a big comfy red chair sitting in front of a console. He needs a demonstration. Preferably a young and healthy volunteer, and for some reason a woman is four times as likely as a man to survive the trip. His girlfriend volunteers for the job, and he reluctantly agrees.
The time machine is actually more of a Quantum Leap accelerator, in that you step into the machine and it sends you back into a past life. Santo watches as his girlfriend’s past self meets Mr. Alucard, and you’ll never guess his true identity even though it’s in the title of the movie.
Santo pulls her back into the present just before she’s killed, and then there’s wrestling, and a treasure hunt, and Santo has to fight bad guys, and everyone forgets about the treasure.
There were two versions of the movie made. One was for the European market and included several shots of topless women. According to Wiki, Santo was not particularly happy about this. But further research turned up the version that was shown in North America (with the same English dubbing for the US as the European version), which does not have nudity but does feature several scenes in which the lead actress is in unnecessarily and improbably transparent clothing. (Why is she wearing a sheer nightie over a bustier in order to sleep in a double room with her adopted orphan daughter? Why, when told to get dressed and come outside, does she merely add another layer so sheer it’s still pretty much transparent? Why does the time machine sequence cut directly from her present self in a full leather catsuit to her past self falling slow-motion into bed in her underwear? The world may never know.)
Much fun was had riffing all this, and I hope you’ll be able to see it someday.