Federico Curiel

Active - 1955 - 1979  |   Born - Feb 19, 1916   |   Died - Jun 17, 1985   |   Genres - Horror, Action, Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy

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Mexican director Federico Curiel is best-known for dozens of 1960s films casting the country's most popular masked wrestlers as superheroes in horror and science fiction situations. Wolf Ruvinskis (Neutron) and Rodolfo Guzman Huerta (Santo) figure prominently in many of his films, the former also starring in three features for Curiel between 1959 and 1960, repackaged from Mexican serials. Curiel also dabbled in other areas, directing a popular series of serials featuring matinee idol German Robles as the vampire Nostradamus, which were also edited into four features starting with 1959's La Maldicion de Nostradamus. Aside from his fantasy and wrestling work, Curiel was unable to find much success with either his melodramatic Westerns or his action films before his death in 1985.

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