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1958 (USA) See more »
From the depths of Evil comes a diabolical killer of beautiful women!
Graverobbers stumble upon the tomb of a vampire, who turns them into zombies to do his bidding, which is to stalk and capture beautiful women. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Abel Salazar ... Dr. Enrique Saldívar
Ariadna Welter ... Marta González
Germán Robles ... Count Karol de Lavud
Yerye Beirute ... Barraza (as Yeire Beirute)
Alicia Montoya ... María Teresa
Guillermo Orea ... Doctor Mendoza
Carlos Ancira ... Gerente museo
Antonio Raxel ... Director hospital
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lulu Azcarraga ... Víctima de vampiro (uncredited)
Irma Castillón ... Niña en hospital (uncredited)
Jorge Chesterking ... Turista museo (uncredited)
Jesús Gómez ... Policía (uncredited)
José Muñoz ... Comandante policía (uncredited)

Carlos Robles Gil ... Turista museo (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Méndez 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ramón Obón  adaptation
Alfredo Salazar  uncredited
Raúl Zenteno  story

Produced by
Abel Salazar .... producer
Original Music by
Gustavo César Carrión  (as Gustavo C. Carrion)
Cinematography by
Víctor Herrera 
Film Editing by
Alfredo Rosas Priego 
Production Design by
Gunther Gerszo 
Makeup Department
Ana Guerrero .... makeup artist
Juana Lepe .... hair stylist
Production Management
Manuel Alcayde .... production chief
Fernando Méndez Jr. .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jaime Contreras .... assistant director (as Jaime L. Contreras)
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound supervisor
Javier Mateos .... dialogue recordist
Special Effects by
Juan Muñoz Ravelo .... special effects
Music Department
Galdino R. Samperio .... music recordist (as Galdino Samperio 'Crucy')

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80 min
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Did You Know?

There is a smiling skull-and-crossbones insignia on the posters and lobby cards, with the words "Recommended by Young America Horror Club". There was no such organization; it was an invention of producer K. Gordon Murray to boost ticket sales.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the beginning of the movie, Barrazza removes the supposedly stone tomb cover. But it is obviously made of something much lighter, judging by the way it shakes.See more »
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At times, quite good, but at most others, truly awful., 26 May 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Vampire's Coffin" ("El Ataúd del Vampiro") is a bad horror film. However, it is not quite bad enough or silly enough for me to recommend it to bad movie buffs--though at times, it sure comes close!

When the film began, I actually thought if might be a good film. It was very atmospheric and there was nothing to complain least for a while. The Mexican horror filmmakers got the look right as grave robbers stole the coffin of Count Karol de Lavud (Germán Robles). It seems that an exceptionally stupid doctor wants the body to study HOW vampires are ageless. Perhaps, he thinks, he can learn the secret and use it on others. Not at all surprisingly, some butt-head ends up pulling the stake from the vampire's chest--and soon Count Lavud is alive and the butt-head is now the Count's slave. And, again not surprisingly, the Count goes on a killing spree until he is eventually destroyed (huzzah!).

So why was this all so bad? Well, the most obvious problem is the worst use of strings I have ever seen in a vampire movie. Had the silly bat on a string been used sparingly, it might not have been that bad--but the stupid bat kept showing up and much of the end (inexplicably) has the hero battling the Count in bat form. Each and every time, the many strings holding the fake bat are VERY obvious. The same is true in a scene where you see a spear being tossed--you can see it suspended from strings! Now if I could easily see all this on a 42" TV, imagine seeing it on a big screen back in the 1950s!! And, speaking of spears, don't you think that if one of your big weaknesses as a vampire is a stake that you'd make sure your hideout does NOT have spears lying about as well as a cabinet full of spikes?! It's a lot like Superman keeping some Kryptonite in his fridge!! Apart from some dumb scenes, there also are some dull ones (such as some horribly choreographed and completely unnecessary dance numbers) and after the first 10 minutes I cannot recall anything good about the film!

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