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Raúl Zenteno (story)
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Release Date:
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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Entertaining follow up to El Vampiro... See more (10 total) »


  (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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining follow up to El Vampiro..., 16 January 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I'm guessing that Fernando Méndez's "El Vampiro" was at least a fairly big success in its native Mexico as the director wasted no time in regrouping the main players from the cast of the aforementioned film and cobbling together this cheap sequel. Not as much care and attention has gone into this one; the film lacks the excellent atmospheric night-time shots of the original and the plot is not as well defined, but in spite of these things; The Vampire's Coffin is certainly an enjoyable romp that fans of the original should at least appreciate. The film starts off rather well with a sequence that sees a bunch of grave robbers accidentally resurrect the evil Count Karol de Lavud (an influence on Dracula 2000?) by removing the stake from his heart. The Count soon decides to turn his liberators into zombies, and proceeds to resume his mission from the first film. Naturally, it all falls down to the heroic Dr. Enrique Saldívar (Abel Salazar, returning to his role from the first film) to rescue the girl, kill the count and save the day.

This film reminded me of the Universal classics much more than the original did. As mentioned, the Gothic atmosphere does not make a comeback in this film and it's been replaced by a dose of misplaced and largely unfunny humour, which is unfortunate. The outdoor shots are really missed too; I guess it must have been cheaper to film indoors and the sets don't leave much to admire. All the main cast members from the original return and fit into their roles well. The standout is obviously Germán Robles who plays the count. My main problem with him in the first film is that he never really posed a threat; and he doesn't manage it here either, although it's not so much of a problem as the film appears to want to be taken with a pinch of salt. Abel Salazar stars opposite in the 'hero' role. He doesn't really fit the model of the hero, but he has good charisma and is at least entertaining. The plot doesn't go anywhere and doesn't really provide us with any surprises by the time the film ends. However, The Vampire's Coffin is a decent follow up in spite of its flaws and I'd recommend anyone who tracks down the original sees it; they might as well anyway since it's packed in the set with El Vampiro...

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