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Director:
Writers:
Ramón Obón (story)
Ramón Obón (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
1958 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A pretty young Mexican girl returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Excellent B&W Mexican vampire movie. Probably the first... See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Abel Salazar ... Dr. Enrique
Ariadna Welter ... Marta Gonzalez
Carmen Montejo ... Eloisa
José Luis Jiménez ... Emilio
Mercedes Soler ... Maria - servant
Alicia Montoya ... María Teresa
José Chávez ... Anselmo
Julio Daneri ... Duval's servant
Amado Zumaya ... Duval's servant
Germán Robles ... Count Karol de Lavud / Duval
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Barker ... Man (uncredited)
Margarito Luna ... (uncredited)
Guillermo Álvarez Bianchi ... Train administrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Méndez 
 
Writing credits
Ramón Obón (story)

Ramón Obón (adaptation)

Ramon Rodriguez  screenplay

Produced by
Abel Salazar .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gustavo César Carrión  (as Gustavo C. Carrion)
 
Cinematography by
Rosalío Solano 
 
Film Editing by
José W. Bustos 
 
Art Direction by
Gunther Gerszo 
 
Makeup Department
Elda Loza .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Antonio Guerrero Tello .... production leader
Fernando Méndez Jr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Américo Fernández .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Enrique Rodríguez .... sound re-recording mixer
Rafael Ruiz Esparza .... dialogue editor (as Rafael R. Esparza)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Solano .... lighting technician
Hugo Velasco .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Gustavo César Carrión .... musical director (as Gustavo C. Carrion)
Enrique Rodríguez .... music editor
 
Other crew
Nicolás Rueda hijo .... titles (as Nicolás Rueda Jr.)
 

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95 min | UK:84 min (DVD)
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Film debut of Germán Robles.See more »
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Count Karol de Lavud:We've been brought to a halt in the middle of this strange bridge that extends between the end of life and the beginning of death.See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Excellent B&W Mexican vampire movie. Probably the first..., 31 July 2006
Author: insomniac_rod from Noctropolis

...and probably the best one to date.

Surprisingly creepy and atmospheric black and white Vampire movie. This looked like the Coffin Joe series at times because it has excellent settings, music, and cinematography. On the other hand, the movie has some parts that were meant to be funny but that's just Mexican typical humor that maybe some others won't understand. The direction is truly memorable, it deserves a special mention because it is very stylish and atmospheric. For example, whenever the vampire is about to attack, you can clearly see advanced camera and lightning techniques (for it's time). The way the lightning focuses on Robles' face is creepy. The events are fast paced but in a suspenseful manner.

The vampire characterization is pretty good as our main hero (or villain?) is a sui generis Mexican vampire. Germàn Robles delivers a fantastic performance based on erotism, and creepiness. Believe me, he is a unique vampire, like none other you haven't seen. Once he said that he liked how this vampire is an erotic, dark character because he appears at night, 99.9% of his victims are women that use sexy lingerie, and he likes to possess souls through their blood. His presence is creepy enough.

As one of the reviewers said, this movie obviously inspired the Hammer vampire flicks. That makes me proud as I'm Mexican and I'm a big fan of Hammer.

This movie is heavily underrated to the point that only avid Horror fans from around the world know about it; not even Mexicans seem to recall this cult Horror movie.

Please, watch this movie and you will be pleased. Recommended for Vampire Horror fans, and Horror fans of Black and White movies.

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