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El vampiro (1957)

A pretty young Mexican girl returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt, who has just died. Soon she begins to hear disturbing stories about the town being ... See full summary »

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Fernando Méndez

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Ramón Obón (story), Ramón Obón (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Abel Salazar ... Dr. Enrique
Ariadne Welter Ariadne Welter ... Marta Gonzalez (as Ariadna Welter)
Carmen Montejo ... Eloisa
José Luis Jiménez José Luis Jiménez ... Emilio
Mercedes Soler Mercedes Soler ... Maria - servant
Alicia Montoya ... María Teresa
José Chávez José Chávez ... Anselmo
Julio Daneri Julio Daneri ... Duval's servant
Amado Zumaya Amado Zumaya ... Duval's servant
Germán Robles ... Count Karol de Lavud / Duval
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Storyline

A pretty young Mexican girl returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt, who has just died. Soon she begins to hear disturbing stories about the town being infested by vampires, and she eventually begins to suspect that her remaining aunt and the mysterious next=door neighbor may be involved. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vampire See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinematográfica ABSA See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Germán Robles. See more »

Quotes

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.
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Excellent B&W Mexican vampire movie. Probably the first...
31 July 2006 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

...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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