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Blood of the Vampires (1966)

Ibulong mo sa hangin (original title)
GP | | Drama, Horror | 27 January 1971 (USA)
Siblings discover that their father has their vampire mother chained up in the cellar. The mother bites her son and soon everyone in the community is either dead or a vampire.

Director:

Gerardo de Leon

Writers:

Ben Feleo (story), Ben Feleo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Amalia Fuentes ... Leonore Escudero
Romeo Vasquez Romeo Vasquez ... Daniel Castillo
Eddie Garcia ... Eduardo Escudero
Johnny Monteiro Johnny Monteiro
Rosario del Pilar Rosario del Pilar
Mary Walter Mary Walter ... Doña Consuelo Escodero de Victoria
Francisco Cruz Francisco Cruz
Paquito Salcedo Paquito Salcedo
Quiel Mendoza Quiel Mendoza
Andres Benitez Andres Benitez
Luz Angeles Luz Angeles
Tessie Hernandez Tessie Hernandez
Linda Rivera Linda Rivera
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Storyline

Siblings discover that their father has their vampire mother chained up in the cellar. The mother bites her son and soon everyone in the community is either dead or a vampire.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the TOMBS of HORROR... draining the blood of the innocent!

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

Members of the Filipino cast portraying servants of the Escudero family wear black face make-up. See more »

Quotes

Leonore Escodero: Daniel, don't! You mustn't stain your hands with the blood of an Escodera. It will accomplish nothing.
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Connections

Featured in Movie Macabre: Curse of the Vampires (1983) See more »

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Fun for fans of Filipino cinema.
15 July 2019 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The patriarch of the Escudero family is in ill health, and has one serious stipulation in his will: burn the family estate to the ground after he's passed away. It turns out that he's been hiding a very big secret from the rest of the family and the community for a long time. This proves to have disastrous consequences for everybody when some of these souls venture into the cellar. Soon, a large percentage of the local populace has been turned into vampires.

Directed by the iconic Filipino exploitation filmmaker Gerardo de Leon, "Curse of the Vampires" is enjoyable provided one doesn't expect too much from it. It has good atmosphere (and lighting; de Leon had obviously studied his Bava). However, it does play like a cross between a soap opera (dialogue and music are melodramatic, the performances cheesy) and a somewhat traditional Gothic horror film. This viewer says "somewhat", since it is a mite bit gorier and sexier than older classics of the genre. The scenario is most amusing the way that things keep going from bad to worse, owing to some stupid character decisions.

The similarly iconic actor of the genre, Eddie Garcia (who only recently passed away), is a hoot as the antagonistic Eduardo. He's such a heel at times that he might as well have been twirling his moustache. Amalia Fuentes has some appeal as the heroine of the piece, Eduardo's sister Leonore. Romeo Vasquez is a hoot as her macho, devoted admirer who wants to have it out with Eduardo since the latter so obviously tries to put a monkey wrench into their happiness. And Mary Walter is memorable as the matriarch of the clan. For whatever reason, the household staff are played by actresses wearing blackface.

Overall, the trashy, sordid plot was pretty entertaining, leading us to a climactic series of confrontations and some unforeseen developments. (Such as Eduardo having a duel with a ghostly version of Daniel.)

Not as much fun as the "Blood Island" series, but enjoyable enough.

Seven out of 10.


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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

Tagalog | Filipino | English

Release Date:

27 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whisper to the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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