The Vampire (1957)
aka El vampiro
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: Mexico | Director: Fernando Méndez
Language: Spanish or English (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English & Spanish (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 83mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 694×540 – 23.976fps – 1.27gb
Audio 3: Commentary with Robert Cotter, Author of
the Mexican Masked Wrestler & Monster Filmography
Described as “Dracula on a hacienda,” El Vampiro chronicles the journey of young Marta (Ariadna Welter) who learns that her family is under the demonic control of Count Luvad (Germán Robles). As he feeds on the blood of the locals and aims to raise his brother from the dead, Marta and the mysterious Dr. Enrique (Abel Salazar) threaten the Count. The wrath of El Vampiro then reigns down upon them, and an all-time horror classic plays out with unforgettable eeriness and excitement.
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.