The Vampire is credited as the horror film that started the entire cycle of Mexican horror films of the 50's, 60's and 70's.
German Robles is perfect in the role of Count Lavud, the Vampire. The story is basic and simple. A beautiful young woman, played by Ariadna Welter comes to her home town after the death of her Aunt. At the deserted train station she meets Dr. Enrique (Abel Salazer).
The two travel to her home and find many mysterious goings on. It turns out that Lavud wants her to sell her newly acquired land to him.
It is soon apparent that Lavud wants Welter's character of Marta for his own and Dr. Enrique, as it turns out fights for her life.
This is a fun film and Casa Negra gave us a beautiful print. We have the option of the English dubbed version or the subtitled version, and again, the print is fantastic. If you can find this little gem, it is well worth your time to do so.
The Vampire's Coffin from 1958 picks up where the first film left off. Dr. Enrique has helped Marta overcome the trauma of her episode with Count Lavud. One of Enrique's colleagues steals the body of Lavud and a thief takes the wooden stake out of the body and before you know it the Count is stalking a hospital and again looking to claim Marta for his own.
Both of these films are perfect Halloween viewing as they are classics of the genre and moody as hell. Highly Recommended!!