The Bloody Vampire

The Bloody Vampire (Spanish: El vampiro sangriento) is a 1962 Mexican horror film directed by Miguel Morayta and starring Begoña Palacios, Erna Martha Bauman, and Carlos Agostí.

The Bloody Vampire
Directed byMiguel Morayta
Produced byRafael Pérez Grovas
Screenplay byMiguel Morayta
Story byMiguel Morayta
StarringBegoña Palacios
Erna Martha Bauman
Raúl Farell
Bertha Moss
Carlos Agostí
Pancho Córdova
Antonio Raxel
Enrique Lucero
Lupe Carriles
Music byLuis Hernández Bretón
CinematographyRaúl Martínez Solares
Edited byGloria Schoemann
Release date
  • 6 September 1962 (1962-09-06) (Mexico)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryMexico
LanguageSpanish

It is part of a duology of vampire films directed by Morayta, followed by The Invasion of the Vampires (1963).[1][2][3]

PlotEdit

Count Cagliostro (Antonio Raxel), whose family has tried for generations to rid the world of vampires, instructs his daughter Inés (Begoña Palacios) to confront Count Frankenhausen (Carlos Agostí) and his vampire henchmen.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Gustavo Subero's book, Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Horror Cinema: Embodiments of Evil, highlighted the Frau Hildegarda character as a "character that best embraces monstrosity while breaking away from patriarchal society", saying that "she is depicted in many instances as more monstrous and evil than the vampire she serves", as "she is not only a helping hand for El Conde, [but] she enjoys the freedom to exercise evil without having to justify it as carrying out someone else's orders." The book credited this to her "[disavowing] the two main characteristics of the female gothic: the 'natural' physical beauty of such creatures and being a blameless victim of patriarchal oppresion".[4] The book Hampones, pelados y pecatrices: Sujetos peligrosos de la Ciudad de México (1940–1960) reached a similar conclusion regarding the film's portrayal of the archetype of malas mujeres ("bad women").[3]

Rogelio Agrasánchez's Cine mexicano de horror: carteles del cine fantástico mexicano, dedicated to the film posters of horror and fantasy films, complimented the film poster of this film and its sequel The Invasion of the Vampires, saying that they featured "wonderful designs in great color and workmanship".[5]

Alexis Puig in El gran libro del vampiro gives the film 1 out of 5 estacas ("stakes"), with his review simply saying "Only for lovers of Aztec terror".[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Walker, Martin (2019). El misterio de los vampiros (in Spanish). Ediciones Brontes. p. 216.
  2. ^ Aviña, Rafael (2004). Una mirada insólita: temas y géneros del cine mexicano (in Spanish). Océano. p. 1957. ISBN 9789706519061.
  3. ^ a b Sosenski, Susana; Pulido Llano, Gabriela (2020). Hampones, pelados y pecatrices: Sujetos peligrosos de la Ciudad de México (1940–1960) (in Spanish). Fondo de Cultura Economica. p. 21. ISBN 978-607-16-6751-9.
  4. ^ Subero, Gustavo (2016). Gender and Sexuality in Latin American Horror Cinema: Embodiments of Evil. Springer. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-137-56495-5.
  5. ^ Agrasánchez, Rogelio (1999). Cine mexicano de horror: carteles del cine fantástico mexicano (in Spanish). Agrasánchez Film Archive. pp. x, xix. ISBN 9789685077019.
  6. ^ Puig, Alexis (1997). El gran libro del vampiro (in Spanish). Imaginador. p. 110. ISBN 9789507681820.

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