Who knew that there was so much dim lighting and fog in Mexico? El Vampiro [The Vampire] is a gem of a movie. I saw it last night at our local cinema that shows a free vintage horror film every Thursday evening! El Vampiro was an inspired pick. While the story is pretty much standard vampire stuff, the overall look of the film and the quality of the acting set it apart from many films in this sub-genre. Director Fernando Mendez and cinematographer Rosalio Solano know how to do a lot with a limited budget. Each scene is composed with great care and is very moody and atmospheric. While the theme song gets a bit repetitious to the point of being annoying, it definitely adds to the over feel of the film.
The acting in El Vampiro is excellent. [I saw it in Spanish with English subtitles. The only way to view it as far as I'm concerned.] German Robles makes a wonderful vampire and has a commanding presence on screen. I understand he's quite short of stature but this is not noticeable on screen. His female vamp counterpart, played by Alicia Montoya, is absolutely radiant. She looks amazing on screen and has a mesmerizing presence that cannot be denied. The rest of the cast is excellent as well.
El Vampiro is really worth tracking down. [You can rent it on Netflix.] It's in the same league as the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula that was filmed on the same sets as the Lugosi version. Were all vampire films this good we would be fortunate. It was a delight from start to finish.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.