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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Vampire’s Coffin, El ataúd del Vampiro (1958)

Ah, another dose of Mexican horror!  The Vampire’s Coffin is the sequel to the wonderful El Vampire (1957).  Thankfully German Robles is back as the vampire and does a great job with the role for a second time.  Alicia Montoya is also back which is a good thing as well.

I watched the restored version of this film that can be rented from Netflix.  The print is gorgeous and the viewer is able to watch the film in Spanish, Spanish with English subtitles and English dubbed.  I made the mistake of beginning the film with the English dub version.  I quickly changed it to English subtitles and the experience of watching the film improved dramatically.  Trust me, the dub is terrible.

Director Fernando Mendez is also back but this time with a different cinematographer, Victor Herrera.  It shows.  This film takes place mostly indoors in simple, modern buildings.  It’s missing the beautiful atmosphere I loved about the first film.  This is not to say it’s poorly made.  The original is simply more moody and atmospheric.  The overall look of the original is superior to the sequel.

Overall, The Vampire’s Coffin is a delightful old vampire flick.  If you enjoyed the original, this one is most definitely worth your time as well.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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