Thursday, October 14, 2010

El ataúd del vampiro

The Vampire's Coffin. MX 1958. D: Fernando Méndez. With Abel Salazar (Dr. Enrique Saldivar), Germán Robles (Count Karold de Lavud, the vampire), Ariadna Welter (Marta González), Carmen Montejo (Eloisa). 85 min. From Cineteca Nacional (México) with e-subtitles in Finnish by Anita Mikkonen. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki (Mexican Horror), 14 Oct 2010

Effective and original atmosphere in the Mexican horror film that starts in the vault of the nocturnal graveyard and continues in the hospital where the undead's "scientific mystery" will be studied. The ensemble of actors works well together, and there is an amusing humoristic dimension in the vampire story, the right balance between horror and a sense of humour. The clean print looks like it's drawn from a good source with low contrast. I saw 40 min.

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