A Mexican Vampire in Mexico

El Ataúd del VampiroEl Ataúd del Vampiro (1958) translates as The Vampire’s Coffin. Or something like that. A sequel to El Vampiro (1957), stupid graverobbers steal the vampire’s coffin and sell it to a doctor who intends to study the mythical corpse. Once the stake is pulled out of Count Karol de Lavud’s chest (what a sissy name for a vampire), it’s show time.

The Count is nowhere near threatening, what with his streaked hair, high-collared tuxedo and birthday candle fangs. And yet, people still run from him. Can’t get far as this vampire can disappear and reappear across the room, making it tough to serve him a stake dinner. He can also turn into a bat simply by jumping in the air. (I didn’t believe it for a second as the bat-changing scenes look like a bad-edit.)

El Ataúd del Vampiro The Count wants the doctor’s girlfriend, who is a part-time nurse and dancer showgirl(!). For some reason the doctor doesn’t want the Count to have her. Thus, conflict. Lots of chasing and punching, with the Count taking a nice roundhouse clock to the face, which sends him flailing backward and tripping over a stool (a chair, not, you know, the other kind.)

El Ataúd del VampiroThe DVD liner notes say that both El Vampiro and El Ataúd del Vampiro became the templates for countless Mexican horror movies. Unless you’re from Mexico, this is not bueno. Why? For starters, the bloodless neck-biting is about as gory as food coloring. And the vampire looks about as fearsome as refried beans. So yeah, no es bueno.

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