THE VAMPIRE’S COFFIN (1958) Reviews of Mexican horror

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The Vampire’s Coffin is a 1958 Mexican supernatural horror film directed by Fernando Méndez (The Living Coffin; Black Pit of Doctor M; The Vampire; et al) from a screenplay by Ramón Obón (The She-Wolf100 Cries of Terror; The World of the Vampires), based on a story by Raúl Zenteno (The Man and the Monster).

The movie stars Abel Salazar, Ariadna Welter and Germán Robles.

Dr Marion (Carlos Ancira) employs a criminal (Yerye Beirute) to remove the coffin of vampire Count Lavud (Germán Robles) from a crypt. At the doctor’s hospital, a wooden stake is removed from the Count’s heart, and he is soon stalking nurse Martha (Ariadna Welter)…

“Abel Salazar is given more to do this time and he makes good use of his ample amount of screen time. The character Marta almost seems like a different person now that is nothing more than the typical girlfriend role. Once again the best part of the film is watching actor Germán Robles as Count Karol de Lavud.” 10K Bullets

” …director Fernando Méndez handles things quite nicely with a lot of stunning shadowy photography, cobweb-ridden sets, and blankets of fog lingering almost constantly. The great Azteca studios gives both films an air of pure gothic […] moving the action to such places as a lofty theater and a waxworks museum…” DVD Drive-In

” …the film has its share of terrific set pieces, particularly when Lavud chases a dancer (and coded prostitute?) through the empty city streets, with the vampire’s enormous shadow threatening to swallow her whole.” DVD Talk


CasaNegra released the film on DVD with The Vampire (1957) on October 31st, 2006.

Cast and characters:
Abel Salazar … Dr Enrique Saldívar
Ariadne Welter … Marta González
Germán Robles … Count Karol de Lavud
Yerye Beirute … Barraza
Alicia Montoya … María Teresa
Guillermo Orea … Doctor Mendoza
Carlos Ancira … Museum Manager
Antonio Raxel … Hospital Director

Original title:
El ataúd del Vampiro

Technical details:
1 hour 20 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.37: 1

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