THE LAKE VAMPIRE (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Evil never dies’

The Lake Vampire is a 2018 Venezuelan psychological thriller feature film about an author who tracks down a mysterious blood-drinking serial killer.

Written and directed by Carl Zitelmann, making his feature debut, based on the novel ‘A Vampire in Maracaibo’ by Norberto José Olivar, the movie stars Sócrates Serrano and Eduardo Gulino.


Author Ernesto Navarro (Sócrates Serrano) is on the hunt for his next big story when he finds more than he bargained for when he encounters evil incarnate in the form of a serial killer (Eduardo Gulino) who seeks immortality through unspeakably sinister means…


The plot was inspired by the real-life case of Zacarias Ortega, a serial killer who drank the blood of his victims. In 1975, when Ortega was captured and detained, he confessed he committed all his crimes to honour an alleged pact with the Devil, who made him immortal.


“Granted, the final-final conclusion is a bit of a letdown, but that is par for the course. What matters is how the film gets there—and Zitelmann takes us on a really twisty rollercoaster ride. Unusually smart and unsettlingly eerie, The Lake Vampire is very highly recommended…” J.B. Spins

“Overwrought but nonetheless thoughtfully creepy, The Lake Vampire emerges as a new and formidable calling card for genre cinema in Venezuela and for Zitelmann as a creator. Its narrative fangs may not be fully sharpened, but enough to pique one’s morbid interest.” Los Angeles Times


Released theatrically in Venezuela on 1st June 2018.

In the US, the film opens at the Laemmle Glendale in Los Angeles this Friday, September 27th, before being released by Uncork’d Entertainment and Dark Star Pictures via VOD in the Fall.

Cast and characters:

Sócrates Serrano … Ernesto Navarro
Eduardo Gulino … Zacarias Ortega / Ramon Perez Brenes / El Diablo Del Llano
Maria Antonieta Hidalgo … Zuleima
Miguel Ángel Landa … Jeremias Morales
Carla Muller … Patricia
Julie Restifo … Yolanda Gomez
Abilio Torres … Jeremias Morales (Joven)

Technical details:

102 minutes

Original title:

El vampiro del lago


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