Bring Me the Vampire (1963)

Article 1974 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-10-2006
Posting Date: 1-7-2007
Directed by Alfredo B. Crevenna and Alberto Mariscal
Featuring Maria Eugenia San Martin, Carlos Requelme, Hector Godoy

A group of heirs to a massive fortune are lured by a ghost to a spooky house where they have to stay to collect the money. They begin dying one by one.

Forget the vampire – after this one, you’ll want someone to bring you an aspirin. It’s a horror comedy with an “old dark house” setting, with ghosts, a vampire, talking skeletons and mummies all thrown into the mix. But, unlike PHANTOM OF THE RED HOUSE (another Mexican “old dark house” comedy with a surprsing amount of good laughs in it), this one is shrill, desperate, annoying and utterly unfunny. It does manage to dredge up a bit of mood in a few scenes, and it does have one good scare (involving a dinner tray), but these moments are hardly enough to save me from considering it the nadir of the Mexican horror genre. Granted, I’m sure a lot of what’s awful about it is the horrendous dubbing, but I suspect that it’s not that much better in its own language. The story is thoroughly confusing, and the ending is just unbelievable. When a movie makes me wish that I was watching the Ritz Brothers in THE GORILLA, you know it’s bad.



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