Rostro infernal (1963)

ROSTRO INFERNAL (1963)
aka THE INCREDIBLE FACE OF DR. B
Article 1997 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-2-2006
Posting Date: 1-30-2007
Directed by Alfredo B. Crevenna
Featuring Eric del Castillo, Rosa Carmina, Jaime Fernandez

Count Brankovan can gain immortality by drinking liquids drained from the brains of his victims. The police are trying to catch him.

Here’s another useless review of Mexican horror movie which I’ve only been able to find in unsubtitled Spanish. I wouldn’t even have that much of the plot to give you if the blurb on the back cover of my DVD didn’t explain it. As usual, the parts I best appreciate are those that are purely visual; as a result, I find myself enjoying the musical numbers more than I would in other movies, and this movie features a combo which plays jazzy versions of familiar melodies, two of which I recognize though I don’t know their titles; all I can say is that one number always reminds me of Hawaii and the other of undertakers. I do know that the evil scientist (who hides his ugly face behind a mask) has an assistant named Kunto who looks quite familiar, though the only other credit I can find for him is in TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD, which I’ve never seen. The scientist also keeps four white-haired androids (I think that may be the proper word) to do his bidding, though they do get confused on occasion, especially towards the end when they take off their suits so they can go bare-chested while interrupting a musical number but end up attacking each other when clever policeman shine big flashlights on them (I’m betting this scene makes a lot more sense if I understood the language, but who knows?) This is one movie where the subtitles or dubbing would really have come in handy, though I’d sum it up by saying it’s a more horror oriented take on THE MAN IN HALF MOON STREET.

 

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