Las Vampiras (1969)

aka The Vampires
Article 3328 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-8-2010
Posting Date: 9-24-2010
Directed by Federico Curiel
Featuring John Carradine, Mil Mascaras, Maria Duval
Country: Mexico
What it is: Mexican masked wrestler movie

Vampires are on the loose, and it’s up to Mil Mascaras to defeat them.

A name horror actor in a Mexican wrestler movie? The idea boggles the mind somewhat, but now that I know one exists, I’m not surprised the actor in question is John Carradine. He appears to be having the time of his life as well; his performance is gleefully over the top, so much so that you’ll wonder if his aged vampire character is caged up throughout most of the movie because he’s suffering from senility. The aptly named Mil Mascaras dons quite a few different masks during the length of the movie, though he eventually settles on a red one during the last half of the movie; my favorite mask has a spiral on it that I’m sure would have made his opponent in the ring dizzy. The female vampires in this movie are a hoot; not only do they flap their arms about even when they aren’t bats, but they’re the world’s worst drivers (they wreck two cars during the course of the movie). I just wish it was all subtitled in English; I have no idea what’s going on most of the time, though it is entertaining. It is rather jarring, though, to hear the voice they used to dub Carradine.

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