Friday, May 25, 2012
THE BLOODY VAMPIRE (1962)
I will say that this Mexican vampire movie has a lot of good creepy atmosphere but besides that there's mostly just a bunch of talking and it all moves at the pace of a turtle. Right from the opening sequence we get a slow motion carriage driven by a skeleton which is a cool visual but not really all the interesting when it kicks off a gab-fest of a movie that seems to have a run-time that never ends. There was a sequel to this for some reason (maybe the original Mexican version is somehow better than the crappy dubbed version I watched?) called INVASION OF THE VAMPIRES but I'm in no rush to catch that one. Amazingly the U.S. dub is edited down and still runs a good 100 minutes and seems even longer.
K. Gordon Murray who brought this to America filmed a crazy pre-credit sequence where he tried to hypnotize the audience with some swirly screen nonsense.
Our title character becomes one of the stupidest looking vampire bats(complete with big rabbit ears!) that I've ever seen in one of the few scenes where anything worthwhile happens: