El vampiro

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El vampiro
Directed by Fernando Méndez
Produced by Abel Salazar
Written by Ramón Obón (Story and adaptation)
Starring Abel Salazar
Germán Robles
Ariadne Welter
Carmen Montejo
José Luis Jiménez
Music by Gustavo César Carrión
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

El vampiro (English: The Vampire) is a 1957 Mexican horror film, produced by Abel Salazar and directed by Fernando Méndez from an original screenplay by Ramon Obon, and starring German Robles as Count Lavud, the vampire. The film offered an original, Mexican version of the vampire legend and was, in that context, highly popular and influential for the Mexican cinema.


The film is about Marta, a young woman, who travels to her childhood village, only to find that one of her aunts is dead and another is under the influence of Mr. Duval, who later turns out to be a vampire named Count Karol de Lavud.



It is one of the first movies to show a vampire with elongated canines. Although F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (Max Schrek) had elongated incisors; Tod Browning's Dracula (Bela Lugosi) did not show his teeth at all. This film can therefore be seen as a link between the Universal and the Hammer presentations of vampires.

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