The Vampire (1957)

The Count can't resist Martha's neck

The Count can’t resist Martha’s neck

Mexican vampire movie loaded with atmosphere. The soundtrack fits right in to make this a good one. I wasn’t expecting much but got into it thanks to all the fog and visuals that came across very effectively in black and white.

Martha (Marta) is summoned to the Sycamores in Sierra Negra, Mexico by her Uncle Ambrose (Emilio). Her Aunt Mary (Maria) is very ill. At the train station she meets Henry (Enrique), a traveling salesman. They get a ride from Boris who works for her family’s neighbor Count Karol de Lavud. He just has a crate of dirt delivered from Hungary on the train.

Boris drops them off an hour away from the Sycamores so they have to walk the rest of the way. They don’t know they’re being followed by a vampire. Before they get there a funeral was held for Mary. Household servants Anselmo and Maria find a note in Mary’s rosary. Martha gets the bad news when they finally arrive.

Her Aunt Eloisa looks like she hasn’t aged a day. Martha doesn’t know she’s a vampire and was the one following her on the road. Lavud wants to buy the place but Ambrose refuses to sell. Eloisa wants to sell and Martha will be the tie breaker.

A book keeps trying to fall out of the bookcase. It finally makes its presence known. It’s all about what happened to a vampire in the area a hundred years ago. His name was Duval. Henry takes it upstairs for some before bedtime reading. No one knows it but Henry is actually a doctor that Ambrose summoned to check on Mary. He wanted to know if she was crazy because of her fear of being attacked by a vampire.

While Henry and Martha are upstairs Lavud drops in on Eloisa. He’s a vampire too. His real name is Duval. He got the dirt because he wants to revive his brother. He says the legend goes that a person has to be bitten twice by a vampire before becoming one of the club.

That night Henry hears a woman singing a lullaby. Martha drifts off and doesn’t notice her dead Aunt Mary come in the room through a bookcase and leave a cross on the bed. After she leaves Duval comes in for a bite. The cross stops him in his tracks. Then in her restless sleep Martha knocks the cross on the floor. Snack time for Duval. That’s one bite.

Henry plans to leave the next day. There’s a locked room where Martha used to live in when she was a child. Henry opens the door and finds nothing but dust and cobwebs along with a doll in a crib. He tells Martha she should take a look. When she does she freaks when she sees her Aunt Mary.

Later while Martha is looking in a mirror combing her hair, Eloisa comes in. Martha turns the mirror to look at her Aunt. No reflection. Now she’s starting to get it. Downstairs she meets Duval. She recognizes him as the man from her nightmare. Now she’s really getting it and faints. Henry tells Ambrose to get his bag. He examines Martha. She’s dead….maybe.

I avoided this movie a number of times. I’m glad I finally watched it. The storyline isn’t anything new but it’s a good presentation.

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I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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2 Responses to The Vampire (1957)

  1. dfordoom says:

    Mexican horror movies of that era are often surprisingly excellent.

  2. vintage45 says:

    That’s true. This was a pleasant surprise.

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