Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Vampire’s Coffin (1958)


By Orrin Grey


The Vampire’s Coffin (1958). Directed by: Fernando Mendez. Starring: Abel Salazar, Ariadna Welter, German Robles.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. A great many Mexican horror films of the fifties all feel sort of like they were made by someone who was trying to recreate the Universal monster movies from memory, which is probably kind of what they were. As such, they …

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Mexican Dracula: German Robles, El Vampiro

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia


I shook hands with Dracula’s Mexican equivalent more than ten years ago after a theatre performance of La Dama de Negro. By then, German Robles, most famous for his role as Count Karol de Lavud a.k.a. Duval the Vampire, was no longer the young man in a cape that I had seen in the black and white movies, but he still struck an imposing figure.

German Robles first donned that black cape back in 1957 when …

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