LOL the English language dub track for the INVASION OF THE VAMPIRES bootleg I managed to find at a used record store is a marvel in itself. Some sort of surrealist masterpiece. Sounds like it was recorded in the lobby of a church over coffee by an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Then there's the huge, and I mean HUGE fake flapping bat -- makes the fake bat from Jess Franco's "Count Dracula" look like a masterpiece of animatronic puppeteering by comparison.
Then there are the names: Count Frankenhausen and Broomhilda are the best (yes, I know it's Brunhilde but I'm having fun here), and all those wild electronic sound effects cues heard in like 3 other of these MexiVamp potboilers. Can't get enough of them actually ... I think this one comes after BLOODY VAMPIRE and WORLD OF THE VAMPIRES, which is a trip with that funky haunted bone organ by H.R. Giger.
Seriously though, these Mexican vampire movies are a treat for fans of Gothic atmospheric horror, filmed ingeniously by non-Hollywood types with a sense of style that is unique. There's about seven movies from this era that aren't too difficult to find:
The Vampire (1957) The Vampire's Coffin (1958) World of the Vampires (1961) Santo Vs. the Vampire Women (1962) The Bloody Vampire (1962) Invasion of the Vampires (1963) Bring Me The Vampire (1963) Empire of Dracula (1966)
This one being perhaps the most difficult to score, though all are floating around on various public domain DVDs and underground DVD-R releases of varying quality. Mine was pretty poor but you know, it's sort of fitting. Watching this creaky old movie on a flickering B&W screen at 3:20 in the morning on a Saturday is kind of what material like this was made for. Though a hearty archival restorative effort to resurrect these movies is long overdue. They are all marvelous!