Vampir-Cuadecuc

Spain / 1971 / 66 minutes / NR

Filmed on the set of Jesse Franco’s 1970 cult film Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Portabella’s Vampir-Cuadecuc mixes making-of footage with an investigation of the figure of the vampire. Both playful and deadly serious, with high-contrast black-and-white cinematography and an electronic soundtrack, the film asks us to consider the undead as a stand-in for both General Franco, the bloodthirsty avatar of a fascism that won’t die, and cinema, the art that reanimates the dead.


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  • Director

    Pere Portabella

  • Cast

    Christopher Lee
    Jesús Franco
    Herbert Lom

  • "A ravishing masterpiece. Moving back and forth between Franco’s film (with Dracula as an implicit stand-in for the generalissimo) and poetic production details, Portabella offers witty reflections on the powerful monopolies of both dictators and commercial cinema."

    — Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • "A hypnotic 1970 deconstruction of a Christopher Lee vampire film directed by that other and quite opposite pillar of the Spanish cinema, the exploitation specialist Jess Franco."

    — Dave Kehr, The New York Times
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