This is an English-dubbed, K. Gordon Murray presentation
of a Mexican-made film. There's the usual Big House, with terrible and mysterious
things as and an inventor who understands vampires, and has some family secrets
to help him destroy them ...
- Directed and written by Miguel Morayta
- Produced by Rafael Pérez Grovas and K. Gordon Murray (English
- Original Music by Luis Hernández Bretón
by Raúl Martínez Solares
- Film Editing by Gloria Schoemann
- Production Design by Manuel Fontanals
- Set Decoration by Carlos
Begoña Palacios as Anna Cagliostro
Erna Martha Bauman
as Countess Eugenia Frankenhausen
Raúl Farell as Dr. Riccardo Peisser
Bertha Moss as Frau Hildegarde
Carlos Agostí as Count Siegfried von
Pancho Córdova as Justus (as Francisco A. Cordova)
Antonio Raxel as Count Valsamo de Cagliostro
Enrique Lucero as Lazaro
Lupe Carriles as Lupe, the innkeeper
Nathanael León as Torture Chamber
"From the first frames - with a slowed-down
horse-drawn carriage almost floating through the fog-shrouded trail, the soundtrack
containing an eerie wind punctuated by a slow churchbell and wolf howling - you
know you are in the hands of filmmakers who know how to capture a disturbing setting
of gothic horror.
While this film does have some slow talky moments,
I would rate it among the finest vampire films of the 60s, equal to the best ones
coming from Italy and the Philippines. Director Miguel Mortaya is a master.
film is so visually stunning that even those who dislike dubbing may be able to
get past it here and let the film's shadowy images wash over them." - Review
Following the spooky stagecoach, we are treated to a neat justification
for graverobbing, before getting to meet Count Frankenhausen, after which things
get a little confusing ... just as you suspect the Count is in the wrong movie,
so his obsession with midnight is equally worrying. But this guy can hypnotize
through solid wood AND talk like a dalek, so that's okay!
Quote to Remember:
second wife died tragically. She was burned at the stake"
versions are available, most of fairly poor quality with no extras. Look out for
the version with the "outlandish and ong K. Gordon Murray spoken prologue
with a swirling, headache-inducing spiral on the screen".