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Vampus Horror Tales

Spain / Uruguay 2020
produced by
Rafael Martín, Erika Elizalde, Víctor Matellano (creative) for Argot Films, Wild Duck Productions, Red Rum, ViMa PC, Infilmity, Raccord Films
directed by Víctor Matellano (wraparound segment), Manuel Martínez Velasco (segment La Boda), Erika Elizalde (segment Cumpleaños), Isaac Berrocal (segment Segunda Cita), Piter Moreira (segment Linaje)
starring wraparound segment: Saturnino García, Diego Arjona, Alberto Rivas, Héctor Cantolla, Marian Clar, África Gozalbes, Luis Hacha, Almudena León, Rafa Rodrigo, José Lifante, David Santana, Marina 'Romero, Sergio Morcillo, Paul Naschy (voice), Carlos Areces (voice), Héctor Cantolla; segment La Boda: Félix Gómez, Elena Furiase; segment Cumpleaños: Montse Pla, Dunia Rodríguez, Miguel Molina, Daniela Dardanelli, Jesús Nieto (voice), Claudio Rodríguez (voice); segment Segunda Cita: Nacho Guerreros, Erika Sanz, Marina Romero (voice), Víctor Clavijo (voice); segment Linaje: Federico Repetto, Vicky Jorge, Mateo Suárez, Bruno Moccia, Ana Mendoza (voice)
written by Victoria Vázquez, Diego Arjona, Víctor Matellano (wraparound segment), Yolanda García Serrano (segment La Boda), Ignacio López (segment Cumpleaños), Isaac Berrocal (segment Segunda Cita), Piter Moreira (segment Linaje), created by Víctor Matellano, music by Javier de la Morena, special effects supervisor: Colin Arthur

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Vampus (Saturnino García), a gravedigger with a canrivorous half-man/half-beast (Alberto Rivas) as a pet, is collecting corpses as pet food, and inbetween tells four tales of horror:
  • La Boda: For some reason, bride-to-be Marta (Elena Furiase) and best man-to-be Santi (Félix Gómez) find themselves locked into a basement, right beneath the place the wedding's held at. At first this seems just like a silly accident brought on by too much alcohol, later an evil ruse on Santi's bahalf as he has long been seccretly in love with Marta. But actually, there's something much more sinister behind the story ...
  • Cumpleaños: Two girls (Montse Plá, Dunia Rodríguez) get stuck at a haunted house ride at an amusement park - to soon notice there's some dangerously real haunts going on ...
  • Segunda Cita: Alex (Nacho Guerreros) takes his new acquaintance, blind Margot (Erika Sanz), to his house in the country to meet up with some friends. Only, the friends aren't coming because he has only made them up to lure her out - and the house might not be his either. And this is when things only start to get dangerous ...
  • A new pandemic that turns those infected into vampires has hit humankind - and a man (Federico Repetto) does everything to keep his wife (Vicky Jorge), who has turned, hidden from all welf-appointed vampire killers, and also tries to feed her the bet he can with the blood he can "find" ...

A fun horror anthology that covers a lot of ground when it comes to different approaches to the genre - from horror comedy to slasher to sci-fi horror to psycho thriller -, and yet, even despite five directors having worked on the film, comes across as a homogenous whole, basically because it's slickly filmed and stylishly directed throughout, and even if the stories of course vary a bit in quality, there's not a single actual dud in the movie, plus the acting is uniformly strong, while the film's overall macabre tendencies make sure this will resonate well with genre audiences.

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