Monday, August 23, 2010

El Vampiro - Image of Inspiration 2

I've no idea what this artwork was intended for, but it's a stunning piece by Sanjulian, the famous Spanish artist who used to do work for James Warren publications like CREEPY and VAMPIRELLA. Dated 1994. Oh, Sanjulian's brother is Maren, the artist responsible for the artwork in my previous post that was sourced from the same photo.

Friday, August 20, 2010

El Vampiro - Image of Inspiration

Images of German Robles in his "el vampiro" role have been employed by artists around the world. Here is the cover by Maren of DOSSIER NERGO, no. 162, which borrows Robles' image. DOSSIER NEGRO was the longest running adult horror comic magazine in Spain, first premiering in 1968.

The original image:

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Atmosphere, Atmosphere, Atmosphere!

One of the most delightful films in Mexican fantastique is the 1962 SANTO CONTRA LAS MUJERES VAMPIRO (SANTO VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN). This seventh film in the Santo series stands out because it's drenched in atmosphere, as the above rare still shows. Atmosphere is one of the key components of a classic horror film. Cobwebs, mists, dank cellars, ancient walls slimy with musty dew--the horror film fan breathes in such atmosphere and knows he or she is home.