Length / Vampir Cuadecuc:
Blu-Ray (24fps): 69 minutes
DVD (25fps): 66 minutes
Special features (Blu-ray): 59 mins
Special features (DVD): 56 mins
Sound / Blu-Ray:
2.0 Dual Mono LPCM (48k/16-bit)
Sound / DVD: 2.0 Dolby Mono
Black and white
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1
/ 1080 / 24fps / Region ABC
DVD: PAL / DVD9 / 25 fps / Region 0
Blu-Ray RRP: £19.99
DVD RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 25 Sept 2017
Second Run DVD 118 / SRBD 007
Made in Spain during General Franco’s rule, Pere Portabella’s extraordinary Vampir Cuadecuc was filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s shocker El Conde Dracula (Count Dracula, 1970) starring Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom and the exquisite Soledad Miranda.
Filmed in stark, heavily grained black and white, this atmospheric and experimental ‘making of’ documentary transforms the myth of the vampire into a powerful metaphor for bloodthirsty fascism epitomised by Franco and tyrants like him, a witty allegory with Dracula as the dictator who feeds on his people, yet whose demise is certain.
Dispensing almost entirely with dialogue, Portabella relies on an abstract, fabulously idiosyncratic soundscape created by renowned Catalan artist and musician Carles Santos for its unearthly effect. Banned after completion, Vampir Cuadecuc remains a provocative, subversive and surreal experience.
Presented from a new director-approved HD transfer and remaster of the film and available on both region-free Blu-ray and DVD formats, our release includes a new and and exclusive interview with director Pere Portabella, plus two short films, and introduction by BFI curator William Fowler and a new essay by filmmaker Stanley Schtinter.
• Presented from an HD re-master and transfer of the film from original materials, approved by the director.
• Newly filmed, exclusive interview with Pere Portabella.
• Portabella’s experimental short films made with the film’s composer Carles Santos - La Tempesta (2003) and
No al No (2006).
• Newly filmed, exclusive appreciation of the film by writer and BFI curator William Fowler.
• 20-page booklet featuring a new essay by filmmaker and curator Stanley Schtinter.
• Available for the first time ever in the UK
Directed by Pere Portabella
Screenplay - Joan Brossa, Pere Portabella
Music - Carles Santos
Cinematography - Manel Esteban
Film Editing - Miguel Bonastre
Assistant Director - Anne Settimó
Sound - Jordi Sangenís
Christopher Lee - Himself / Count Dracula
Herbert Lom - Himself / Prof. Van Helsing
Soledad Miranda - Herself / Lucy Westenra
Jack Taylor - Himself / Quincey Morris
Emma Cohen - Herself / Vampire Woman
Jesús Franco - Himself / Van Helsing's Servant
Colette Giacobine - Herself / Greta, Housekeeper
Jeannine Mestre - Herself / Vampire Woman
Paul Muller - Himself / Dr. Seward
Maria Rohm - Herself / Mina Murray
Fred Williams - Himself / Jonathan Harker
1971 Cannes Film Festival /
Official selection: Director’s Fortnight
"Portabella’s ravishing 1970 underground masterpiece… offers witty reflections on the powerful monopolies of both dictators and commercial cinema" Jonathan Rosenbaum
"Genuinely (and appropriately) otherworldly... a profoundly different take on a myth and the filmmaking surrounding it"
Eye for Film
"The film creates a ravishing netherworld that seems to exist in neither the 19th century nor the 20th but in a unique zone oscillating between these eras, just as it seems to occupy a realm of its own that is neither fiction nor non-fiction... But above all is an all-embracing sensual pleasure and humour overriding centuries, generic categories, and conventions" Jonathan Rosenbaum