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Although Bram Stoker gave it a literary sheen, vampire legends dominated the history of mankind since ancient times and with special emphasis on the middle ages. The importance of him in popular culture led Descartes and Voltaire to comment on the existence of the undead, until in the eighteenth century romanticism and the gothic novel would cause a real explosion in which dracula will be the model to follow although the literary universe was populated by many other vampires.

It also explains that the cycle Film Encyclopedia of Vampirism, which takes place at the Teatro San Martín, has had a long duration and is also only the first part of a compendium that will be completed next year. Since the beginning of cinema, through Georges Mélies, the stories of these bloodthirsty creatures have nourished the big screen, and there is no doubt that they will continue to do so.

A handful of irreplaceable classics dominate the vampire universe of the last month of exhibitions of the cycle organized by the Fundación Cinemateca Argentina and the Buenos Aires Ministry of Culture in the Sala Leopoldo Lugones (Corrientes 1530), with the collaboration of the Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires, during the weekends. Of the programming offered by the Lugones room, six can also be seen on platforms, which add up to a generous and attractive offer of other vampires available via streaming.

With the certainty that a comedy about vampires could be made without forgetting the horror quota, Roman Polanski makes his first color film with this, which is a clear tribute to the genre. Professor Abronsius and his assistant Alfred arrive to investigate the presence of vampires in a remote area. They stay at an inn where Alfred (Roman Polanski) falls in love with Sara (Sharon Tate), but she disappears and rumor has it that she was kidnapped by vampires leading to Count von Krolock’s castle.

the dance of the vampiresby Roman Polanski, is available on

with the protagonist of A year ago in Marienbad, the French Delphine Seyrig, the Canadian Danielle Ouimet, the American John Karlen and the German Andrea Rau, the director Harry Kümel made only two films within the genre, in the same year. This unique production is a mixture of a vampire movie with an erotic thriller, where two newlyweds travel to meet his mother to the East and stay in a hotel where they meet the Countess Bathory, who will seek through seduction to convert the young man in his maiden.

daughters of darknessby Harry Kümel, is screened on Saturday 11, at 3 p.m.

David Cronenberg’s film, for which he won the award for best screenplay and best visual effects at the Sitges festival, shows that the vampire myth can have other rereadings and reworkings, as presented by the story of Rose, who suffers a motorcycle accident, and subjected to a surgical intervention, a synthetic skin is grafted on her that awakens in her the uncontrollable drive for human blood. It was going to be starred in its origin by Sissy Spacek, but finally the main role was in charge of the porn actress Marilyn Chambers.

Rage, by David Cronenberg, is screened on Saturday the 11th, at 6 pm; is also available on

Before Bill Gunn had had a daily presence on American TV in series like Route 66, Heading for the unknown, Cipol’s agent either tarzan, but in 1973 he directed this film that took him to the Cannes Film Festival and was chosen as one of the ten North American films of the decade. An archaeologist oversees the excavation of a site when he is attacked by an assistant who then commits suicide. But the germs on the knife used as a weapon cause wounds to heal and Dr. Green to desperately seek human blood.

Ganja and Hessby Bill Gunn, is screened on Saturday 18, at 3:00 p.m.

This film turned the vampire genre into a cult cinema, allowed Universal to develop an extensive gallery of horror films that marked an era, and turned Bela Lugosi in a world star inexorably associated with the bloodsucking vampire. It was also the first film that could officially adapt Bram Stoker’s novel, since Nosferatu (1922), by Murnau, did not have the rights of the writer’s widow. A good time to celebrate 90 years of a classic of the genre.

dracula, by Tod Browning and Karl Freund, is screened on Saturday 18, at 6 pm; is also available on

Soviet tanks had already passed through Prague and Czechoslovakia was experiencing a state of political repression that did not prevent Jaromil Jires from adapting Vitezslav Nezval’s novel with the story of Valeria, who lives with her grandmother in a small medieval town while dreaming of meeting love. But a vampire also walks the streets. Surreal and extraordinary visual work to explain the transition from childhood to adolescence in a fairy tale with great beauty and also terror.

Valeria and the week of wonders, by Jaromil Jires, is screened on Sunday 19, at 6 pm; is also available on the Artkino Pictures YouTube channel.

Martín Desalvo joins the meager national production that gave birth to the genre with a singular proposal developed in a small town, but far from the spectacular gore, it rests on the subtle atmospheres that explain the supernatural. For the rest, that small town faces an outbreak of rabies and Anabel arrives fainted at her cousin Virginia’s. The solid performances of Romina Paula and Mora Recalde complete the mystery quota. He was part of the Sala Lugones cycle and can be seen via streaming.

The day brought darknessby Martín Desalvo, is available at

Adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel not authorized by his widow, who won a lawsuit that ordered the destruction of all copies. Its distribution allowed a handful of them to survive and be recognized as one of the best vampire films of all time and a masterpiece of German expressionism. The film changed the names of the characters (the Count was renamed Orlok), but not his iconic Transylvania. To add truculence to his course, in 2015 the grave of FW Murnau, his director, was desecrated and his skull stolen. He integrated the cycle of the Lugones Room.

Nosferatuby FW Murnau, is available on

Directed by Neil Jordan based on the novel by Ann Rice tells the story of Lestat de Lioncourt and his encounter with Louis de Pointe du Lac and how he became a vampire at the end of the 18th century, including in his course the encounter with a passing girl to join the clan. All told in the middle of the 20th century by Lestat to a journalist who is too fascinated with history. With Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas, it is one of the recent classics of the genre along with Dracula, by Francis Ford Coppola.

interview with the vampireby Neil Jordan, is available on HBO Max.

Revisiting the vampire myth but in a romantic key, Francis Ford Coppola’s film has been a cult object almost since its premiere. With a soundtrack by the great Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, who became a powerful leitmotif, and a cast made up of Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins, and even singer-songwriter Tom Waitslike Reinfeld. Even with its multiple licenses it is one of the best adaptations of Stoker’s novel to the big screen and a film that can always be seen again.

Dracula, by Francis Ford Coppola, is available on Netflix.

Made by the great master of Catalan cinema Pere Portabella, it aims to be just a making of of the movie count dracula, shot two years earlier by Jesús Franco. But the film, in addition to being a documentary about the filming of Franco’s (Jesús) singular proposal, is also a clear x-ray of the cinema shot on the fringes of the system imposed by Franco (Francisco), in times when everything that seemed avant-garde it was forbidden. With a subtle handling of black and white, the film shot in 16mm just hit theaters 38 years later.

Cuadecuc, vampireby Pere Poratbella, is available on MUBI.

John Carpenter’s film adapts the novel Vampire$by John Steakley, and navigated between a proposal with nods to the cinema class B and a large-scale production mainly by virtue of its stellar cast that had the names of James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee and Maximilian Schell. Defined as a western with vampires, it all begins when a group of Vatican-backed hunters arrive at an abandoned house in New Mexico to start a new anti-vampire raid, but they fail to find the most powerful vampire.

vampiresby John Carpenter, is available on Netflix.

A film about Dracula almost without the character of Dracula is the realization that Terence Fisher finalized as a farewell to his union with the vampire behind the cameras. In this return, Christopher Lee appears in only five scenes, and yet he is much more than Dracula’s brideswhen it never appears. Here the Abbot of Kleinberg urges some expedition members not to continue their journey; the Kents continue, although the coachman, terrified, abandons them in the middle of the forest. But they will not be alone, a carriage rescues them and takes them to Count Dracula’s castle.

Dracula, prince of darknessby Terence Fisher, is available on and Amazon Prime Video.

Darren is a good boy and a good student until he comes across a bizarre circus that he is invited to join, unaware that the circus is run by vampires. Directed by Paul Weitz, it is a revisit to the teen vampire comedy genre that had a great classic in the eighties as it was Don’t let mom find out and new spirits with the saga Twilight. Chris Massoglia stars in the story where Willem Dafoe and John C. Reilly stand out as the other vampires.

the vampire apprenticeby Paul Weitz, is available on HBO Max.

It was started by Riccardo Freda, who walked off the set on the last day of shooting, and was replaced by the Giallo’s talented father Mario Bava. The story presents a series of crimes where young women are found without a trace of blood, which leads a journalist to investigate the cases and investigate the strange Du Grand family in Paris in the late fifties. It was the last film that Freda made with the leading lady Gianna Maria Canale, for which the director had left his wife and gone to live in Brazil.

The Vampireby Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava, is available on

As fundamental as the version from nine decades ago with Bela Lugosi, is the one that Terence Fisher produced on British soil in the late 1950s. It is so because he managed to revitalize a genre that had languished through a clever combination of eroticism and explicit blood that he elevated Christopher Lee to stardom and repeated the role of Count Dracula several times, like at least odd Peter Cushing to mimic Doctor Van Helsing. An inescapable classic that brought gothic horror back to the screen and brought Hammer Films to the fore.

draculaby Terence Fisher, is available on

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