Your Daily Dracula – Carlos González as Professor Werner Amadeus Von Dracula, ¡Vampiros en la Habana! (Vampires in Havana) (1985)
In 1933, two rival vampire groups converge in Havana to squabble over Professor Von Dracula’s invention ‘vampisol’, a cream which enables vampires to emerge in daylight. A group of European aristocrats want a monopoly on the formula, while a brasher bunch of Chicago gangsters wish it suppressed because they have a lucrative trade in underground ‘beaches’ where vampires can experience simulated sunlight. The hero is Dracula’s nephew Pepe (Detlef Bierstedt), who has been raised on vampisol and doesn’t even know he’s a vampire, having passed his time joining the struggle to overthrow the Machado regime by singing subversive songs in public.
The film is packed with amusing gags and ideas: a revolver which fires wooden stakes, a werewolf harassed by street mongrels, a pack of bloodsuckers seen cheering the villain of a vampire movie, and an amusingly prim heroine who refuses to enter a motel with a man even during a life-or-death chase. Finally, Pepe sings a song that reveals the vampisol formula over an international vampire radio hook-up, changing the undead way of life forever. With some good-natured politics (the villains are all national caricatures, the hero is a cheery revolutionary) and light-hearted spoofing of the melodramatic excesses of the hispanic vampire, this is very likeable.
Directed and written by Juan Padrón.
First published in The Aurum Encyclopedia: Horror.