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An Interview with Víctor Matellano, Director of Vampyres

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2016

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Your new movie Vampyres - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Two women living in a big house in the forest seduce and capture unwary travelers for sex orgies ending in orgies of blood ...

 

With Vampyres being a remake of José Ramón Larraz's classic of the same name [click here], what prompted you to do your version of exactly that movie? And what do you think sets your film apart from the earlier version?

 

Some elements and situations of the new Vampyres are in the original, but in this case there is an update of characters, symbols and story structure.

 

Somehow connected to the last question: Are you a fan of 1970s erotic Eurohorror to begin with, and some of your genre favourites?

 

I'm not particularly a fan of erotic Eurohorror of the 70's, although I admit that I am fond of some titles of the time such as The Vampire Lovers and Lust for a Vampire. I'm more interested in historical horror tales like Vampyres, so that's why I chose to do that particular type of film.

 

Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up Vampyres?

 

Vampire literature of the nineteenth century, which is more like ghosts or witches tales.

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

The first Vampyres was an example of the kind of film that was done in the seventies. I have addressed this new version from the referent films of my childhood, the late seventies and early eighties with Carpenter and Craven, and even more recent films like The Hunger. Actually we considered a classic style that refers to that kind of film

 

Vampyres stars quite a few of yesteryear's stars, like Caroline Munro [Caroline Munro bio - click here], Antonio Mayans and Lone Fleming - so what's the idea behind this, what was it like working with them, and how did you get them in the first place even?

 

It seemed very important to Angel Mora (executive producer) and to me that one of the characters was played by stars like Lone, Antonio or Caroline. Fortunately they are active and eager to honor the films of the past. It was wonderful to work with them. They are also my friends for some time and it is a pleasure to share filming with them. And for me it was a real pleasure to have Caroline in the cast, I am fascinated by Maniac and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people? And since your movie demands quite a bit of nudity and the like, how hard or easy was it to cast Vampyres actually?

 

The cast is comprised of Christian Stamm as "Ted", in a very contained interpretation. Veronica Polo Bacorn, Victor Vidal and Anthony Rotsa are the trio of young hikers seduced by the Vampyre, and they performed with great professionalism. I would emphasize with the interpretation Marta Flich and Almudena Leon as the vampires. They had to endure many problems on set, starting with nudity, a sensitive issue. Finally, I was able to work with two international actors, Fele Martinez and Luis Hacha, who is known for his work with Alejandro Amenabar.

 

You of course also have to talk about your wonderful locations for a bit?

 

It was very important to have a mysterious forest, a squalid house, a haunting dungeon, all this properly photographed by Daniel Salas Alberola, giving it atmosphere, along with Jose Arrufat's music and the songs of Javier de la Morena.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

It was an intense but very quiet shoot. The team was very respectful of the sex scenes and very meticulous with blood. It had the feeling of being something unique.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Vampyres?

 

For me the most important thing is the audience and that the public has fun with this film. Overall, values have been highlighted to create a project of this nature with its difficulties.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I've finished my new film, a very bloody western called Stop Over in Hell. It will soon begin its journey in festivals.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I always liked the movies. And from a young age I liked the monsters. For me making films is like a game. I learned working on the set, and listening to the greats like Richard Lester.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Vampyres?

 

Before Vampyres I worked a lot as a writer, first assistant director in film and television, short film, and directing the films Clawing and Wax.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

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I am very hardworking and very observant. I like the solid work. And I like the working style of the classic directors of old, prepared to shoot any story as artisans.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Uff ... I admire all the greats: Murnau, Hitchcock, De Palma, Polanski, Carpenter, Peckinpah, Leone ...

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Frankenstein, Alien, Psycho, The Man Who Shot Liverty Valance, Rio LoboLa Nuit Américaine... and of course The Wizard of Oz

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

The truth is that I find charm in any film ...

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

Vampyres:

https://www.facebook.com/VampyresMovie/

https://twitter.com/vampyres_movie

 

Wax:

https://es-es.facebook.com/Waxpelicula/

https://twitter.com/waxpelicula

 

Stop Over in Hell:

https://twitter.com/stopoverinhell 

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I've merely forgotten to ask?

 

Long live the fantasy and horror!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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