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 ...
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?
elements and situations of the new Vampyres
are in the
original, but in this case there is an update of characters, symbols and
connected to the last question: Are you a fan of 1970s erotic Eurohorror
to begin with, and some of your genre favourites?
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.
sources of inspiration when dreaming up Vampyres?
literature of the nineteenth century, which is more like ghosts or witches
can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at
The first Vampyres
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
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?
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
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
What can you tell us
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
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
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Vampyres?
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.
future projects you'd like to share?
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
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
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Vampyres?
Vampyres I worked a lot as a writer, first assistant
director in film and television, short film, and directing the films Clawing and
would you describe yourself as a director?
Feeling lucky ?
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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.
who inspire you?
Uff ... I admire all the
greats: Murnau, Hitchcock, De Palma, Polanski, Carpenter, Peckinpah, Leone
Your favourite movies?
The Man Who Shot Liverty
Valance, Rio Lobo, La Nuit Américaine... and of course
The Wizard of Oz.
and of course, films you really deplore?
truth is that I find charm in any film ...
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
Over in Hell:
you're dying to mention and I've merely forgotten to ask?
live the fantasy and horror!
for the interview!