Dracula as Inter-American Film Icon: Universal Pictures and Cinematográfica ABSA
My essay explores the vampire cinema of Hollywood and Mexico. In particular, I trace the relationship between Universal Pictures as the progenitor of horror during the Great Depression and Cinematográfica ABSA's "mexploitation" practices. The latter resulted in the first vampire film in Latin America--"El vampiro" (1957). Rather than strengthening separatist national cinemas, the unintended consequences of genre film production make this a case of inter-American scope.
Dracula; Hemispheric; Inter-American; Cinema; mexploitation
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