Feliz Halloween from all of us at HavanaNewYork.com!

 

Celebrate this Halloween with the whimsical animated film

Vampires in Havana (Vampiros en La Habana)

by Cuban director Juan Padrón.

The third feature by Cuban director Juan Padrón, Vampires in Havana (1985) is a silly, raunchy spoof of horror and gangster films. Wolfgang Amadeus von Dracula, the nephew of the famous count, invents a formula that allows vampires to endure sunlight--which he tests on his nephew Joseph "Pepe" Emmanuel. It works so well that Pepe is completely unaware of his true nature; he plays jazz trumpet (played by the famous Cuban musician, Arturo Sandoval) in a nightclub and joins a cell plotting to overthrow a repressive general. Pepe soon finds himself dodging the general's inept henchmen and rival vampire syndicates who want the valuable formula. Drawn in a simple, cartoony style that suggests a cross between the work of Zagrebfilm and the Mad Magazine cartoons of Sergio Aragones, Vampires in Havana offers American audiences a rare glimpse of the work of one of Cuba's leading animators. Unrated; suitable for ages 16 and up: Nudity, sexual humor, profanity, violence, ethnic stereotypes.

--Charles Solomon

 

The Village Voice, 1987

"FAST, BRASH AND RACY!"

 

The New York Times, 1987

"BRIGHT COLORS AND BRASH SPIRITS...It's all very hip, with takeoffs on gangster-movie types and Latin lovers."

 

Seattle Weekly, 1987

"THE MOST IMPROBABLY EXUBERANT, GOOD-HUMORED, AND DOWNRIGHT FUNNY VARIATION ON THE VAMPIRE MYTH EVER!"

 

The Hollywood Reporter, 1987

"A fast-paced, broad comedy with enough bawdy and genuinely funny humor to entertain older audiences."

 

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