Luis Enrique Vergara

Luis Enrique Vergara made low-budget horror and monster movies from 1950 to 1971. In attempt to please all film goers, he combined monsters and horror with action, sex, science fiction, and comedy. To save money, he often wrote the screenplay as well as producing the films from his Filmica Vergara Cinecomisiones, a film production company he founded in 1952.

Luis Enrique Vergara
Born
Luis Enrique Vergara Cabrera

(1922-05-13)May 13, 1922
Mexico City, Mexico
Died2 February 1970(1970-02-02) (aged 47)
Resting placeMexico City
Spouse(s)Leonor Aguado
Children1

During the two decades that Vergara wrote and produced films he worked with actors and actresses including Susana Dosamantes, Macaria, Altia Michel, Isela Vega, John Carradine, and Boris Karloff. He produced the last four films in which Boris Karloff appeared: The Snake People, The Incredible Invasion, Fear Chamber, and House of Evil. Bill Warren, the science-fiction historian, was on the set during the filming; he reported that Vergara forced the director of the American sequences Jack Hill to tie down with a rope “an early portable video camera to the top of the 35mm Mitchell he was using as his principal camera”, a relatively early example of the "video assist" which is now standard practice in commercial film production. Due to his unexpected death, the release of the Karloff films was held up due to ownership rights of inheritance under Mexican law.

As a Screenwriter

1953
  • El jugador credited as Luis Enrique Vergara Cabrera
1959
  • El Anima del Ahorcado contra el Latigo Negro 3rd film in a series of 3; Luis Enrique Vergara credited with the story[1]
1967
  • El imperio de Drácula credited as L.E. Vergara C.
1968
  • La sombra del murciélago credited as L.E. Vergara C.
  • House of Evil
  • Fear Chamber
  • Arañas infernales original idea; credited as L.E. Vergara
1971

Films Produced

1949
  • Tierra muerta
1952
  • Traigo mi 45 credited as Luis Enrique Vergara Cabrera
1953
  • El jugador credited as Luis Enrique Cabrera
1958
  • El misterio del látigo
  • El Latigo Negro credited as Luis Enrique Cabrera, production company: Películas Rodríguez, series of 3 movies
  • El Látigo
1959
  • El ánima del ahorcado contra el latigo
1965
  • El hacha diabólica as Luis Enrique Vergara C.
  • Demonio azul
1962
1966
  • Profanadores de tumbas
  • Blue Demon vs. el poder satánico as Luis Enrique Vergara Cabrera
1967
  • El imperio de Drácula as Luis Enrique Vergara C.
  • El barón Brakola as Luis Enrique Vergara C.
  • Demonios sobre ruedas
1968
1969
  • Super Colt 38
  • Paula
  • Pacto diabólico
  • Mil máscaras
  • Las vampiras as Luis Enrique Vergara C.
  • La señora Muerte as Luis Enrique Vergara C.
  • Enigma de muerte as Luis Enrique Vergara C.
1970
  • Matrimonio y Sexo
1971

References

  1. Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns, by Paul Green, forward by Mike Hoffman, 2009, McFarland & Company, Inc, Publishers, North Carolina, p.22 El Latigo Negro fights the spirit of a man hanged for a crime he may have not committed.
  2. Michael R. Pitts, Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2nd. ed. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2013, p. 16. Nick Adams, Carlos East, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr., Two bandits with distrust for one another vie for control of a small border town.
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