The EOFFTV World of Horror: Portugal
Portugal has had a thriving film industry since at least 1896, when Edwin Rousby presented his Animatógrafo machine at the Real Colyseu da Rua da Palma nº 288, in Lisbon, presenting a programme of films from British film-maker R. W. Paul. While on tour with the machine, Rousby met photographer Manuel Maria da Costa Veiga, who was so inspired that he became the country's first exhibitor. Costa Veiga was also Portugal's first film-maker, his debut film being Aspectos da Praia de Cascais in 1899.
Despite this early start, horror came late to Portuguese cinema and has been largely unpopular since. In 1941, Víctor Manuel made O Louco and it remained the country's only genre film until José Luis Merino's O Cinco Avisos de Satanás in 1970.
Portugal's best known horror film wasn't even a purely home grown production – Amando de Ossorio's La noche del terror ciego / Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971) was a Spanish co-production.
La fille de Dracula
Last Updated: 1 January, 2009
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