‘El Conde’: First Look At The Vampiric Dictator In Latest From ‘Spencer’ Director Pablo Larrain

While these days Chilean director Pablo Larraín (who I interviewed years ago) is known for award-winning biopics such as Jackie and Spencer, earlier in his career it was his Pinochet trilogy (Tony Manero, Post Mortem, No) that built his filmmaking cred. After quite a bit of time away, Larraín is returning to his primary focus, dictator Augusto Pinochet, for El Conde, a film that reimagines the despotic ruler as…a vampire?

Netflix has shared the first official look at El Conde, which “revolves around Augusto Pinochet who is not dead but an aged vampire who, after 250 years in this world, has decided to die once and for all, due to ailments brought about by his dishonor and family conflicts.”

That’s just wild and I love it.

Pinochet led a military coup in 1973 that overthrew the democratically-elected government and established authoritarian rule. He ruled with an iron fist until 1990, and died in 2006.

The cast includes Jaime Vadell, Gloria Münchmeyer, Alfredo Castro, and Paula Luchsinger.

Look for El Conde to hit Netflix in 2023.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.