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Lust of the Vampire (1957)
"I vampiri" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  1963 (USA)
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A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Giselle du Grand
Carlo D'Angelo ...
L'ispettore Chantal (as Carlo d'Angelo)
Dario Michaelis ...
Pierre Lantin
Wandisa Guida ...
Laurette Robert
Angelo Galassi ...
Ronald Fontaine (as Angiolo Galassi)
Renato Tontini ...
L'assistente del professore Grand
Charles Fawcett ...
Signor Robert
Gisella Mancinotti ...
Amica di Laurette
Miranda Campa ...
Signora Robert
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Professor Julien du Grand (as Antoine Balpetré de la Comédie Française)
Paul Muller ...
Joseph Signoret
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Storyline

In Paris, France, a crazed duchess, obsessed with retaining her youth, has her scientist lover kill various women and draining their blood for her use while a smug journalist seeks out leads for the so-called 'vampire murders' and links a local drug addict to the case whom is connected to the mad scientist. Written by Matt Patay

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Beautiful Parisian girls were his victims!

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Horror

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1963 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #23894, dated April 3rd 1957. See more »

Crazy Credits

English dubbed version 'The Devil's Commandment' is credited to director Riccardo Freda's pseudonym Robert Hampton. See more »

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A REDISCOVERED CLASSIC!
24 December 2001 | by (Louisville, Ky) – See all my reviews

This movie is absolutely stunning! It combines Freda's knack for perverse plotting with Bava's excellent, atmospheric cinematography to produce a story about the parasitic sickness of love more than anything else. I've read a few whiny 'goth' teenagers complaining about the film's lack of 'real vampiric moments.' What idiots! An aging scientist keeps the Duchess Du Grand young, although she can't stand his touch. To acquire young women needed for his serum, he keeps a junkie locked up and strung out. Meanwhile, the Duchess is in love with Pierre, a young reporter investigating a series of mysterious murders in which young women are being drained of their blood. Ah, love... The mood of the film perfectly balances neorealism with fantasy to create an expressionist fairy tale. The antagonistic relationship between the reporter and the police investigator and the above-mentioned junkie make this an influence on the giallo as well as the revival of gothic horror in Italy. Ignore DVD (Idiot) Savant and the Ann Rice geeks. The rediscovery of this movie ranks up there with Whale's Old Dark House. It is an absolute classic, and the print is excellent!


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