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The Vampire (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | June 1957 (USA)
A small town doctor mistakenly ingests an experimental drug made from the blood of vampire bats which transforms the kindly medic into a bloodthirsty monster.

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Dr. Paul Beecher
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Sheriff Buck Donnelly
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Betsy Beecher
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Dr. Will Beaumont
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George Ryan, Police Sergeant
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Willy Warner
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Marion Wilkins
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Henry Winston
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Dr. Matthew Campbell has been experimenting on methods to regress the mind to primitive instincts so that we can find methods to improve our brains and not get taken in by cheap horror movie hogwash. He's developed a drug made from vampire bat blood and has begun treating himself with it. But instead of improving his mind, he's become ill and addicted. He dies, but not before trying to warn fellow doctor Paul Beecher. Fortunately for us, he dies before he can say more than that pills are to blame. While still at Campbell's house, Paul finds a bottle of pills and pockets them. He's also got another bottle of pills in his other pocket that he takes for frequent migraine attacks. He goes home, puts his jacket on a rack, and then he's struck with a migraine. He asks his daughter to give him the pills in his jacket pocket, and of course she gives him the pills of evil. He is instantly addicted and he must take one pill every day. Each time he takes a pill he turns into a hairy and very ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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A New Kind of Killer to Stalk the Screen! See more »


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June 1957 (USA)  »

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It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn  »

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$115,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Director Paul Landres apparently liked the character name "Dr. Paul Beecher" so he used it twice - as the main lead in this film and as a small supporting character in his follow up "The Return of Dracula" (1958) starring Francis Lederer. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Beecher is in Campbell's lab with the other two scientists, he says all the animals except the vampire bats have died. Yet on the soundtrack are the calls of guinea pigs. This occurs a number of times in later scenes. See more »

Quotes

Carol Butler: Paul, why do you want to take your own life?
Dr. Paul Beecher: I have no choice!
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Featured in Svengoolie: The Vampire (1995) See more »

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Interesting Twist to the Vampire Story...
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This obscure 1957 horror movie has been overlooked as far as I am concerned. It has an interesting twist to the "man turns into bloodsucking monster" premise. John Beal plays a kindly small town doctor who turns into a vampire after accidentally ingesting pills that a deceased scientist had invented and had been experimenting on with vampire bats (the winged variety!) before he died. 1950's horror stalwart Kenneth Tobey portrays the granite-jawed town detective who is investigating a sudden rash of mysterious deaths in the town. Colleen Gray is the requisite pretty love interest/possible victim. Although the vampire make up is pretty hilarious and not at all scary, there are some scary moments in the movie and all in all shouldn't be missed, especially if you are a lover of the old "drive-in" horror movies of the 1950's.


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