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The Vampire (1957)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  June 1957 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
John Beal ...
Dr. Paul Beecher
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Sheriff Buck Donnelly
Lydia Reed ...
Betsy Beecher
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Dr. Will Beaumont
Herb Vigran ...
George Ryan, Police Sergeant
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Willy Warner
Ann Staunton ...
Marion Wilkins
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Henry Winston
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Storyline

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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It Feeds on the Blood of Beautiful Women! See more »


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June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn  »

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$115,000 (estimated)
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Goofs

When the boy enters the doctor's house in the first scene, the doorknob changes. The exterior clearly doesn't match the interior. See more »

Quotes

Willy Warner: Buck, you can't go around diggin' up people's graves. To get a court order you got to have some good reason.
Sheriff Buck Donnelly: I got plenty of reasons, Willy. Three deaths in three days.
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Not your typical vampire.
24 February 2001 | by (Downers Grove,Il) – See all my reviews

The Vampire is an entertaining thriller with a strong cast. It stars John Beal as Dr. Beecher and Kenneth Tobey as Sheriff Donnelly,who investigate a series of mysterious deaths involving their acquaintances beginning with a scientist who was researching "primitive instincts".A much better movie than I thought it would be.


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