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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
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 claws! It drains blood! 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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1.85 : 1
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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 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

Dr. Paul Beecher: Oh, Will, you told me yourself these pills were from vampire bats.
Dr. Will Beaumont: Exactly, Paul, but that doesn't make you another Dracula.
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Connections

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A Fine Performance Elevates a Low-Budget Picture
4 December 2002 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

John Beal seems genuinely agonized in the title role. He is a well liked small-town doctor, who has got hold accidentally of pills that -- don't ask! -- turn him into a vampire.

This is crisply filmed and Beal shows the pain of a decent man who knows something is wrong and suspects something is very wrong with himself.

I wonder if this was strictly a drive-in movie or if anyone at the time recognized its merits.


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