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Blood of the Vampire (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  October 1958 (USA)
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A man and wife are terrorized by Mad Scientist Dr. Callistratus who was executed but has returned to life with a heart transplant. Along with his crippled assistant Carl, the 'anemic' Mad ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Doctor Callistratus
Vincent Ball ...
Dr. John Pierre
Barbara Shelley ...
Madeleine Duval
Victor Maddern ...
Carl
William Devlin ...
Kurt Urach
Andrew Faulds ...
Chief Guard Wetzler
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Judge
Bryan Coleman ...
Monsieur Auron
Cameron Hall ...
Drunken Doctor
George Murcell ...
First Guard
Julian Strange ...
Second Guard
Bruce Wightman ...
Third Guard (as Bruce Whiteman)
Barbara Burke ...
Housekeeper
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Tall Sneak Thief
Hal Osmond ...
Small Sneak Thief
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A man and wife are terrorized by Mad Scientist Dr. Callistratus who was executed but has returned to life with a heart transplant. Along with his crippled assistant Carl, the 'anemic' Mad Scientist, believed to be a vampire, conducts blood deficiency research on the inmates of a prison hospital for the criminally insane to sustain his return to life. Written by Mysty <rharvey@flash.net>

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No woman alive is safe from the most frightening fiend in the history of horror! See more »

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October 1958 (USA)  »

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Der Dämon mit den blutigen Händen  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Magnetic Video's VHS release had excellent full color, released in 1978. In the 1980s it was thought that no good color print of the film had survived, but this release was being overlooked. Kodak Eastman color film was introduced in the 1950s and it was not designed to last more than a few short years, for what they called the normal circulation life of distributed films. As years went by everyone got angry at Kodak when the prints turned reddish. Kodak then in the 1980s improved it to last over 100 years. The original negative films did not fade, but they had to be transferred to positive prints for further releases. See more »

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Bryan Coleman is credited as Brian Coleman in the credits. See more »

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Not to be forgotten
16 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What should make this film a classic is the opening vampire staking scene. The greatest staking scene in movie history, with Kiss Of the Vampire second. I have this film on a 1978 VHS release with excellent color, and I also saw it in the theatre at the time. It's strong effective stuff. As some say, it can also be draggy in the middle. The laboratory scenes of working on blood samples may be dreary. But it has vicious dogs released on escaping prisoners, sneaking and climbing up into the maiden's room, a deformed hunchback, a good climactic scene, and great colorful sets. Good Gothic. The same producers also made The Hellfire Club, Jack the Ripper, and The Flesh and the Fiends (about Burke and Hare). I'd like to know which video releases have faded color and which have good.


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