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The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)

L'amante del vampiro (original title)
A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

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Luisa
Tina Gloriani ...
Francesca
Walter Brandi ...
Herman
Isarco Ravaioli ...
Luca
Gino Turini ...
Giorgio (as John Turner)
Pier Ugo Gragnani ...
Professor (as Ugo Gragnani)
Brigitte Castor
Lut Maryk
Ombretta Ostenda
Bava Sanni
Marisa Quattrini
Giorgio Braccesi
Titti Valeri
Stefania Sabatini
Franca Licastro
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A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

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BLOOD-LUSTING FIEND WHO PREYS ON GIRLS! VAMPIRE-QUEEN WHO FEEDS ON LIFEBLOOD OF MEN! See more »

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31 October 1962 (USA)  »

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A refreshingly surreal departure from typical vampire fare
27 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite its obvious shortcomings...this early 60's Italian horror film is compelling for reasons other than ranking high on the fright index. The Vampire and The Ballerina is frankly anything but horrifying for the most part. Although, the expressionistic black and white photography lends the film a surreal and hypnotic quality that can't be dismissed. This is NOT your classical vampire flick. Thank God. Having endured the relentless tedium of countless Hammer vampire horror films, I can be grateful for that fact alone. No, the performances are not stellar but given the cheesecake Euro-babe thrust of the movie, they didn't have to be. The convoluted storyline is something David Lynch would appreciate. And so is the fixation on visual imagery such as the storm winds whipping those mysterious trees repeatedly whenever there is a hint of menace. The effective contrasts of shadow and light throughout the film does create a certain surreal moodiness that renders the need to frighten meaningless. It was simply enough for this viewer to be swept away by a tide of tight black leotards and fishnet stockings. A fetishistic confession? Perhaps...although what red-blooded vampire could possibly resist the urge to pray on a troupe of jazz-dancing nymphets posing as ballerinas?


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