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Curse of the Blood Ghouls -- Hidden in the bowels of a wine cellar, a vampire spreads a rat-like black death throughout a castle and into the minds of the women living there who accept his fanged attacks with rapture. One of the most stylish Italian Gothic horror films, this moody and terrifying story of undead lust will have you clutching your neck long after the final scream!

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19 May 1964 (West Germany) See more »
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On their wedding night, a newlywed couple find themselves menaced by a bloodthirsty vampirer. | Full synopsis »
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Slaughter Of The Vampires (DVD Review)
 (From Fangoria. 1 February 2009, 10:30 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Walter Brandi ... Wolfgang
Graziella Granata ... Louise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luigi Batzella ... Dr. Nietzsche (as Paolo Solvay)
Dieter Eppler ... Vampire
Edda Ferronao
Carla Foscari
Gena Gimmy
Maretta Procaccini
Alfredo Rizzo

Directed by
Roberto Mauri 
 
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Roberto Mauri 

Produced by
Dino Sant'Ambrogio .... producer
 
Original Music by
Aldo Piga 
 
Cinematography by
Ugo Brunelli 
 
Film Editing by
Jenner Menghi 
 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Ranieri 
 
Makeup Department
Carlo Grillo .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Longo .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound recordist
Nino Renda .... sound recordist
 

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"La strage dei vampiri" - Italy (original title)
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USA:72 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not bad, just not at all original., 31 July 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Although this movie sports the cool word "slaughter" in its title, this movie is very much the old Dracula story all over again (with only a minor twist at the end). While there are a few differences (such as the vampire looking pretty weird--a bit like a blond Liberace with raccoon eyes) as well as more cleavage than usual, the essence of the film is the same old same old--though the names have been changed. Although there is no one named Van Helsing or Nina Harker, the characters are still there but with different names. The biggest difference is that the entire first portion of the book and original movies is absent--and it begins later in the story. The only serious negatives are the silly music (which might have sounded better in a sci-fi flick) and the silly look of the vampire. Because the story is so similar and there isn't any new innovation to make it memorable, this is a story horror fans don't need to rush out to see, as the Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee versions cover the same territory but do it much better.

By the way, there were some complaints about the dubbing, though for a 1960s import, the quality isn't bad (except for the little girl--which sounds like an adult trying to sound like a girl). The voices seem appropriate and it wasn't a noticeable problem. Still, like many viewers, I would have preferred this to have been subtitled instead of dubbed into English.

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