5.9/10
424
17 user 24 critic

Crypt of the Vampire (1964)

La cripta e l'incubo (original title)
Count Karnstein sends for a doctor to help his sick daughter Laura. Her nurse believes she is possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor;Carmilla. A young woman becomes intrigued by the ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Thomas Miller)

Writers:

(story and screenplay) (as Robert Bohr), (story and screenplay) (as Julian Berry)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Count Drago (Christopher Lee) invites over entertainers to his castle, but what the people don't know is that Drago mummifies animals and humans!

Directors: Warren Kiefer, Luciano Ricci, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Christopher Lee, Gaia Germani, Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director: Roger Vadim
Stars: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A mad scientist and his bevy of vampires terrorize a German village. A detective and a witch set out to stop them.

Director: Ákos Ráthonyi
Stars: Adrian Hoven, Erika Remberg, Carl Möhner
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Anne Carson, meeting the seamy side of prison life, finds that everyone thinks she knows where un-recovered bank loot is.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Richard Denning, Joan Taylor, Adele Jergens
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith
Horror Castle (1963)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Women are being tortured to death with various torture devices in the dungeon of an old castle by a deformed, hooded, holocaust survivor.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Rossana Podestà, Georges Rivière, Christopher Lee
The Mummy (1959)
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux
Psych-Out (1968)
Drama | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother.

Director: Richard Rush
Stars: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at count Dracula's castle. Needless to say, he is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Daliah Lavi, Christopher Lee, Tony Kendall
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Young mother of two Eva is send on holiday to France by her husband to relief her stress. There she meets lesbian Liliane who lives in a commune.

Director: Nouchka van Brakel
Stars: Monique van de Ven, Maria Schneider, Marijke Merckens
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Adriana Ambesi ...
Laura Karnstein (as Audry Amber)
Ursula Davis ...
Ljuba
José Campos ...
Friedrich Klauss
Véra Valmont ...
Annette (as Vera Valmont)
A. Midlin ...
Hunchback (as Angel Midlin)
Carla Calò ...
Ljuba's Mother (as Cicely Clayton)
Nela Conjiu ...
Rowena
José Villasante ...
Cedric the Butler
José Cortés ...
Man (as Bill Curtis)
James Brightman ...
Man
Edit

Storyline

Count Karnstein sends for a doctor to help his sick daughter Laura. Her nurse believes she is possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor;Carmilla. A young woman becomes intrigued by the mysterious deaths surrounding Laura after a carriage accident outside the castle forces her to stay. They become close friends until Laura becomes convinced the spirit of Carmilla is forcing her to kill. Written by Randy Van Ort <rvanort@mailhost.primenet.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

27 May 1964 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Crypt of the Vampire  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Lyuba: It's so beautiful here. Perhaps nature has purposely set the stage and is waiting for the actors to enter. But who knows if the play is farce ... or tragedy. This is a spot where one could come for pleasure ... or for death.
See more »

Connections

Featured in TJ and the All Night Theatre: Terror in the Crypt (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gothic Lesbians and finger-pointing corpses; oh my!
31 March 2010 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

One thing I could immediately appreciate about "Crypt of the Vampire" were the masterfully atmospheric opening sequences of a young girl, wandering around the woods by herself at night, and approaching an eerie and seemingly abandoned carriage. She spots something, dies instantly and we the viewers only witness the door of the coach slowly closing again. This was a wondrous mood-setter for an obscure and late 60's European horror gem with the inexhaustible Christopher Lee and directed by a random Italian dude who wanted to be as successful as Mario Bava ("Black Sunday") or Antonio Margheriti ("The Virgin of Nuremberg"). The heavenly beautiful Laura Karnstein, daughter of the honorable Count Ludwig played by Lee, witnesses the aforementioned opening sequence in a dream. Since she suffers from this kind of nightmares quite regularly, her concerned father seeks the help of the acclaimed Friedrich Klauss, who professionally restores manuscripts. Hopefully he can find a link between Laura and a notorious ancestor of the Karnsteins; a countess who reputedly kidnapped and killed young girls for the purpose of witchcraft. Is Laura really the reincarnation of her wicked ancestor, like the family curse states, or is the Count's young mistress Annette simply trying to drive the righteous heiress towards insanity? "Crypt of the Vampire" nearly isn't on par with some other contemporary European Gothic horror movies, but it's nevertheless a compelling and definitely worthwhile film. The script is full of obvious and slightly less obvious twists and occasionally even dares to touch certain taboo subjects, like subtle hints towards lesbianism. The Karnstein Castle is always shown from the same perspective, from beneath a hillside, but the interior filming locations are nice and gloomy. All the obligatory goth-horror elements are well represented, including thunderstorms, spontaneously dying candles, secret passageways, hidden vaults, etc. There are also a handful of uniquely grisly and genuinely horrific images in the film like the sight of a hunchback hanging dead from a chiming church bell, a corpse emerging from a coffin and pointing out who murdered her and voodoo practicing housemaids. Christopher Lee doesn't exactly give away his greatest performance ever, but even as a mediocre player he's still worth admiring. Luckily, in this case he also receives excellent support from the ravishing female cast members Adriana Ambesi and Véra Valmont.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?