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Grave of the Vampire (1972)

Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast.

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Cast

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Caleb Croft
Lyn Peters ...
Anne Arthur
Diane Holden ...
Anita Jacoby
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Olga
Eric Mason ...
Lieutenant Panzer
Jay Adler ...
Old Zack
Jay Scott ...
Paul
William Guhl ...
Sergeant Duffy
Margaret Fairchild ...
Miss Fenwick
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Sam
Frank Whiteman
Abbi Henderson ...
Carol Moskowitz
Inga Neilsen
Lindis Guinness ...
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Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast.

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Father and son--related by BLOOD! ANYONE'S BLOOD!

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21 February 1975 (West Germany)  »

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Seed of Terror  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Top-billed William Smith only appears after 35 minutes of screening. See more »

Quotes

Carol Moskowitz: Wow, Professor, you make a groovy medium!
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At the end of the film, "Fin--ou peut etre pas," appears on the screen. It's French for "The End -- Or Maybe Not." See more »

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"Wow, Professor, you make a groovy medium!"
31 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 1930's, notorious rapist and murder Caleb Croft (Michael Pataki) assaults a woman, resulting in her giving birth to a baby named James. 30 years later, James (William Smith) wants to avenge his mother. Oh, and Caleb is also a vampire.

"Grave of the Vampire" is James ("Dream No Evil", "Garden of the Dead") Bryan's best movie. A low budget affair (well of course), "Grave" is a mostly Grim affair, with an interesting spin on the vampire mythos. Here, we see Vampirism as a curse, which is nothing new, yet except for "Blade", this is the only movies I've seen take advantage of the idea of a child with a human mother and Vampire mother. Also, this is Pre-Anne Rice, so no boring angst. While the dialog isn't Oscar caliber, lines like "Wow, Professor, you make a groovy medium!" should bring a smile to your face.

That's not to say that there aren't any flaws. For one thing, the acting is for the large part pretty wooden and uninteresting, with only Pataki making any real impression. Also, the ending is a rather lame "The End...Or Is It?" style conclusion, which makes you glad there was no "Grave of the Vampire 2."

Still, it's an enjoyable, original little Drive In/Grindhouse horror movie that, while flawed, is worth a look nonetheless.


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