Brivido giallo: Season 1, Episode 4

Dinner with a Vampire (1987)
"A cena col vampiro" (original title)

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A 1000-year-old vampire from Mesopotamia becomes a famous horror film director; but what he really wants is an end to his existence.



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Episode cast overview:
George Hilton ...
Patrizia Pellegrino ...
Riccardo Rossi ...
Isabel Russinova
Valeria Milillo ...
Daniele Aldrovandi ...
Igor Zalewsky ...
Roberto Pedicini
Letizia Ziaco ...
Stefano Sabelli ...


The story begins when a camera crew unearths a thousand year old vampire from Mesopotamia. Years after his rise from the grave, the vampire becomes a famous horror film director and holds auditions for his up and coming film. Four young hopefuls are chosen and are invited to spend the night at the vampire's house. At dinner the vampire reveals his true nature to his guests and the real reason why they are there, to kill him before dawn, as he has grown bored with his existence. Written by Traci Martin <>

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1987 (Italy)  »

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The vampire explains at the dinner table that he doesn't cast a reflection in anything (mirrors, windows etc). But when he is scratching with his nails on the door where the kids are hiding we can clearly see all of him reflected in a big mirror on the wall. Actually, his reflection in the mirror is where that shot begins. See more »


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If only every other aspect matched the film's visual brilliance
25 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vampires have been the subject of many films recently. This however is bittersweet for fans of this iconic monster. Sure, the 'Twilight' series has been very successful, but many were not thrilled by it's portrayal of the undead. Some modern vampire films, like the original 'Fright Night,' have been more successful at bringing the concept up to date while respecting what came before. Most of these films have come from the States and the UK, but other countries have gotten into it in recent decades. Known mainly for his 'Demons' films, Lamberto Bava directed a series of four TV movies in the late 80s. Each is very different, but one thing they have in common is how visually breathtaking their are. However, I must say this is one of his lesser efforts.

Pros: Some good performances. Beautiful castle, inside and out. Decent pace. Some atmospheric moments. Great production design, especially in the crypt. Quite good make-up effects. Some neat ideas.

Cons: A couple flat performances. Not much of a plot to hold this together. Mostly lame attempts at humor. Score doesn't suit the film well. Very dated. A weak ending.

Final thoughts: Having really enjoyed Bava's 'The Ogre' and seen the trailer for this, I was looking forward to it. Alas, it's almost as disappointing as his 'Graveyard Disturbance.' All is not lost though because despite it's faults, 'Dinner with a Vampire' is a fairly entertaining 90 minutes. Worth seeing for all the visual treats and out there moments alone.

My rating: 2.5/5

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