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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Original take on the vampire legend - much better than expected!
2 March 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Dinner With a Vampire is a made for TV movie and it's directed by Lamberto Bava, so obviously you cant go into it expecting to see a film of the highest quality. While this is certainly not of the highest quality, for me the good ideas and interesting execution more than make up for that! I really can't say that I've seen every vampire film and read every bit of literature on the subject; and while I've seen similar ideas in other films, it really does have to be said that this is an original take on a subject that has been done to death - and you need at least credit the film with that. The film begins with a film crew that unwittingly unearths a one thousand year old vampire. Fast forward some years and the vampire is a successful horror film director who is holding auditions across the world for starring roles in his latest film. Four wannabe actors are chosen for the roles and make their way to his house - where they are informed that he is bored of his immortal life, and told that they have until dawn to kill him...or face a fate worse than death.

The film is really more of a comedy than a horror film, and it has to be said that a lot of the comedy is misplaced - although it does have some amusing moments. The lead role is taken by George Hilton - an actor I'm more used to seeing playing suave leads in Giallo's. He's actually really good here - he's aged a bit since the seventies and really looks the part as the bored vampire. Naturally, the rest of the cast is barely worth a mention, but really this is Hilton's show anyway. Lamberto Bava is not as great a director as his father, but he does know how to build an atmosphere - and the setting here is really great; a lavish castle with a cobweb filled dungeon! It's well used too, which is a good job since the bulk of the film takes place in it. The best thing about Dinner With a Vampire for me is definitely the way it handles the vampire legend; parts of it are kept and other parts are lampooned, and overall Bava succeeds in creates a mythology all of his own. The story boils down to something of a predictable conclusion; although the way that the vampire is killed is really good and it's a lot of fun getting there. The film will not appeal to everyone, and indeed it doesn't exactly have a great reputation; but for me the style and execution more than outweighs the flaws, and I would recommend this film to any horror fan!

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