Tale of a Vampire (1992)

R  |   |  Horror, Drama, Romance  |  14 July 1993 (Japan)
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Condemned to life without end, and to an undying passion for a lost love he can never find, a vampire stalks a beautiful young woman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Hamilton ...
Anne / Virginia
Marian Diamond ...
Denise (as Marion Diamond)
Michael Kenton ...
Magazine Man
Virginia (5) (as Catherine Blake)
Mark Kempner ...
Morgue Official
Nik Myers ...
Rent Boy / Newscaster's Voice
Ken Pritchard ...
Bum 1
Ian Rollison ...
Bum 2
David King ...
Adrianne Alexander ...
Mark Motileb ...
Keri Motileb ...
Lisa Motileb ...


Condemned to life without end, and to an undying passion for a lost love he can never find, a vampire stalks a beautiful young woman.

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Release Date:

14 July 1993 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A vámpír  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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[first lines]
Edgar: It was many and many a year ago / In a kingdom by the sea / That a maiden there lived whom you may know / By the name of Annabel Lee
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Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
Performed by Suzanna Hamilton, Julian Sands and Catherine Ashton
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Character driven vampire film, not much action
20 May 2001 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Best vampire movie I have seen in a long time.

I have many vampire films and quite enjoy the genre. Unfortunately most vampire (or horror, for that matter) films go for action and gore instead of more subtle approaches. Which is where this film really shines. Slow and Plot-Driven would be the keywords for this film, as there is not much violence and the gore that is included is merely there so we can see the main character for the monster he is, as well is his human side, for the added contrast.

The performances by the actors are on the whole good, the settings are truly excellent and ambient light and sounds are used with great attention and a certain amount of style, and create exactly the right atmosphere at each moment. One such instant would be every time the vampire (Sands) is in a dark scene with another character, nice use of lighting to show his heightened senses. The script is also solid, with good dialogue and character development.

I can understand those who dislike the film, though. It IS slow, and for those who just meant to grab a quick and violent vampire flick, this is not the right movie. On the other hand, if you enjoy the vampire mythos and would like to see a film driven by characters and a good script (as opposed to ultraviolence to a frantic techno beat) then this film is for you.

The lack of huge fangs was also a nice change, this vampire is mostly human, and the eroticism of the vampire legend is not lost in this film, and believably carried by the actors.

Highly recommended (for the right audience)

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