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Tale of a Vampire (1992)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Suzanna Hamilton ...
Anne / Virginia
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Edgar
Marian Diamond ...
Denise (as Marion Diamond)
Michael Kenton ...
Magazine Man
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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 ...
Waiter
Adrianne Alexander ...
Prostitute
Mark Motileb ...
Child
Keri Motileb ...
Child
Lisa Motileb ...
Child
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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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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
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Traditional
Performed by Suzanna Hamilton, Julian Sands and Catherine Ashton
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Nevermore...
12 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most morbid and thoroughly depressing vampire stories I have ever seen...and yet, it also contains moments of dark beauty that nearly redeem it.

Alex (Julian Sands) is a lonely, centuries old vampire wandering the streets of London. The only woman he ever loved was lost to him centuries ago...but there's a new woman in his life, a woman named Ann who bears an extraordinary resemblance to Virginia, the young girl Alex once loved. Ann has recently lost a love of her own to a fiery car crash, and lives deep in her own gray depression. After an anonymous letter leads her to a new job in an occult library, Ann begins a slow, hesitant courtship with Alex, whom she finds both attractive and a little spooky. Alex, confused and jaded (and also unable to refrain from imagining himself feeding on Ann) holds her at arms length. But the fears and emotions of Alex and Ann are not the only complications in their relationship. There's another man stalking them both...a man named Edgar, who was once married to Virginia and has been looking for Alex for a very long time.

This movie is, quite obviously, an homage to the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, most of which dealt with the sad, early deaths of beautiful young women, one of which was Poe's own wife and cousin, Virginia. It is a slow, dark, oppressively bleak tale, filled with blood and despair. It is an all-too mortal tale of loves lost and people scarred by the cruelties of life, be it mortal or immortal. This sad tale of pain has no happy ending and reinforces the depressing ideal that what we love most will be taken from us forever, before the love can ever be admitted, known, expressed and shared.

This film is beautifully shot and has great performances. The story is nothing new, but its strange little twists almost make up for that fact. By all means, see it at least once, especially if you're a fan of vampire cinema...just don't watch it when you're already depressed, because it won't do a thing to snap you out of it.


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