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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.


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Allan Grey
Der Schlossherr (The Lord of the Manor)
Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor)
Die alte Frau von Friedhof (The Old Woman from the Cemetery) (as Henriette Gérard)
Albert Bras ...
Der alte Diener (The Old Servant)
N. Babanini ...
Seine Frau (His Wife)
Jane Mora ...
Die Krankenschwester (The Nurse)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Limping Man

Directed by

Carl Theodor Dreyer ... (as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Written by

Sheridan Le Fanu ... (based on a book by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu)
Christen Jul ... (screenplay) and
Carl Theodor Dreyer ... (screenplay) (as Carl Th. Dreyer)

Produced by

Carl Theodor Dreyer ... producer (uncredited)
Julian West ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Wolfgang Zeller

Cinematography by

Rudolph Maté
Louis Née ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Tonka Taldy ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Hermann Warm

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Preben Birck ... assistant director (uncredited)
Ralph Christian Holm ... assistant director (uncredited)
Eliane Tayar ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

César Silvagni ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Hans Bittmann ... sound recordist (as Dr. Hans Bittman)
Paul Falkenberg ... sound editor

Special Effects by

Henri Armand ... special effects (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Paul Falkenberg ... dialogue director
Jorgen S. Jorgensen ... presenter (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Allan Gray arrives late in the evening to a secluded riverside inn in the hamlet of Courtempierre. An old man enters his room, puts a sealed parcel on the table, blurts out that some woman mustn't die, and disappears. Gray senses in this a call for help. He puts the parcel in his pocket, and goes out. Eerie shadows lead him into an old house, where he encounters a weird village doctor. The doctor receives a bottle of poison from a strange, old woman. Through the window of an old castle Gray recognizes the old man from the inn. A shadow shoots the man, who drops dead. Inside the house Gray finds his two daughters, Gisèle and Léone, and some servants. He opens the parcel, and finds an old book about vampires. Léone is seriously ill after being bitten by a vampire. Instead of helping her, the village doctor places the bottle of poison at her bedside table, and then abducts her sister Gisèle. An old servant starts reading the old book, and finds out that the vampire in Courtempierre is a dead woman called Marguerite Chopin. He goes to the cemetery, opens her grave and strikes a thick iron stick through her body. The curse is broken, Léone recovers, Gray liberates Giséle. Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Also Known As
  • Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (Germany)
  • Vampyr, ou l'étrange aventure de David Gray (France)
  • The Vampire (United States)
  • Castle of Doom (United States)
  • Not Against the Flesh (United States)
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  • 75 min
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Trivia For much of the cast, this was their only film appearance since they were not professional actors. Henriette Gérard who played the vampire was a French widow, Jan Hieronimko who played the village doctor was a Polish journalist, Rena Mandel who played Gisèle was an artist's model. Even Julian West (real name: Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg) who played Allan Grey, was French-born member of Russian nobility who agreed to finance the film in exchange for the leading part. (He later emigrated to America where he became a powerful fashion journalist and mentor to designers like Calvin Klein.) See more »
Goofs At exactly 16 minutes (in the Criterion DVD) as the camera pans right, there is a reflection in a glass window of the camera operator cranking the camera. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1943). See more »
Quotes Gisèle: Why does the doctor always come at night?
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