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Lust of the Vampire (1957)

I vampiri (original title)
| Horror | 1963 (USA)
A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

Directors:

Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava (uncredited)

Writers:

Piero Regnoli (story), Mario Bava (story) (as Rijk Sijöstrom) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Gianna Maria Canale ... Giselle du Grand / Margherita du Grand
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... L'ispettore Chantal (as Carlo d'Angelo)
Dario Michaelis Dario Michaelis ... Pierre Lantin
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Laurette Robert
Angelo Galassi Angelo Galassi ... Ronald Fontaine (as Angiolo Galassi)
Renato Tontini Renato Tontini ... L'assistente del professore Grand
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Signor Robert
Gisella Mancinotti Gisella Mancinotti ... Amica di Laurette
Miranda Campa Miranda Campa ... Signora Robert
Antoine Balpêtré ... Professor Julien du Grand (as Antoine Balpetré de la Comédie Française)
Paul Muller ... Joseph Signoret
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When four young women are found in Paris with the blood completely drained, the ambitious and snoopy journalist Pierre Lantin decides to investigate the cases of the killer known as The Vampire. Inspector Chantal does not approve Lantin's behavior. Soon Pierre suspects that family Du Grand, who lives in an ancient castle, may be involved with the murders but Inspector Chantal does not give support to his investigations. Meanwhile Pierre avoids the harassment of Giselle du Grand, who is the niece of the wealthy matriarch of the family Margherita du Grand. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Beautiful Parisian girls were his victims!

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Trivia

Film debut of Al Lewis, who would be best known for playing the vampire Grampa, on The Munsters See more »

Crazy Credits

English dubbed version 'The Devil's Commandment' is credited to director Riccardo Freda's pseudonym Robert Hampton. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original Italian version is 85-minute long. US distributor re-edited the film, inserting new footage starring Al Lewis and Ronny & Joy Holliday, shortened it to 70 minutes and released it as "Devil's Commandment". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2002) See more »

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a Gothic sunset boulevard
2 October 2011 | by revrommerSee all my reviews

This one mainly works because of the amazing set direction and Gothic spaces. As it gets going it feels like a typical 1940s style murder mystery, with young women having gone missing, but hardly a horror movie at all. But when another girl disappears the search leads to an empty apartment building and then to the castle of a certain Countess du Grand, who happens to be enamored of the lead detective on the case. Though the castle appears to be of evil repute, the countess attracts guests to a ball, and the affections of another reporter. She is a mysterious figure, living in adulation of a portrait of the reporter's father, playing antique record players. The castle sets are stunning productions, drawing one into the horror that sustains her beauty (a storyline explored further in Eyes Without A Face, The Awful Dr Orloff, The Faceless Monster, Mill of the Stone Woman and Countess Dracula) . The movie literally gets gobbled up by the Gothic atmosphere of the castle, with its incredible gargoyles, elaborately Gothic crypt, secret passages, baroque cobwebs, pillars marked with demonic images, and a Sleeping Beauty tangle of vines on the grounds. The reliance on scenery alone to communicate a descent into a sadistic unconscious reminds one of Cocteaus Beauty and the Beast though the strategy was tried too in 40s Hollywood. When at last the mystery is discovered, here too the special effects are quite well done. Mario Bava was involved in the photography, just testing his fogbound vision of Gothic mystery, and it shows. After starting out all cops and robbers, this one ends up with a completely satisfying expression of pure demented horror.


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