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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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Cast

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

This was the first Italian made horror film of the sound era. 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 REDISCOVERED CLASSIC!
24 December 2001 | by drspecterSee all my reviews

This movie is absolutely stunning! It combines Freda's knack for perverse plotting with Bava's excellent, atmospheric cinematography to produce a story about the parasitic sickness of love more than anything else. I've read a few whiny 'goth' teenagers complaining about the film's lack of 'real vampiric moments.' What idiots! An aging scientist keeps the Duchess Du Grand young, although she can't stand his touch. To acquire young women needed for his serum, he keeps a junkie locked up and strung out. Meanwhile, the Duchess is in love with Pierre, a young reporter investigating a series of mysterious murders in which young women are being drained of their blood. Ah, love... The mood of the film perfectly balances neorealism with fantasy to create an expressionist fairy tale. The antagonistic relationship between the reporter and the police investigator and the above-mentioned junkie make this an influence on the giallo as well as the revival of gothic horror in Italy. Ignore DVD (Idiot) Savant and the Ann Rice geeks. The rediscovery of this movie ranks up there with Whale's Old Dark House. It is an absolute classic, and the print is excellent!


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Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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