5.8/10
919
45 user 26 critic

The Vampire (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | June 1957 (USA)
A kind, small-town doctor mistakenly ingests pills made from vampire bat blood and they turn him into a dangerous fanged creature.

Director:

Paul Landres

Writers:

Pat Fielder (screenplay), Pat Fielder (story)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Beal ... Dr. Paul Beecher
Coleen Gray ... Carol Butler
Kenneth Tobey ... Sheriff Buck Donnelly
Lydia Reed ... Betsy Beecher
Dabbs Greer ... Dr. Will Beaumont
Herb Vigran ... George Ryan, Police Sergeant
Paul Brinegar ... Willy Warner
Ann Staunton ... Marion Wilkins
James Griffith ... Henry Winston
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins.

Director: Paul Landres
Stars: Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn
4D Man (1959)
Action | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A scientist discovers a formula enabling him to pass through solid surfaces, but he also rapidly ages, which forces him to kill humans in order to reverse the aging process by absorbing his victims' energies.

Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Stars: Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, James Congdon
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Giant mollusk monsters attack California.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Under hypnosis, a young woman turns into a vampire.

Director: Herbert L. Strock
Stars: Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis, Gail Ganley
Reptilicus (1961)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life.

Directors: Poul Bang, Sidney W. Pink
Stars: Bent Mejding, Asbjørn Andersen, Povl Wøldike
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur that threatens London.

Directors: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié
Stars: Gene Evans, André Morell, Leigh Madison
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Sally Fraser, Roger Pace, Duncan 'Dean' Parkin
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens
Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson
Edit

Storyline

Dr. Matthew Campbell has been experimenting on methods to regress the mind to primitive instincts so that we can find methods to improve our brains and not get taken in by cheap horror movie hogwash. He's developed a drug made from vampire bat blood and has begun treating himself with it. But instead of improving his mind, he's become ill and addicted. He dies, but not before trying to warn fellow doctor Paul Beecher. Fortunately for us, he dies before he can say more than that pills are to blame. While still at Campbell's house, Paul finds a bottle of pills and pockets them. He's also got another bottle of pills in his other pocket that he takes for frequent migraine attacks. He goes home, puts his jacket on a rack, and then he's struck with a migraine. He asks his daughter to give him the pills in his jacket pocket, and of course she gives him the pills of evil. He is instantly addicted and he must take one pill every day. Each time he takes a pill he turns into a hairy and very ... Written by Jim Knoppow

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It claws! It drains blood! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Paul Landres apparently liked the character name "Dr. Paul Beecher" so he used it twice - as the main lead in this film and as a small supporting character in his follow up "The Return of Dracula" (1958) starring Francis Lederer. See more »

Goofs

At movie's end, when the detective departs; he doesn't retrieve his revolver. See more »

Quotes

Carol Butler: Paul, why do you want to take your own life?
Dr. Paul Beecher: I have no choice!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Vincent Price's Dracula (1986) See more »

User Reviews

A fun example of 50s drive-in Horror films
19 March 2013 | by Mikel3See all my reviews

I continued my winter horror film viewings today with 'The Vampire'. A more descriptive name for it might have been 'Dr. Jeykll and The Vampire' or 'The Vampire Virus'. I'm kidding of course, yet it does borrow heavily from the Jeykll and Hyde story. Here a kindly small town Dr. accidentally takes an experimental drug. He becomes addicted to it. Each night at about 11PM it causes him to change into a hideous creature with a taste for blood. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's right down my alley. The kind of movie that must have been shown on double features at 50s drive-ins. I can imagine it playing with 'Frankenstein's Daughter' on the marquee. Teenage boys probably loved it cause their girl would want to be hugged tight during the show. These horror films have a special place with me, they bring back childhood memories. I was too young to have seen it at theaters during its first run. It was the sort of movie I'd watch on the late night horror shows in the 60s and early 70s. Yet, I some how missed ever catching this gem. It's the type of late night movie my mom would complain "You're going to have nightmares if you watch that !". Of course I would watch it anyway if I could. The feature monster had silly yet scary makeup that looks like the boogeyman kids imagine in the bedroom closet. Kenneth Tobey gets a chance to once again hunt down the monster like he did in 'The Thing'. He makes a good no nonsense type tough-guy any self respecting monster should hide from on site. My only regret was we didn't wait till after dark to watch it. That would have been more fun than an afternoon viewing. If you are a fan of 50s drive-in horror films, and I sure am, you should love this. I give it a 6 out of 10 rating.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$115,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gramercy Pictures (II) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed