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The Vampire (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | June 1957 (USA)
A kind, small-town doctor mistakenly injests 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)
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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 Ann Staunton ... Marion Wilkins
James Griffith ... Henry Winston
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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

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Taglines:

It claws! It drains blood! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gramercy Pictures (II) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

When the boy enters the doctor's house in the first scene, the doorknob changes. The exterior clearly doesn't match the interior. See more »

Quotes

Carol Butler: Paul, why do you want to take your own life?
Dr. Paul Beecher: I have no choice!
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Surprisingly Good Horror, Science Tale
8 October 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A small town doctor (John Beal) mistakenly ingests an experimental drug made from the blood of vampire bats which transforms the kindly medic into a bloodthirsty monster.

I really enjoyed this movie a lot. Great plot, great acting and a very interesting looking monster. There is some odd sexism present (the doctor apparently cannot do his own laundry or cook so he has his 10-year old daughter do it for him). But, hey, it is the 1950s.

Not much to say beyond that. I was a bit confused on whether the pills brought on the monster or kept it in check. It seems like pills or no pills the monster was going to kill someone, but maybe I was just confused.


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