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Blood of the Vampire (1958)

A man and wife are terrorized by Mad Scientist Dr. Callistratus who was executed but has returned to life with a heart transplant. Along with his crippled assistant Carl, the 'anemic' Mad ... See full summary »

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Henry Cass

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (story), Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Wolfit ... Callistratus
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... John Pierre
Barbara Shelley ... Madeleine
Victor Maddern ... Carl
William Devlin William Devlin ... Kurt
Andrew Faulds ... Wetzler
John Le Mesurier ... Judge
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Auron (as Bryan Coleman/Brian Coleman)
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Drunken Doctor
George Murcell ... First Guard
Julian Strange Julian Strange ... Second Guard
Bruce Wightman ... Third Guard (as Bruce Whiteman)
Barbara Burke Barbara Burke ... Housekeeper
Bernard Bresslaw ... Tall Sneak Thief
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Small Sneak Thief
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Storyline

A man and wife are terrorized by Mad Scientist Dr. Callistratus who was executed but has returned to life with a heart transplant. Along with his crippled assistant Carl, the 'anemic' Mad Scientist, believed to be a vampire, conducts blood deficiency research on the inmates of a prison hospital for the criminally insane to sustain his return to life. Written by Mysty <rharvey@flash.net>

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He begins where Dracula left off! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon mit den blutigen Händen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Artistes Alliance Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (photographed in) (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to a contemporary newspaper advertisement, the Moonlite Drive-In in Smithtown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, 3 August 1960 ran a dawn-to-dusk triple feature with Blood of the Vampire (1958) as the first movie, The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) second, and The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956) third. As a promotion, attendees whose tickets ended in 13 or 31 were treated to 'Dracula's Buffet Luncheon,' which consisted of 'Dracula's Cocktail, Deviled Zombie Skulls, Crispy Skull Chips, Devil Fruit, Voodoo Spirits' and a 'Werewolf Tall Sandwich'. See more »

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Bryan Coleman is credited as Brian Coleman in the closing credits. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Transylvania 1874

The most loathsome scourge ever to afflict this earth was that of the Vampire.

Nourishing itself on warm living blood, the only known method of ending a vampire's reign of terror was to drive a wooden stake through his heart. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is additional footage of Karl tormenting some chained female victims and also more of his death and some bloody lab shots in a version released on VHS in France in the 80s. See more »

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Illogical and mistitled, but sheer fun...the one gem out of a thousand bad mad-scientist offerings
31 October 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A lunatic doctor in 1874 Transylvania, thought to be a vampire and killed with a wooden stake through his heart, is given a new ticker and resurrected from the dead; after changing his identity, he is put in charge of a remote prison for the criminally insane, but finds he needs medical help after his antagonistic blood cells are at odds with each other. Enter Vincent Ball (who amusingly resembles Edward Norton!) as a young doctor railroaded into prison via tampered evidence, and Barbara Shelley as Ball's sweetheart who believes her fiancé is innocent. Amazing, unusual screenplay from the talented Jimmy Sangster and solid performances bolster this horror-movie-which-really-isn't. A prologue complete with vampire-hunters and bright red blood prepares us for the standard bloodsucker set-up, yet Sangster is more interested in the wronged victim than the so-called vampire, and the action inside the heavily-guarded jail is surprisingly suspenseful. Some of the violence is a bit timid or rushed through, such as when a sadistic guard lands on his own bayonet blade (either director Henry Cass or his editor skitter passed the gruesome incidents), and there are a few plot-holes which the writer leaves gaping. Otherwise, an efficient and enjoyable British-made thriller filmed in muted, gloomy Eastmancolor; not the 'shocker' advertised, but actually so much more. *** from ****


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