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The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)

L'amante del vampiro (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 31 October 1962 (USA)
A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

Director:

Renato Polselli

Writers:

Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hélène Rémy ... Luisa (as Helene Remy)
Tina Gloriani Tina Gloriani ... Francesca
Walter Brandi ... Herman
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli ... Luca
Gino Turini Gino Turini ... Giorgio (as John Turner)
Pier Ugo Gragnani Pier Ugo Gragnani ... Professor (as Ugo Gragnani)
Brigitte Castor Brigitte Castor
Lut Maryk Lut Maryk
Ombretta Ostenda Ombretta Ostenda
Bava Sanni Bava Sanni
Marisa Quattrini Marisa Quattrini
Giorgio Braccesi Giorgio Braccesi
Titti Valeri Titti Valeri
Stefania Sabatini Stefania Sabatini
Franca Licastro Franca Licastro
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A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

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BLOOD-LUSTING FIEND WHO PREYS ON GIRLS! VAMPIRE-QUEEN WHO FEEDS ON LIFEBLOOD OF MEN! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vampire and the Ballerina See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film's story and screenplay were written by director Renato Polselli and screenplay authors Giuseppe Pellegrini and Ernesto Gastaldi. The original screenplay for the film was written by Giampaolo Callegaris. Ernesto Gastaldi described the script as "rather canine", and wrote a new one with director Renato Polselli. Gastaldi felt the script was no different than any others he had worked on, with the only new element being vampires. Gastaldi commented that since Dracula starring Christopher Lee had been such a big hit in Italy, producers and distributors were eager to make their own vampire films. See more »

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Referenced in Dracula Live from Transylvania (1989) See more »

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Campy-cool Gothic antics
27 May 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

Here's an early entry in the Italian horror revival of the 60s, following on the heels of Freda's "I Vampiri". It fits in well with the contemporaneous Gothics "The Playgirls and the Vampire", "Slaughter of the Vampires", etc., but is more superficial and haphazardly constructed. Most horror buffs have dismissed it as a clumsy imitation of its cinematic cousins. As proved by his later, supremely bizarre contributions to the horror genre, Polselli was a hack with no interest in continuity or story structure, but he certainly could sustain a ferociously obsessional, surrealistic atmosphere, and this title can be quite hypnotic despite its poor make-up and effects and relentless lack of narrative drive.

On the other hand, if you're a fan of kitschy early-60s Euro-chic, then by all means check this one out (if you can find it -- it only seems available on hazy grey-market copies that may have been clipped of brief sights of nudity and lasciviousness). The proceedings come to a halt every so often to allow the (supposedly classical) ballet troupe of leggy, leotard-clad bambinas an opportunity to break into sultry, acrobatic jazz ballet (shades of Chicago and Cabaret), to some mind-bending cocktail lounge music. It's as if José Benazeraf checked in one afternoon as guest director on a Bava picture! Definitely a cheeky, retro-chic cross-pollination, along the lines of "The Hands of Orlac" (remake) and "Death on the Four Poster".


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