5.6/10
407
15 user 20 critic

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 »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Five beautiful showgirls are trapped by a storm and find refuge in a creepy old castle. The owner of the castle, a strange nobleman, has a secret laboratory in the basement and has his own plans for the girls.

Director: Piero Regnoli
Stars: Walter Brandi, Lyla Rocco, Maria Giovannini
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

On their wedding night, a newlywed couple find themselves menaced by a bloodthirsty vampirer.

Director: Roberto Mauri
Stars: Walter Brandi, Graziella Granata, Luigi Batzella
Twins of Evil (1971)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.

Director: John Hough
Stars: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary Collinson
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two girls on the run get lost in the French countryside, and wind up in a haunted chateau occupied by an ailing vampire and his servants.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent, Philippe Gasté
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.

Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné
Certificate: Passed Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames
The Brainiac (1962)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears ... See full summary »

Director: Chano Urueta
Stars: Abel Salazar, Ariadne Welter, David Silva
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith
The Raven (1935)
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lester Matthews
Certificate: GP Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A cleaver-wielding bridal designer murders various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma concerning the death of his mother.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town where all the traces end to look for him.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vampire and the Ballerina See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film has been released for home viewing by Amazon Instant Video and on an English-friendly DVD by NoShame in Italy. Scream Factory released the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. on May 22, 2018 with a new high definition transfer of the film sourced from the last surviving film elements. See more »

Connections

Featured in Shiver & Shudder Show (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Well paced vampire madness
10 November 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Before television presenters, members of parliament, glam rockers, Hollywood producers, cigar-toting disc jockeys, Australian artists and weird haired American actors, all a young person had to worry about was attacks by classic monsters. This cautionary tale warns us that if you're looking after a troupe of ballerinas, it's best not to put them up in a village where there's a vampire on the loose.

A young, non-dancer girl from the village is attacked first and brought to the huge mansion all the girls are staying in. Turns out half the village believe there's a vampire loose, whereas the other half think that's a load of crap, including the dance troupe leader's uncle – and it's his house all these scantily clad girls are lounging about. So he sits them all down and tells them the story of a curse – you know, the one you've heard about a million times.

The village girl dies and there's a creepy scene where she wakes up in the coffin shortly before being buried. Later that night the vampire turns up and offers to take her to his castle to start a new life as a bloodsucker, but this is a ruse when he stakes her instead – looks this vamp doesn't want any rivals. But never mind that – these vampire attacks have inspired the dance troupe to do a vampire themed performance, so we get a great Fame-like sudden improvised dance workout!

Of course two of these girls have boyfriends and some of them end up in the vampire's castle getting their necks sucked on and one of the boyfriends gets seduced by a female vampire. It's this kind of thing that gets in the way of one's marriage plans, so the boyfriends have to band together to take on these anaemic goth bastards.

An early Italian horror with a lot of campy atmosphere, fast paced and gorgeous looking. It's not scary but it has a beautiful cheese level. And the vampire looks like a contemporary Mickey Rourke! Some of the 'vampire melting' effects are quite good too.

Due to it being so early, there's not too much gore and no nudity, but that doesn't stop them trying! There's even a slightly implied lesbian relationship between the two main girls (and it seems to be symptom of vampirism in that it makes you bisexual). It's short too, which is good after sitting through so many gialli.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed