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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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A company of beautiful young dancers stranded in a lonely mountain village...as the horror legend two thousand years old comes alive! 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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A refreshingly surreal departure from typical vampire fare
27 June 2008 | by curtis_in_slcSee all my reviews

Despite its obvious shortcomings...this early 60's Italian horror film is compelling for reasons other than ranking high on the fright index. The Vampire and The Ballerina is frankly anything but horrifying for the most part. Although, the expressionistic black and white photography lends the film a surreal and hypnotic quality that can't be dismissed. This is NOT your classical vampire flick. Thank God. Having endured the relentless tedium of countless Hammer vampire horror films, I can be grateful for that fact alone. No, the performances are not stellar but given the cheesecake Euro-babe thrust of the movie, they didn't have to be. The convoluted storyline is something David Lynch would appreciate. And so is the fixation on visual imagery such as the storm winds whipping those mysterious trees repeatedly whenever there is a hint of menace. The effective contrasts of shadow and light throughout the film does create a certain surreal moodiness that renders the need to frighten meaningless. It was simply enough for this viewer to be swept away by a tide of tight black leotards and fishnet stockings. A fetishistic confession? Perhaps...although what red-blooded vampire could possibly resist the urge to pray on a troupe of jazz-dancing nymphets posing as ballerinas?


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