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Uncle Was a Vampire (1959)

Tempi duri per i vampiri (original title)
Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle; when it's converted into a hotel, he stays on as a bellboy. His mysterious uncle arrives, and turns out to be a vampire. ... See full summary »




Edoardo Anton (story), Mario Cecchi Gori (story) | 7 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Renato Rascel ... Il conte Osvaldo Lambertenghi
Sylva Koscina ... Carla
Lia Zoppelli Lia Zoppelli ... Letizia
Kai Fischer ... Kay - la rossa (as Kay Ficher)
Franco Scandurra Franco Scandurra ... Il professore Stricker
Carl Wery Carl Wery ... Il professore tedesco (as Carlo Very)
Antje Geerk ... Susan
Federico Collino Federico Collino ... Il commendatore Luigino Visnaghi
Susanne Loret ... Liliana (as Susan Loret)
Angelo Zanolli Angelo Zanolli ... Paolo - il primo play boy
Antonio Mambretti Antonio Mambretti
Ivana Gilli Ivana Gilli
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Il secondo play boy
Fiorella Ferrero Fiorella Ferrero
Francesco Tensi Francesco Tensi ... (as Francesco Tenzi)


Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle; when it's converted into a hotel, he stays on as a bellboy. His mysterious uncle arrives, and turns out to be a vampire. When his uncle vampirizes Osvaldo, the newly-minted blood-sucker gallops about the castle sipping from the necks of dozens of beautiful female guests. Written by Erewhon

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Comedy | Horror


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Sir Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English language version. See more »


Baron Roderico da Frankurten: [to a dozen men who want to stake Osvaldo Lambertenghi, thinking he is a vampire] There is a word you mentioned just now, something absurd, ridiculous, incredible. Am I correct? You're speaking of vampires.
Victor: He's a vampire!
Baron Roderico da Frankurten: Gentlemen, are you joking? If he is a vampire, well then, I am one, too.
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Christopher Lee at his comedic best.
25 November 2012 | by Patric7See all my reviews

The English title is "Uncle was a Vampire" and it stars Christopher Lee. I know this from watching it on TV sometime in the in the 60's. Trivia note: IMDb doesn't know this. Note the lack of English translation in Lee's bio for this movie, And his name isn't top, or anywhere near the top of the cast list. The movie was made in Italy, but the humor translates quite well. The English dubbing is good and it even has a believable happy ending. Call this "black humor lite", little blood and no gore. Which will probably turn off most kids/tweens/teens weaned on "First Blood", "Twilight", etc. The biting/gore is similar to "Love at first Bite" except uncle isn't Dracula, just a Vampire. Just a Vampire!?!? The story is simple and entertaining: man inherits hotel, uncle comes to visit, uncle is a Vampire and local women fall under his spell. Yes, hilarity ensues. Christopher Lee has a funny side and his comic timing is spot on. Consider it an undiscovered gem and well worth renting/downloading for the laughs. 9 out of 10 for being a funny and romantic vampire movie. In short, a date movie that both will enjoy.

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Release Date:

28 October 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Times for Dracula See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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