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Crypt of the Vampire (1964)

La cripta e l'incubo (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 27 May 1964 (Italy)
Count Karnstein sends for a doctor to help his sick daughter Laura. Her nurse believes she is possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor, Carmilla. A young woman becomes intrigued by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Camillo Mastrocinque (as Thomas Miller)

Writers:

Tonino Valerii (story and screenplay) (as Robert Bohr), Ernesto Gastaldi (story and screenplay) (as Julian Berry)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Count Ludwig Karnstein
Adriana Ambesi Adriana Ambesi ... Laura Karnstein (as Audry Amber)
Ursula Davis Ursula Davis ... Ljuba
José Campos ... Friedrich Klauss
Véra Valmont ... Annette (as Vera Valmont)
A. Midlin A. Midlin ... Hunchback (as Angel Midlin)
Carla Calò Carla Calò ... Ljuba's Mother (as Cicely Clayton)
Nela Conjiu Nela Conjiu ... Rowena
José Villasante José Villasante ... Cedric the Butler
José Cortés José Cortés ... Man (as Bill Curtis)
James Brightman James Brightman ... Man
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Storyline

Count Karnstein sends for a doctor to help his sick daughter Laura. Her nurse believes she is possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor, Carmilla. A young woman becomes intrigued by the mysterious deaths surrounding Laura after a carriage accident outside the castle forces her to stay. They become close friends until Laura becomes convinced the spirit of Carmilla is forcing her to kill. Written by Randy Van Ort <rvanort@mailhost.primenet.com>

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 May 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Crypt of the Vampire See more »

Filming Locations:

Balsorano, L'Aquila, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First (and second to last) horror movie made by Camillo Mastrocinque. See more »

Quotes

Laura Karnstein: We rarely have visitors here. It's like living in a tomb... or somewhere at the very edge of the world.
Friedrich Klauss: I love these ancient castles... they have such an air of mystery.
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Version of Nightmare Classics: Carmilla (1989) See more »

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Not great Gothic horror
15 February 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Terror in the Crypt certainly seems like a great film on paper - it's stemmed from the classic novel "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu and the screenplay is by none other than Ernesto Gastaldi; the man responsible for a number of great Giallo films in the seventies. Adding to the writing credits is the fact that the film stars the great Christopher Lee; but unfortunately the pacing is far too slow and the film is more 'Castle of the Living Dead' than 'Black Sunday'. Anyone that has seen one of the numerous films based on the La Fanu novel will probably know what this film will be about. Count Karnstein comes to believe that his daughter Laura has become possessed by the spirit of the dead ancestor Carmilla and sends for a doctor to help her. However, this does not stop the daughter from being influenced by Carmilla. The film does well on the atmosphere front and director Camillo Mastrocinque delivers a great setting for the film to take place in with a lavish Gothic castle. However, there's just not enough going on to keep the film interesting for the duration and unfortunately despite the positives; the film is not very easy to follow for this reason. Perhaps fans of Gothic horror will find something to like here; but while I consider myself just that, unfortunately I didn't.


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