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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 »


Camillo Mastrocinque (as Thomas Miller)


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

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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


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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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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'A finely honed Gothic baroque'
23 January 2014 | by Darkling_ZeistSee all my reviews

Terror In The Crypt' happily boasts two gloriously-breasted starlets, and the looming, venerable presence of Christopher Lee, whose sepulchral-toned, Count Ludwig adds much verisimilitude to the overtly familiar Karnstein family misfortunes. 'Terror In The Crypt' is a noirish Gothic melodrama, with prolific scrivener, Ernesto Gastaldi doing yet another riff on, Sheridan le Fanu's 'Camilla'. While the film has an admittedly lugubrious pace, this actually sits quite happily against the musty, high contrast, cobwebbed theatrics. Whereas, Jesus Franco will have even less plot, a surfeit of orgiastic flesh and interminable half-hour zooms; DP's, Guiseppe Aquari & Julio Ortas have clearly taken care over the breathtaking compositions; with their effective use of chiaroscuro lighting, and some impressive, yet wonderfully subtle tracking shots. The masters are equally atmospheric, allowing one a splendid gander at all the finely honed Gothic baroque, Camillo Mastrocinque has so meticulously generated. I was also most impressed by, Carlo Savina's spare, eerie, piano-led score, placing the viewer dead centre within all these macabre machinations. To the uninitiated this all might seem a tad ponderous, but to those of us who appreciate a ripping yarn; where buxom, kohl-eyed lovelies cower beneath their vampiric violators, and bloody maleficence creeps beyond the boundaries of death, 'Terror In The Crypt' is a timeless classic deserving of a little more kudos than it currently generates.

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