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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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Did You Know?


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


Hunchback: I've journeyed many long years. I remember well the faces. A hundred years, two hundred, three hundred... what are they? A blink of eternity's eyelid.
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Parenthood, the gothic horror
22 December 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Christopher Lee is struggling with the usual dilemmas facing a single parent. His daughter is acting up and getting all goth on him, dreaming she's a vampire that's killing distant relatives, indulging in strange ceremonies with the housekeeper, listening to Cannibal Corpse, all that sort of stuff. Lee's also having a bit of an affair with his maid, who resents Lee's daughter as she sees her as an obstacle regarding getting hitched to Lee.

It's the usual modern day problems, but set in a huge brooding castle next to a ruined village of course. Lee hires a guy to find out what his ancient ancestor looks like to prove to his daughter that she's not her reincarnation, and the guy immediately gets a thing for Lee's daughter. That's a pity, however, as she's kind of taken with a young, mysterious girl who's staying at the castle for a few days while her carriage is getting fixed at the local Kwik Fit, in yet another Italian Goth Horror where suspected vampirism increases your chances of a homosexual experience. Usually of a Sapphic nature.

I quite enjoyed this one, which is your usual Gothic horror with some really grotesque imagery thrown in for good measure, including the housekeeper using a severed hand as a candle holder, a giallo-style killing, and the reveal of why the church bell keeps ringing in the ruined village is a doozy! There's a bit of a mystery about the whole thing too as the young guy keeps digging, trying to find the image of Christopher Lee's ancestor, and who can't like a film that has a hunchbacked soothsayer in it?

The lesbian isn't played up too much of course considering the year this was made, but it ticks all the Gothic Horror boxes for me. I think I've seen them all now, but who knows what waiting out there?

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