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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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Forgotten Gem of Italian Gothic Horror
29 July 2007 | by Alien_I_CreatorSee all my reviews

If there is one thing that even the most low-budget of Spaghetti horrors excel in, it has got to be atmosphere. That is one thing that Terror in the Crypt does extremely well. It exudes a flair of picturesque horror and mystique enhanced all the more by its superb cinematography and eerie score.

Apart from it's great atmosphere, the film is very well crafted and entertaining. I would put it in the vein of other great EuroGoth gems like Terror Creatures From the Grave and The Blancheville Monster. Plus, the immortal Christopher Lee adds plenty to the picture as he always tends to do. But, like many of the other fans of this picture, I would have loved to have seen Lee chew the scenery with genre queen Barbara Steele as this is the type of film that was right up her alley.

Like so many other Gothic efforts, the story revolves around a generations-old family curse. Christopher Lee's character is a Count who fears that a witch's curse is starting to come to fruition as members of his extended family are dying one by one. A great cast of characters makes this story even more interesting. There's Laura, the Count's daughter and prime suspect in carrying out the witch's hex during her nightmare-wrought sleep. There is Laura's sultry friend Lyuba (I must note that the two starlets have great chemistry together and always look like they are on the verge of releasing years of bottled up sexual frustration on each other). A wise old crone who tries to help Laura decipher her nightmares. And there is a young historian who is brought in to try and find out as much of the family's dark history as he can in an effort to thwart the curse.

Terror in the Crypt (recently released as Crypt of the Vampire) is definitely worth the time and money for any fan of EuroGoth films or even just for those wanting to get a glimpse at Christopher Lee's Italian ventures.

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