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La llamada del vampiro (1972)

A small rural Spanish village of the present is haunted by vampires. Dr.Dora Maeterlick is called to a nearby castle to cure the father of Baron Carl von Rysselbert who suffers from a ... See full summary »

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José María Elorrieta (as José Mª Elorrieta)

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Fermín Sandoval (screenplay), José María Elorrieta (screenplay) (as José Mª Elorrieta) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Diana Sorel Diana Sorel ... Dra. Materlick
Nicholas Ney Nicholas Ney ... Karl von Rysselberg
Inés Morales Inés Morales ... Veronica (as Inés Skorpio)
Loreta Tovar Loreta Tovar ... Margaret (as Loretta Martin)
Beatriz Elorrieta Beatriz Elorrieta ... Erica (as Beatriz Lacy)
José Villasante José Villasante
Rosario Royo Rosario Royo ... Ama de llaves
Rafael Vaquero Rafael Vaquero ... (as Rafael Bakero)
Susan Taff Susan Taff ... Brenda
María Luisa Tovar María Luisa Tovar ... Viuda del ciclista (as Marisa Tobar)
Francisco Bonmatí Francisco Bonmatí
Antonio Jiménez Escribano ... Barón von Rysselberg (as Antonio Giménez Escribano)
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A small rural Spanish village of the present is haunted by vampires. Dr.Dora Maeterlick is called to a nearby castle to cure the father of Baron Carl von Rysselbert who suffers from a strange blood disease. Erika, assistant to Doctor, falls in love with Carl. But Carl is a vampire and pretty soon he makes Erika his vampire bride. From now on Dr.Maeterlick plunges into a nightmarish whirl of dark happenings... Written by Andreas Pieper <piepean@uni-muenster.de>

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Spain

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Spanish

Release Date:

16 December 1972 (Spain) See more »

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The Curse of the Vampyr See more »

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Seseña Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Arty, atmospheric, and more than a little dull
29 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

After viewing some of Paul Naschy's jolly Spanish horror flicks, I expected to enjoy this routine vampire flick. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed by the film which manages to add nothing whatsoever to the vampire genre, merely content with copying content from previous vampire films. The film strides hard to achieve a Gothic atmosphere, which it partially does through some nice castle scenery, but a lack of originality - and indeed, pacing, make this one a bit of a bore.

The stilted acting is to be expected, but the dubbing here is far worse than in many other Italian and Spanish films I've watched. Absolutely no attempt is made to sync the words and the lips together, resulting in a surreal viewing experience. The threadbare plot consists of women running around in negligees, and nobody else doing very much. There's some mumbo-jumbo about a aristocrat's son falling under a vampire's spell, but the film is so badly acted that you don't really care what happens next. The violence content is low, as is the bloodshed, somewhat surprisingly. As this is an exploitation film, I would have expected lots of gory goings-on a la Naschy, but instead the film makers opt for plenty of totally gratuitous and superfluous nudity to spice things up, which I personally could have done without.

The vampires in this film are some of the worst I've ever seen. With gigantic fake fangs sticking out of their mouths and funny expressions, they're laughable instead of horrific. You'll find together looking at the clock as this film trundles along, it feels like double the actual running time. And what's with the tacked-on dream-like ending which seems to have been added to up the nudity and violence content? Out of place, and a bit silly really. The best I can say about this film is that in places it builds up some atmosphere, such as in the surreal and spooky scenes where we see two vampires dancing around, but it's still a far cry from the Italian gothics of the early '60s. CURSE OF THE VAMPIRE makes for cult viewing, but set your expectations low to enjoy this one.


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