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Grave of the Vampire (1972)

PG | | Horror | 13 October 1972 (USA)
Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast.

Director:

John Hayes

Writers:

David Chase (screenplay), John Hayes (screen treatment)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Smith ... James Eastman
Michael Pataki ... Caleb Croft
Lyn Peters ... Anne Arthur
Diane Holden Diane Holden ... Anita Jacoby
Lieux Dressler ... Olga
Ernesto Macias ... Lieutenant Panzer (as Eric Mason)
Jay Adler ... Old Zack
Jay Scott Jay Scott ... Paul
William Guhl William Guhl ... Sergeant Duffy
Margaret Fairchild Margaret Fairchild ... Miss Fenwick
Carmen Argenziano ... Sam
Frank Whiteman Frank Whiteman
Abbi Henderson Abbi Henderson ... Carol Moskowitz
Inga Neilsen Inga Neilsen
Lindis Guinness Lindis Guinness ... (as Lindus Guinness)
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Storyline

Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Father and son--related by BLOOD! ANYONE'S BLOOD!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seed of Terror See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Pataki also narrated a theatrical trailer for this film. See more »

Quotes

Caleb Croft: No tricks. No Goober Dust.
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At the end of the film, "Fin--ou peut etre pas," appears on the screen. It's French for "The End -- Or Maybe Not." See more »

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The UK Vipco DVD release is identical to the old cinema print which was cut by the BBFC to remove a shot of a woman cutting her breast with a knife to feed a child and shots of blood running down her arm during a syringe injection. See more »

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Offbeat & vicious
8 January 2009 | by Cujo108See all my reviews

A vamp by the name of Caleb Croft rises from his crypt in a cemetery and happens upon a couple making out in their car. After killing the man and having a few sips of his blood, Croft rapes the woman in an empty grave. Eventually, the woman gives birth to a half human, half vampire baby. In order to feed him, she uses a syringe to extract her own blood, eventually leading to her demise. Her now grown son seeks vengeance against his father and is determined to track him down. Did I mention that Croft is now teaching night classes on the occult?

This offbeat vampire film has many interesting twists in it's storyline. One of Croft's students longs to be a vampire, for instance. As the vile vamp himself, Michael Pataki comes across as cold-blooded and cruel. While the film isn't very bloody, the acts of violence he commits seem more vicious than the norm. William Smith plays the son, and he reminded me more of a bump on a log than anything. I suppose that's just the part, that of a secluded outsider with no world experience. There's a fight towards the end that is surprisingly well-done. The film isn't as good as director John Hayes earlier effort, "Dream No Evil", but it's a unique addition to the vampire sub-genre all the same.


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