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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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Details

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

James Eastman: [voiceover] My mother found it difficult to tell me that I wasn't like other children; I could never share a life with whole human beings. I slowly learned that the thing that raped my mother and fathered me was no living feeling man, but a malignant force of cancer that refused to be destroyed. It wasn't only her blood my mother gave to keep me alive, her youth and her own life was sucked up into the syringe that fed me.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The versions available in North America are all censored. Even the Japanese release is cut. Uncut version was released on tape in Germany and features extra gore in several of the murders, which are noticeably trimmed in the domestic versions. See more »

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"Wow, Professor, you make a groovy medium!"
31 May 2008 | by lovecraft231See all my reviews

In the 1930's, notorious rapist and murder Caleb Croft (Michael Pataki) assaults a woman, resulting in her giving birth to a baby named James. 30 years later, James (William Smith) wants to avenge his mother. Oh, and Caleb is also a vampire.

"Grave of the Vampire" is James ("Dream No Evil", "Garden of the Dead") Bryan's best movie. A low budget affair (well of course), "Grave" is a mostly Grim affair, with an interesting spin on the vampire mythos. Here, we see Vampirism as a curse, which is nothing new, yet except for "Blade", this is the only movies I've seen take advantage of the idea of a child with a human mother and Vampire mother. Also, this is Pre-Anne Rice, so no boring angst. While the dialog isn't Oscar caliber, lines like "Wow, Professor, you make a groovy medium!" should bring a smile to your face.

That's not to say that there aren't any flaws. For one thing, the acting is for the large part pretty wooden and uninteresting, with only Pataki making any real impression. Also, the ending is a rather lame "The End...Or Is It?" style conclusion, which makes you glad there was no "Grave of the Vampire 2."

Still, it's an enjoyable, original little Drive In/Grindhouse horror movie that, while flawed, is worth a look nonetheless.


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