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Tale of a Vampire (1992)

Condemned to life without end, and to an undying passion for a lost love he can never find, a vampire stalks a beautiful young woman.


Shimako Sato


Edgar Allan Poe (based on a story), Shimako Sato (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sands ... Alex
Suzanna Hamilton ... Anne / Virginia
Kenneth Cranham ... Edgar
Marian Diamond Marian Diamond ... Denise (as Marion Diamond)
Michael Kenton Michael Kenton ... Magazine Man
Catherine Ashton ... Virginia (5) (as Catherine Blake)
Mark Kempner Mark Kempner ... Morgue Official
Nik Myers Nik Myers ... Rent Boy / Newscaster's Voice
Ken Pritchard Ken Pritchard ... Bum 1
Ian Rollison Ian Rollison ... Bum 2
David King David King ... Waiter
Adrianne Alexander Adrianne Alexander ... Prostitute
Mark Motileb Mark Motileb ... Child
Keri Motileb Keri Motileb ... Child
Lisa Motileb Lisa Motileb ... Child


Condemned to life without end, and to an undying passion for a lost love he can never find, a vampire stalks a beautiful young woman.

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According to a review in Variety, the film began as a 60-minute video project, converting to a 35mm feature when Japanese financiers committed to the production. See more »


[first lines]
Edgar: It was many and many a year ago / In a kingdom by the sea / That a maiden there lived whom you may know / By the name of Annabel Lee
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Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
Performed by Suzanna Hamilton, Julian Sands and Catherine Ashton
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A Sober Film
20 February 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

The first thing I'd like to say about this movie is that the synopsis is incorrect. While the vampire "Alex" (Julian Sands) does in fact drink the blood of animals, it also clearly shows him drinking the blood of humans and he admits doing so as well. So it isn't like he's a "pacifist" or the vampire equivalent of a vegetarian or anything. I say this in order to make the mood of the movie more understandable. It's a dark film and I think Julian Sands does a good job showcasing the brooding and sad state of emotion that has come over him. Likewise, Suzanne Hamilton (as both "Anne" and "Virginia") also shows a certain sense of loneliness that is necessary for the character as well as a sober film of this type. To be sure, this is not an action-packed film with all of the usual clichés thrown in for good measure. The vampires in this film can function during the day without bursting into flames and there are no scenes of wooden stakes through the heart. So some viewers may not enjoy the film because of the lack of action or preset notions they have come to expect. On the other hand, I don't believe that this is a film without flaws either. In some parts it is both slow and dull and I think it was due more to the director (Shimako Sato) trying to create something "artistic" rather than something just simply enjoyable. But that's just my opinion. I also would have preferred that Julian Sands had shown a bit more passion instead of keeping things so lifeless and understated. In short, this isn't a bad movie. But I don't think it set any new standards of excellence either.

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Release Date:

14 July 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A vámpír See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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