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October 10, 2016
Nothing too interesting here. There are good story elements but eventually it just turns to be another generic man-monster on the loose movie. Campy at times, but hardly memorable.
½ December 1, 2015
Not the Mexican film but the American one (both films were made in 1957); nothing spectacular here, but some nice scares.
October 18, 2015
The description as of the writing of this review is completely wrong and does not tell the plot of this film at all, meaning it is for the wrong movie. This movie is a really stupid ripoff of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. I mean, it's almost exactly the same thing. The ending is like every other film of the last 30 years around the time of this film, slasher mystery, find guy, kill him, end of movie. That's it. Plain Jane. And that's where this film lacks all creativity.
½ October 23, 2013
These pills are from vampire bats

A small town doctor experiments with pills made from vampire bats as a way to extend life. The pills slowly turn him into a blood thirsty monster that kills and mutilates people. Initially, the doctor wants to help capture the culprit, but he quickly uncovers the killer might be him. Can he reverse the side effects or will he have to be destroyed to stop the crimes?

"Bob's pet store. If it's alive, we've got it."

Paul Landres, director of The Lone Ranger (1949), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Cisco Kid, Son of a Gun Fighter, and Johnny Rocco, delivers The Vampire. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward, and a bit predictable, but the plot is interesting and the make up at the end is very well done. The acting is fairly mediocre and the cast includes John Beal, Coleen Gray, Kenneth Tobey, and James Griffith.

"How is she?"

I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) during this Halloween season (I love their old classic horror pictures). This film was a bit clichť and classic 50's campy. Yes, this film has some cheese, and probably isn't worth your time, but the end is very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the last scene. Overall, I'd probably skip this movie and wouldn't watch it again, but if you like films from this time period, you may enjoy this film.

"I killed her."

Grade: C
½ June 24, 2013
A fun watch for sure. More like Jekyll and Hyde than a vampire somewhat.
½ August 29, 2011
Haha! "The Vampire" is one of my favorite campy horror flicks ever! Paul Beecher (Beal) is a very successful doctor in a small town, whose life changes when a dying doctor hands him some pills and tells him to take them. He puts them in his pocket, but he doesn't plan to take them. Meanwhile, work goes on-- but he's always getting migraines, and he has some headache pills in his pocket. When he takes some though, he takes the doctor's pills by accident. When a bunch of deaths occur soon after, and the corpses have bite marks on their throat, Paul begins to believe it when he has hallucinations of the victims. His nurse (Gray) is willing to help, but who knows how dangerous it is? It's pretty obvious this was going to be a vampire movie because of the title, however, "The Vampire" was not as bad as I was thinking it would be. Sure, the makeup for the "creature" is sucky, but that's the only bad part of the film. There is truly suspense, good acting, very good plot and character development, and spooky cinematography for the night scenes which all make an above average vintage horror movie. Maybe the "monster" seems more like Mr. Hyde, but who cares? "The Vampire" is FUN, I enjoyed every second of it.
April 1, 2011
This one would be of interest to connoisseurs of drug propaganda movies such as the original Reefer Madness. Basically the message of the story is that drugs can turn you into a monster; in this case literally. The feel of the picture reminds me of the old Universal monster movies, and the story is closer to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde than to any vampire flick in spite of the title. Its a good late night watch.
Super Reviewer
November 17, 2010
A good vampire movie, not great, but enjoyable enough to watch.
½ September 19, 2010
Superb B-movie about a a man who accidentally intakes a serum made from vampire bats and quickly descends into monster madness. Works equally well as a parable of drug abuse. Awesome.
½ June 10, 2010
An innocent accident turns a respected small town doctor into a blood-sucking Neanderthal in ‚??Last of the Bad Men‚?? director Paul Landres‚?? ‚??The Vampire,‚?? an off-beat, low-budget, black & white, horror chiller from producers Arthur Gardner, Arnold Laven, and Jules V. Levy that belies its title. This United Artists theatrical release takes about a half-hour before it reveals the unfortunate predicament of our sympathetic protagonist. The performances are all uniformly strong, particularly John Beal, but it is James Griffiths who stands out in this worthwhile cast. Since ‚??The Vampire‚?? was produced under the aegis of the repressive Production Code Administration censorship office, all the gruesome violence occurs off-screen, so the squeamish won‚??t have to worry about having nightmares. Landres makes good use of struggling shadows in one atmospheric scene. Ironically, although it is entitled ‚??The Vampire,‚?? this movie resembles ‚??Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.‚?? The monster here is not a conventional, fashionably-dressed, debonair vampire, but a brutish looking specimen will huge ugly hands and a misshapen face. We are never given a glimpse of the fangs that he sinks into his victim‚??s necks. The monster drains only a small amount of blood out of its victims. Since its saliva contains a deadly virus, the maniac kills his victims with his bite. Nevertheless, the monster survives as the result of its own immunity.

A youth on a bicycle delivers a package to the laboratory of Dr. Matt Campbell in the researcher‚??s old house in a quiet, sleepy, little American town. The youth enters to find Campbell with his head down on his desk. Campbell (television actor Wood Romoff ) asks the youth to fetch Dr. John Beecher (John Beal of ‚??Edge of Darkness‚??), a friendly, rustic doctor with a young daughter, to see him. Beecher is an old-fashioned physician who still makes house calls when his patients cannot visit him. The boy alerts Dr. Beecher about Campbell, and Beecher arrives in time to hear Campbell mention something about his obscure research. Campbell raves about making an important breakthrough. Before Campbell dies, the doomed researcher hands Dr. Beecher a bottle of pills without a label. Campbell croaks, and Beecher believes the researcher‚??s bad heart caused his death. He shoves the pills into his suit pocket. Later, Beecher suffers the onset of a migraine. He asks his pretty daughter Betsy (Lydia Reed of ‚??High Society‚??) to give him his migraine tablets. Beecher gobbles the prescription medicine without a second thought. He is diagnosing a patient‚??s condition when he feels nauseous and has to lie down. The patient, Marion Wilkins (Ann Staunton of ‚??Daisy Kenyon‚??), has a heart condition, too, and she lives alone in town. Marion is too sick to come in for her morning appointment and Marion‚??s cleaning lady phones up Beecher. When our protagonist arrives, he finds Marion near death. He spots two puncture holes in her neck and she realizes who he is, reacts with surprise and fear and dies. At this point, director Paul Landres and scenarist Pat Fielder have set up an interesting predicament. People are dying from a maniac on the loose, and the good doctor might have something to do with it.

Beecher is pleasantly surprised when he learns that one of his oldest friends from medical school, Dr. Will Beaumont (veteran character actor Dabbs Greer of ‚??Trouble Along the Way ‚??) who works at a nearby university, was subsiding Campbell‚??s research. According to Beaumont, Campbell was working on regression to see whether it was possible chemically to revert the animal mind to a primitive state. If this is the case, Winston explains to Beecher, researchers will know if they can reverse the process and advance the intellect. Will rummages through Campbell‚??s cabinets and finds a pill bottle that contains medication designed ‚??to induce primitive instincts by draining the blood from the brain temporarily. He adds that the pills are habit-forming. Beaumont brings in another scientist, Henry Winston (James Griffiths of ‚??Tribute to a Bad Man‚??), to come up to speed on Campbell‚??s research. Winston discovers that the pills were a control serum extracted from the bats. He doesn‚??t live long after he makes this discovery because an intruder with large hands breaks into the laboratory and murders him. Naturally, the police investigate and Sheriff Buck Donnelly (Kenneth Toby of ‚??The Thing from Another World‚??) wants to know about the insect bites on the dead man‚??s neck because he saw similar bites on Marion Wilkins‚?? neck. When Beecher confronts Beaumont about Henry‚??s death, Beaumont makes the revelation that the bats used in Campbell‚??s experimentation were vampire bats!

The suspense heightens marginally when Donnelly learns Winston died of capillary disintegration, and Sheriff Donnelly wants to exhume Marion Wilkins‚?? body to determine if she died from the same cause. Naturally, mortician Willy Warner (Paul Brinegar of ‚??High Plains Drifter‚??) is appalled that Donnelly plans to dig up Marion‚??s corpse. The medical examiner is just as appalled by the findings of the university analysis. According to the university officials, all three victims died from capillary disintegration. Meantime, Beecher has developed a craving for Campbell‚??s pills. He has killed two people and fears he may kill more. He confesses to Dr. Beaumont that he killed Marion Wilkins, but Beaumont refuses to believe him. Beecher convinces Beaumont to watch him because he thinks that he will undergo the transformation at 11 PM. Beaumont doesn‚??t believes Beecher‚??s story until it is too late for him to do anything. He watches in stunned disbelief when Beecher transformed in front of him and then kills him. Later, Beecher tries to kill himself, but his nurse Carol Butler (Coleen Gray of ‚??Red River‚??) attempts to intervene and reason with him. Again, Beecher transforms into a maniac. He attacks Carol in his office. Buck shows up with Police Sergeant George Ryan (Herb Vigran of ‚??Public Pigeon No. One‚??) and they storm the doctor‚??s house. Buck winds up shooting Beecher. As it lies sprawled on the ground, Beecher gradually changes back into him.
Super Reviewer
December 20, 2008
This was actually a great movie. Not sure why they called it The Vampire, but there was 2 punvture wounds to the neck so guess it fits the bill. To me it was more like a Dr Jeckyell Mr Hyde type film, as after taking a pill, which was slipped to the great doctor by his very young daughter, he becomes a Mr Hyde type Vampire, after being bite you don't return from the dead your cells just kind of rot. But it was excellent over all. It comes in the MGM Midnight Madness Collection.
July 29, 2008
Who doesn't like an old blood-sucker?
June 12, 2008
Campy atom-age vampire movie with addiction as a sub-plot. Coleen Gray is excellent in these b-movie roles.
April 17, 2008
Doctor eats experimental pill by mistake, and is turned into - not a vampire - but a strange, retarded human scabman! A few killing rampages are hinted at, and in a clear moment he decides to end it all. He sends his daughter away, writes his will and tries to kill himself. But even here he is interrupted and chased, and dies in a muddy ditch. I expected a "scary" monster movie, but this is more like a sad human tragedy/drama. Strange.
½ April 17, 2008
Decent acting and cinematography, but this turkey should be relegated to a dusty vault somewhere.
November 1, 2007
Not interested. I usually avoid horror movies.
Super Reviewer
October 7, 2007
Thank you Turner Classic Movies for these wonderfully cheesy "B" movies that we just couldn't see anywhere else.

John Beal stars in this surprisingly well acted, moderately scripted, camp-fest with some of the worst special effects in the history of Hollywood. I defy anyone not to laugh the first time they see 'the vampire' in full makeup. Could they not afford the extra thirty cents for some plastic fangs?
December 3, 2006
I would like to see this, i think...
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