Blood of the Vampire

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A palatable combination of horror and science fiction, Blood of the Vampire takes place in 19th century Transylvania-and never mind that all the locals have cockney accents. British stage star Donald Wolfit, who never spoke when shouting would do, plays the vampiric Dr. Callistratus. Though we see Callistratus being dispatched in traditional stake-through-the-heart fashion during the opening credits, it isn't long before he returns to life, this time in the guise of a prison warden. Using his criminally insane charges as his guinea pigs, Callistratus drains their bodies of blood in order to stay alive. In the film's incredibly busy climax, Callistratus is prevented from carving up the toothsome Madeleine (Barbara Shelley) by his hunchbacked assistant Carl (Victor Maddern). We didn't see the kitchen sink, but we'll bet that that's in here somewhere too. Often mistaken for a Hammer film production (mainly because it was written by perennial Hammer scrivener Jimmy Sangster), Blood of the Vampire was actually produced by the short-lived Artistes Alliance Ltd. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Donald Wolfit
as Callistratus
Vincent Ball
as Dr. John Pierre
Barbara Shelley
as Madeleine
William Devlin
as Kurt Urah
Bryan Coleman
as Herr Auron
Hal Osmond
as Sneak Thief
Bernard Bresslaw
as Sneak Thief
Colin Tapley
as The Judge
John Le Mesurier
as Chief Justice
Henry Vidon
as Meinster
John Stuart
as Madeleine's Uncle
Cameron Hall
as Drunken Doctor
Yvonne Buckingham
as Serving Wench
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  • Aug 26, 2011
    A not very good vampire/mad scientist mash up. The vampire side of things was both underdeveloped and unnecassary. Story is a vampire is killed with a stake through the heart, but is somehow brought back to life via blood transfusion. Six Years later a doctor is sent to a prison for the criminally insane on a malpractice charge. The prisoner is quickly selected to assist in blood transfusion experiments, conducted by none other than the vampire from the begining of the movie. Whether or not he is actually a vampire is never fully explained, but it appears he was simply the victim of superstition. Yup. The story is none too original. At first I was enjoying the movie despite its obvious flaws, but by the midway point I was just bored. Towards the end I started to doze off but managed to stay awake through till the bitter end. I didn't exactly hate this movie either. It is what it is... A B grade film from the late 50's. But I'd be lying if I said that there was anything exceptional on display here. Watch it if you go for this sort of thing I guess. Just don't expect too much.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I don't remember this movie in great detail, but I remember it being alright, not good but not bad either. It's not one of the best vampire movies I've seen, it's more of a mad scientist movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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