Grave of the Vampire (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

Grave of the Vampire (1974)

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This dark, violent British production stars Michael Pataki as a brutish vampire apparently lacking in Dracula's powers of seduction, since he finds it necessary to brutally rape a young woman (Kitty Vallacher) in order to sire a child. The product of this unholy mating is a half-human, half-vampire baby boy, bottle-fed on the blood of his now-insane mother (a truly sickening sight) until her eventual death from anemia. Later as a young man, the son (William Smith) is able to spend short periods in daylight, and his bloodlust is considerably lesser than that of his father. Tormented nevertheless by his evil condition, he curses his bloodline and defies his vampire heritage, tracking his father down to the university where he teaches occult sciences. Aside from Pataki's coarse but imposing performance, this low-budget film is a fairly routine genre entry, but the climactic, bloody duel between father and son vampires is quite gripping.

Cast

Lyn Peters
as Anne Arthur
Eric Mason
as Lieutenant Panzer
William Smith
as James Eastman
Diana Holden
as Anita Jacoby
William Guhl
as Sergeant Duffy
Jay Adler
as Old Zack
Michael Pataki
as Caleb Croft
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Critic Reviews for Grave of the Vampire

All Critics (1)

Ridiculous low-budget gory horror thriller about vampires.

November 25, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grave of the Vampire

A vampire rapes a woman in a cemetery; years later, her half-vampire son searches for his fangy dad, now a night school professor of occult studies (!) A promising, if fairly ridiculous, premise is wasted in this lifeless, talky movie.

Greg S
Greg S

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