Blood of the Vampire

Blood of the Vampire

Henry Cass (1958)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Universal nabbed Hammer's gore theatrics along with their resident scriptwriter, Jimmy Sangster, in the effort to beat the House of Horror at their own game. The result is enjoyable hokum with, for the era, some edgily gruesome torture chamber scenes. Thespian legend Sir Donald Wolfit goes predictably over the top as Doctor Callistratus, who needs blood to stay alive and uses victims from his insane asylum for the grisly transfusion purpose. Hammer heroine Barbara Shelley adds the glamour, while Victor Maddern wears the daftest make-up imaginable as Carl, the scarred, crippled servant of the mad doctor. Serviceable shocks pepper the crisp period atmosphere, neatly laced with an ever-present sense of doom.


An undead nightstalker takes charge of a lunatic asylum and subjects the inmates to various fiendish experiments. Horror, starring Donald Wolfit and Barbara Shelley.

Cast & Crew

Actor Donald Wolfit
Actor Barbara Shelley
Actor Vincent Ball
Actor Victor Maddern
Director Henry Cass

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Tempean Films LtdGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD