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Blood of the Vampire

Blood of the Vampire

Henry Cass (1958)

85min
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Review

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 cripple servant of the mad doctor. Serviceable shocks pepper the crisp period atmosphere, neatly laced with an ever-present sense of doom.

Summary

Undead nightstalker Donald Wolfit takes charge of a lunatic asylum and subjects the inmates to fiendish experiments of dubious medical value. Vintage chiller, also starring Barbara Shelley, Vincent Ball and Victor Maddern.

Cast & Crew

Dr Callistratus Donald Wolfit
Dr John Pierre Vincent Ball
Madeleine Barbara Shelley
Carl Victor Maddern
Kurt Urah William Devlin
Wetzler Andrew Faulds
Sneak thief Hal Osmond
Sneak thief Bernard Bresslaw
Chief Justice John Le Mesurier
Director Henry Cass
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Tempean Films Ltd

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