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Grave of the Vampire


Grave of the Vampire


Movies in the Hammer Era 1961-79


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Several years after his death by electrocution in the late 1930s, ghoulish rapist and murderer Caleb Croft (Michael Pataki) rises from his crypt and brutally assaults young Leslie Hollander (Kitty Vallacher). Leslie becomes pregnant by Croft and delivers a baby boy, whom she nurses with bottles of blood.

The child matures into James Eastman (William Smith), who sets out to find and kill his father. Enrolled at college, James discovers his father is posing as Professor Lockwood. Following a seance hosted by the professor for his students, James confronts his dad in a showdown between good and evil!

The review:

A desicated Dracula rises from a grave to commit rape and murder; only for his half-undead (?) son to seek him out for revenge some thirty going on forty years later. The pace is chillingly slow; you may start to wonder if you have rigor mortis, or the actors ... or even the director.

The plot grinds towards its rather predictable ending, leaving you sitting on the edge of your seat (closer to the off button?). But the movie really does have its moments.

The first view of the wee laddie drinking his first drop of the red stuff really is a treat, and the way the vampire's victims queue up to be brutally murdered does force you to wonder what the film would have been like if Buffy were around. Over in 12 minutes, is my guess.

Not for the casual film goer, this one, but a must for all serious vampire fans.

  • Starring: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, Diane Holden, Kitty Vallacher, Eric Mason, Lieux Dressler, Jay Scott, William Guhl, Jay Adler, Abbi Henderson, Carmen Argenziano, Margaret Fairchild, Lindus Guinness, Inga Neilson, Mike Pataki, Frank Whiteman
  • Run Time: 90 min.
  • Released: 1972, ALP
  • Director: John Hayes
  • Encoding: Disc are Region Specific (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Format: Color,
  • Book Source: The Still Life by David Chase
  • DVD Release Date: 1 March 2004

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