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Lust of the Vampire (1957)

I vampiri (original title)
| Horror | 1963 (USA)
A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

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Giselle du Grand
Carlo D'Angelo ...
L'ispettore Chantal (as Carlo d'Angelo)
Dario Michaelis ...
Pierre Lantin
Wandisa Guida ...
Laurette Robert
Angelo Galassi ...
Ronald Fontaine (as Angiolo Galassi)
Renato Tontini ...
L'assistente del professore Grand
Charles Fawcett ...
Signor Robert
Gisella Mancinotti ...
Amica di Laurette
Miranda Campa ...
Signora Robert
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Professor Julien du Grand (as Antoine Balpetré de la Comédie Française)
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Joseph Signoret
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Storyline

In Paris, France, a crazed duchess, obsessed with retaining her youth, has her scientist lover kill various women and draining their blood for her use while a smug journalist seeks out leads for the so-called 'vampire murders' and links a local drug addict to the case whom is connected to the mad scientist. Written by Matt Patay

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Beautiful Parisian girls were his victims!

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Lust of the Vampire  »

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #23894, dated April 3rd 1957. See more »

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English dubbed version 'The Devil's Commandment' is credited to director Riccardo Freda's pseudonym Robert Hampton. See more »

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More a mystery than an horror but it's all good.
10 July 2010 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The way this movie is played out makes it more or a mystery than an horror really. It was also an early Italian horror production, so they were still mostly trying out some new stuff in this one. It was also the first one to involve the later to become legendary Italian horror director Mario Bava, who had some major influences on the future development of the genre.

The movie its title might be a bit misleading. It's not really your average vampire flick, featuring blood sucking villains. It features a vampire like creature but she hardly gets her hand dirty in this movie. the movie picks more a detective like approach, in which the police is investigating the strange disappearances and murders of young women. Nothing wrong with this approach of course but you sort of have to know what to expect, in order not to end up disappointed.

Can't always say that the story played out too well. They could had definitely done something better and more interesting with its premise at times. But like mentioned earlier, this was still being an early Italian horror production, from the time they were still searching for the right tone and balance. The movie is still lacking in its atmosphere, which is also one of the reasons why this movie doesn't really feel like an horror. It's definitely not an horrible movie, it's still being quite good to watch for most parts. It's a movie that knows to hold your interest and also still works out quite original, due to its unusual approach, for a movie of this sort.

Definitely a good movie but be sure what to expect from it.

7/10

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