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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Vampire (1957)

The Vampire is a solid film that suffers from a weak looking monster.  It's an original take on an old theme where a small town doctor accidentally ingests an experimental drug that was made from the blood of vampire bats.  This, naturally, transforms him into a blood sucking creature of the night.  Kudos for coming up with an original story on a theme that is well known by everyone.  It's nice to see a screen play that has some thought and originality behind it.

The Vampire is further enhanced by the acting, especially veteran character actor Dabbs Greer [Invasion of the Body Snatchers, THe Green Mile] as Dr. Beaumont.  The rest of the cast is solid as well and do some nice ensemble acting.

The only drawback to this film is when we actually see the vampire creature.  The make up may be typical of B-grade 1950's movies but it's so bad that it takes the power away from the story.  Nothing menacing here.  Anyone these days could produce the same effect with a trip to the Halloween Superstore.

So, take it for what it's worth.  If you're a fan of vampires this one should be watched because of it's originality.  If you're a casual fan of the sub-genre, you can probably skip this one altogether.


For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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