Slaughter of the Vampires 1964

Italian Dracula-imitation highlighted by good cinematography and camera composition. Hampered by a story that is basicaly Bram Stoker's Dracula recast as an Italian nobleman's problem.

Director: Roberto Mauri

Low budget Italian horror film that borrows heavily from the basic outlines of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with a vampire noble menacing the happiness of a newly wedded couple who live on a large estate featuring beautiful 18th century outfits, winding staircases, landscaped grounds and sumptuous interior art direction.

What carries this film beyond the predictable story and acting is the well done, economical cinematography. Director Mauri (who also wrote the screenplay) often moves his camera around and he generally executes some first-class storytelling despite the stodgy material. While the conflict between the vampire and the victims is rote, the angles and motion of the camera is frequently interesting and inventive. None of this can salvage the mundane elements of the story, but the movie tries to compete with the quality standards of something higher in calibre like a Hammer film, and visually speaking, often succeeds.

Cast: Walter Brandi, Graziella Granata, Luigi Batzella, Dieter Eppler

La Strage dei Vampiro - Slaughter of the vampires - 1964


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