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The Vampire


Category: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Year: 1957
Country: USA
Runtime: 75
Languages: English
Director: Paul Landres
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • It claws! It drains blood!

  • Writing by: Pat Fielder – screenplay
    Pat Fielder – story

    Produced by: Arthur Gardner – producer
    Arnold Laven – producer
    Jules V. Levy – producer

    Cast: John Beal – Dr. Paul Beecher
    Coleen Gray – Carol Butler
    Kenneth Tobey – Sheriff Buck Donnelly
    Lydia Reed – Betsy Beecher
    Dabbs Greer – Dr. Will Beaumont
    Herb Vigran – George Ryan, Police Sergeant
    Paul Brinegar – Willy Warner
    Ann Staunton – Marion Wilkins
    James Griffith – Henry Winston
    Budd Buster – (uncredited)
    Arthur Gardner – Anesthetist (uncredited)

    Music: Gerald Fried
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    Plot Outline: A small town doctor mistakenly ingests an experimental drug made from the blood of vampire bats which transforms the kindly medic into a bloodthirsty monster.
    Plot: Dr. Matthew Campbell has been experimenting on methods to regress the mind to primitive instincts so that we can find methods to improve our brains and not get taken in by cheap horror movie hogwash. Hes developed a drug made from vampire bat blood and has begun treating himself with it. But instead of improving his mind, hes become ill and addicted. He dies, but not before trying to warn fellow doctor Paul Beecher. Fortunately for us, he dies before he can say more than that pills are to blame. While still at Campbells house, Paul finds a bottle of pills and pockets them. Hes also got another bottle of pills in his other pocket that he takes for frequent migraine attacks. He goes home, puts his jacket on a rack, and then hes struck with a migraine. He asks his daughter to give him the pills in his jacket pocket, and of course she gives him the pills of evil. He is instantly addicted and he must take one pill every day. Each time he takes a pill he turns into a hairy and very insane killer, and he doesnt remember what hes done, except as a vague dream. Can the police and the other scientists who work nearby figure out who the killer is and stop him before he kills the beauteous new nurse that he has just hired?

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Continuity: When the boy enters the doctors house in the first scene, the doorknob changes. The exterior clearly doesnt match the interior.

    Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Among the ads on the fence is one for “Mike Maltese, Ace Detective” featuring a picture of Michael Maltese (the writer of “Baseball Bugs”) with a fedora and a pistol.


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