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Blood of the Vampire

  • Year:1958
  • Country of origin: UK
  • Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
  • Director: Henry Cass
  • Length: 87 min
  • IMDb rating: Blood of the Vampire (1958) on IMDb
Poster of Blood of the Vampire

No woman alive is safe from the most frightening fiend in the history of horror!

Producers Baker and Berman seem to have taken a long, hard look at The Curse of Frankenstein…, presumably in the attempt to find out what made it tick. Unfortunately, it was far too early to discern the underlying approach which had made Curse so revolutionary, and the best Blood of the Vampire can manage is a flavourless, though reasonably opulent, recreation of the Hammer ‘look’.

Jonathan Rigby, English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 (Signum Books, 2015)

It’s a shade better than some of its class, but the lumpy direction, muddled plot and slow pace make it look much worse now than it did when it was new. … It’s a jumble of science fiction and horror themes … But none of these imbue the film with any interest; the story lurches from point to point, without the kind of intelligent enthusiasm that infused the best—and sometimes the worst—Hammer films. This is horror by the book, circa 1958, and it’s pretty drab.

Bill Warren, Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, the 21st Century Edition (McFarland, 2010)

This was the first concentrated effort by another company to imitate Hammer’s Gothic horror films. Blood of the Vampire has all of Hammer’s colorful trappings but lacks their pacing and style, despite an interesting screenplay by Jimmy Sangster.

Gary A. Smith, Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 (McFarland, 2000)

Selected disc options for Blood of the Vampire

Extras
Scream Factory box art
Scream Factory BD-A/US 2022
Nucleus box art
Nucleus BD-B/UK 2022
Artus box art
Artus BD-B/FR 2021
Dark Sky box art
Dark Sky DVD-0/US 2006
Audio Commentary by Jonathan Rigby and Kevin Lyons has extra
Audio Commentary by Writer Jimmy Sangster and Producer Robert S. Baker, Moderated by Marcus Hearn has extra has extra
“Blood of the Vampire” par Nicolas Stanzick (In French, 32:55) has extra
He Begins Where Dracula Left Off - With Jonathan Rigby (47:10) has extra
Le vampire Callistratus par Alain Petit (In French, 37:19) has extra
Sangster and the Censor - With Jonathan Rigby (20:44) has extra
Alternate French Opening Title Sequence and End Credits (2:56) has extra has extra
Alternate Italian Opening Title Sequence (0:56) has extra
“Dr. Terror’s Vault of Horror” - BBC TV introduction (1993, 2:00) has extra
Barbara Shelley Trailer Reel (x11, 26:25) has extra
Malia Italian Fotoromanzo Magazine (1964, 2:21) has extra
Stills Gallery [Artus] (9:06) has extra
Stills Gallery [Nucleus] (6:57) has extra
Biography: Actor Donald Wolfit - Written by Christopher Gullo (5 Screens) has extra
Biography: Actress Barbara Shelley - Written by Christopher Gullo (5 Screens) has extra
Biography: Producers Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman - Written by Christopher Gullo (7 Screens) has extra
Biography: Writer Jimmy Sangster - Written by Christopher Gullo (7 Screens) has extra
Theatrical Trailer (2:02) has extra has extra

Notes

Ultimate Edition

Combine the best digital presentation with a selection of choice extras for the ultimate edition.

  • He Begins Where Dracula Left Off (47:10)
  • Sangster and the Censor (20:44)
Presentation Nucleus BD 2022
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p24
      • Overall bit rate: 35.00 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
      • Length:1:27:24.896
      • File size: 23.60 GiB
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1820 kbps
      • Bit depth: 24-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English
    • English SDH
Artus BD 2021
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p24
      • Overall bit rate: 24.99 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
      • Length:1:27:24.041
      • File size: 17.15 GiB
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1536 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
    • File 2
      • Language: French LPCM 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1536 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
  • Subtitles
    • French
Extras Audio Commentary by Jonathan Rigby and Kevin Lyons Nucleus BD
Audio Commentary by Writer Jimmy Sangster and Producer Robert S. Baker, Moderated by Marcus Hearn Nucleus BD
He Begins Where Dracula Left Off - With Jonathan Rigby (47:10, 1080p) Nucleus BD
Sangster and the Censor - With Jonathan Rigby (20:44, 1080p) Nucleus BD
Alternate French Opening Title Sequence and End Credits (2:56, 1080p) Nucleus BD
Alternate Italian Opening Title Sequence (0:56, 1080p) Nucleus BD
“Dr. Terror’s Vault of Horror” - BBC TV introduction (1993, 2:00, 1080p) Nucleus BD
Barbara Shelley Trailer Reel (x11, 26:25, 1080p) Nucleus BD
Malia Italian Fotoromanzo Magazine (1964, 2:21, 1080p) Nucleus BD
Stills Gallery [Artus] (9:06, 1080i50) Artus BD
Stills Gallery [Nucleus] (6:57, 1080p) Nucleus BD
Biography: Actor Donald Wolfit - Written by Christopher Gullo (5 Screens) Dark Sky DVD
Biography: Actress Barbara Shelley - Written by Christopher Gullo (5 Screens) Dark Sky DVD
Biography: Producers Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman - Written by Christopher Gullo (7 Screens) Dark Sky DVD
Biography: Writer Jimmy Sangster - Written by Christopher Gullo (7 Screens) Dark Sky DVD
Theatrical Trailer (2:02, 1080p) Nucleus BD