Dinner with a Vampire

Dinner with a Vampire (Italian: A cena col vampiro) is a 1989 Italian television horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and written by Dardano Sacchetti. It was among four films made for the Italian television series Brivido Giallo.

Dinner with a Vampire
DVD cover
ItalianA cena col vampiro[1]
Screenplay by
Story byLuciano Martino[1]
Directed byLamberto Bava[1]
Original language(s)Italian
Executive producer(s)
  • Massimo Manasse
  • Marco Grillo Spina[1]
  • Gianlorenzo Battaglia
  • Gianfranco Transunto[1]
  • Mauro Bonnani
  • Daniele Alabis[1]
Running time92 minutes[1][3]
Production company(s)
  • Dania Film
  • Reteitalia[1]
Original networkItalia 1[4]
Original releaseAugust 29, 1989 (1989-08-29)


Four actors win an audition to be in a horror movie and travel to the director's castle for a meeting and to spend the night. Unbeknown to them the director is actually a vampire. The vampire challenges his guests to kill him. Killing this vampire however is achieved only in a unique way.



Following the success of the film Demons and Demons 2 and other foreign horror films in Italy, the company Reiteitalia would announce in July 1986 that a series titled Brivido giallo which would be made featuring five made-for-television film directed by Lamberto Bava.[3] Of these films only four would be made: Graveyard Disturbance, Until Death, The Ogre and Dinner with a Vampire.[3] The films were shot between 1987 and 1988.[3] Dinner with a Vampire was shot at Castle Sammezzano near Florence, Italy.[5]

Italian film historian Roberto Curti described Dinner with a Vampire as being more openly a parody film compared to Bava's other films made in the series.[5]


Dinner with a Vampire was shown was aired on Italia 1 on August 29, 1989.[1][3]



  1. Curti 2019, p. 199.
  2. Buchanan, Jason. "Dinner With a Vampire". AllMovie. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  3. Curti 2019, p. 200.
  4. Curti 2019.
  5. Curti 2019, p. 201.


  • Curti, Roberto (2019). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989. McFarland. ISBN 1476672431.
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