Uncle Was a Vampire
|Uncle Was a Vampire|
Italian theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Mario Cecchi Gori|
|Based on||an idea|
by Mario Cecchi Gori
|Edited by||Eraldo Da Roma|
|Box office||₤385 million|
Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle to pay his debts. The manor is ingloriously transformed into a frivolous hotel and Osvaldo is allowed to continue to live there working as a porter. One day Osvaldo receives a visit from his uncle, Baron Roderico da Frankurten, who turns out to be a real vampire. Osvaldo tries to warn the various guests of the hotel, with the only result being that he is taken for a madman. Bitten by his uncle, Oswald will also turn into a vampire, but his beloved, Lellina, will also be able to free him from the curse.
- Renato Rascel as Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi
- Christopher Lee as Baron Roderico da Frankurten
- Sylva Koscina as Carla
- Kai Fischer as Lellina
- Lia Zoppelli as Letizia
- Franco Scandurra as Professor Stricker
- Carl Wery as Director
- Antje Geerk
- Rik Van Nutter as Carla's fiancé
- Susanne Loretas Susan
- Mario Cecchi Gorias Civil law notary
- Franco Giacobini
Uncle Was a Vampire was Christopher Lee's first appearance in an Italian film production.
Uncle Was a Vampire was released in Italy on October 28, 1959 where it was distributed by C.E.I.-Incom. It grossed a total of 385 million lire in Italy. The film was Italy's first vampire film. The film was released in the United States in 1964 on television through Embassy Pictures.
In his book Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul described the film as "obviously modeled on the slapstick efforts of the comedies featuring the character Totò".