Christopher Lee is the ideal star as Count Ludwig Karnstein in director Camillo Mastrocinque’s atmospheric but slackly paced 1964 Italian Gothic horror film Terror in the Crypt/ Crypt of the Vampire. Adriana Ambesi (billed as Audry Amber) plays the Count’s sick daughter Laura Karnstein, supposedly possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor, Carmilla, who is forcing her to kill.
Also in the cast are Ursula Davis, José Campos, Véra Valmont, Angel Midlin, Pier Anna Quaglia, and Friedrich Klauss.
Screen-writers Tonino Valerii and Ernesto Gastaldi claim the screenplay was written in just 24 hours after they told a producer the script was ready. Valerii was also assistant director and claims he shot several scenes.
It is hard to get a definitive English language title on this one. It was originally released in UK cinemas as Crypt of Horror. But it was released on DVD in 2012 by Retromedia/Image in the US with the title Crypt of the Vampire though the credits still call it Terror in the Crypt.
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