THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA (1960)
(a.k.a. L’AMANTE DEL VAMPIRO)
Article #1624 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-25-2005
Posting Date: 1-22-2006
Directed by Renato Polselli
Featuring Helene Remy, Maria Luisa Rolando, Tina Gloriani
A troop of ballerinas has to contend with a vampire from a nearby castle.
Don’t confuse this one with THE PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAMPIRE. That one is an Italian horror film from the early sixties about a troop of ballerinas being terrorized by a vampire in the form of Walter Brandi. This one, on the other hand, is – uh – an Italian horror film from the early sixties about a troop of ballerinas being terrorized by a vampire in the form of Walter Brandi. Of course, in the other film, the so-called ballerinas weren’t really ballerinas; once you saw them dancing, you knew that in reality they were burlesque showgirls. When they dance in this one, on the other hand, they remind you of – uh – burlesque showgirls (though at least these look a little bit like ballerinas). On second thought, go ahead and confuse the two movies; I don’t have a problem with that. Quality-wise, I would have a problem picking between them; they both came across as third-rate Euro-Horrors. The only real difference I could tell is that PLAYGIRLS was a little sleazier. There are probably more differences, but if it’s all the same with you, I’m not up to going back and watch the other movie to try to sort them out. Life is too short.