The Vampire Happening

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The Vampire Happening
German film poster for The Vampire Happening
Directed by Freddie Francis
Produced by Pier A. Caminnecci
Written by August Rieger
Karl-Heinz Hummel[1]
Music by Jerry van Rooyen[2]
Cinematography Gerard Vandenberg[2]
Edited by Alfred Srp[2]
Release date
  • June 4, 1971 (1971-06-04) (West Germany)
Running time
102 minutes[2]
Country West Germany[2]
Language German[4]

The Vampire Happening (German: Gebissen wird nur nachts) is a 1971 West German comedy and horror film directed by Freddie Francis.[4]


An American actress inherits a castle in Transylvania. What she does not know is that her ancestor, the Baroness Catali, was in actuality a vampire countess, and emerges from her tomb to ravage the nearby village and Catholic seminary.


In the early 1970s, Italian producer Pier A. Caminnecci was looking for a film for his wife Pia Degermark whose previous film Elvira Madigan (1967) was a critical and financial success.[1] Caminnecci set up an international production for her in West Germany directed by British director Freddie Francis and written by German screenwriters August Rieger and Karl-Heinz Hummel[1] The script features a sub-plot based on Theophile Gautier's short story "La Morte Amoureuse"[1]




The film was not well received.[5] Allmovie gave the film one and a half stars out of five, stating that it is "not considered to be one of the crown jewels of the genre"[4] In his book Comedy-Horror Films:A Chronological History, author Bruce G. Hallenbeck referred to the film as "sort of a ripoff of Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers" and "doesn't come within lightyears of Polanski's vision"[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Hallenbeck, 2009. p.92
  2. ^ a b c d e f Browning, 2010. p.91
  3. ^ "Gebissen wird nur nachts - das Happening der Vampire". Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Fountain, Clarke. "Vampire Happening". Allmovie. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Hallenbeck, 2009. p.93

See also[edit]


  • Browning, John Edgar; Picart, Caroline Joan (2010). Dracula in Visual Media:Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. ISBN 0786433655. 
  • Hallenbeck, Bruce G. (2009). Comedy-Horror Films:A Chronological History, 1914-2008. McFarland. ISBN 0786433329. 

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