The Vampire Happening
|The Vampire Happening|
German film poster for The Vampire Happening
|Directed by||Freddie Francis|
|Produced by||Pier A. Caminnecci|
|Written by||August Rieger|
|Music by||Jerry van Rooyen|
|Edited by||Alfred Srp|
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.
- Pia Degermark as Betty Williams, Clarimonde
- Thomas Hunter as Jens Larsen
- Yvor Murillo as Josef
- Ingrid van Bergen as Miss Niessen
- Joachim Kemmer as Martin
- Oskar Wegrostek as Abt
- Ferdy Mayne as Count Dracula
- Lyvia Bauer as Gabrielle
- Daria Damar as Kirsten
- Kay Williams
- Michael Janisch
- Toni Wagner
- Raoul Retzer
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. 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 The script features a sub-plot based on Theophile Gautier's short story "La Morte Amoureuse."
The film was not well received. 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" 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"
- 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.