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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

I Vampiri is a 1956 Italian horror film loosely based on the story of Elizabeth Báthory. Directed by Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava, the film stars Gianna Maria Canale as Giselle du Grand, Carlo D'Angelo as Inspector Chantal and Dario Michaelis as Pierre Lantin.

I Vampiri was the first sound era Italian horror film. Mid-way through production, director Riccardo Freda left the project, and was replaced by the film's cinematographer Mario Bava. The film was released in the United States in 1963 under the title The Devil's Commandment and has since been released under more titles including Lust of the Vampires and The Vampires.


The plot revolves around the vampire Giselle du Grandan, who is able to maintain her youthful looks through a serum derived from a virgin's blood. Grandan begins to age and demands better results from the serum's inventor, who captures more young virgins but is caught by a young reporter.

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