His Vampyrrhic Bride by Simon Clark

By Simon Clark

A woman . . . a boy . . . and a fearsome Viking curse that might tear them aside and unharness a terrifying creature at the international . . .

What is that this impressive but ghostly determine doing gliding throughout my garden in the dark? Chasing the dangerously appealing lady into the wooden subsequent to his family's new domestic, Tom Westonby is attacked and overwhelmed subconscious. Returning domestic the next day to come, he meets the stranger, Nicola Bekk, once again. Tom is deeply attracted to her, yet unbeknownst to him, Nicola is either secure and enslaved via her Viking ancestry and the alternatives he makes will set off the curse that has blighted the lives of the Bekk kin for hundreds of years.

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However, while performing the procedure with the help of his assistant (and lover) Monique, Levin falls in love with Jeanette. As the treatment proves to be only temporary, Levin determines to save Jeanette’s beauty at all costs. Since the doctor gets the serum from young women’s glands, he needs to kill for her sake. To do so, Levin injects himself with another serum, which turns him into a ferocious monster, and goes on a killing spree to get the glands he needs. However, Jeanette’s exboyfriend Pierre starts looking for her, and leads the police onto Levin’s tracks… Released in Italy a mere eight days after Black Sunday, Anton Giulio Majano’s Atom Age Vampire looks as if it belonged to a different decade, in the sense that it is closer to I Vampiri in its expunging of supernatural elements in favor of pseudo-scientific ones.

Strock); the script calls for a pseudo-scientific explanation for Levin’s experiments and references to Hiroshima, including a scene where Alberto Lupo shows the inspector (Ivo Garrani) pictures of horribly disfigured survivors,2 while the plot twist that has Levin’s murders attributed to a gorilla escaped from the zoo is a throwaway nod to Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”; finally, the doctor is given an Igor-like mute assistant named Sasha, whose sole purpose in the movie is seemingly to provide the good doctor with a final comeuppance.

However, especially in the sequence when Totò is hired as a cemetery caretaker in the wonderful Totò cerca casa (1949, Mario Monicelli, Steno), one could detect a patent diffidence toward Gothic paraphernalia, accompanied by a healthy, detached irony which was typical of Italian cinema’s approach to all genres. 2 Rascel (1912–1991) was an extremely popular vaudeville, film and radio actor, dancer and singer/songwriter who gained international fame in 1957 through his own song Arrivederci Roma (which inspired the film The Seven Hills of Rome, starring Rascel and Mario Lanza).

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