Uncle Was a Vampire

Uncle Was a Vampire (Italian: Tempi duri per i vampiri, lit.'Hard Times for Vampires'[3]) is a 1959 Italian film directed by Steno.[2]

Uncle Was a Vampire
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed bySteno
Produced byMario Cecchi Gori[1]
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Edoardo Anton
  • Marcello Fondato
  • Sandro Continenza
  • Dino Verde
  • Steno
  • Renato Rascel[2]
Based onan idea
by Mario Cecchi Gori[2]
Music by
CinematographyMarco Scarpelli[2]
Edited byEraldo Da Roma[2]
  • Maxima Film
  • Montflour Film[1]
Distributed byC.E.I.-Incom
Release date
  • October 28, 1959 (1959-10-28) (Italy)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office 385 million


Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle to pay his debts. The manor is ingloriously transformed into a frivolous hotel and Osvaldo is allowed to continue to live there working as a porter. One day Osvaldo receives a visit from his uncle, Baron Roderico da Frankurten, who turns out to be a real vampire. Osvaldo tries to warn the various guests of the hotel, with the only result being that he is taken for a madman. Bitten by his uncle, Osvaldo will also turn into a vampire, but his beloved, Lellina, will also be able to free him from the curse.



Uncle Was a Vampire was Christopher Lee's first appearance in an Italian film production.[4]


Uncle Was a Vampire was released in Italy on October 28, 1959 where it was distributed by C.E.I.-Incom. It grossed a total of 385 million lire in Italy. The film was Italy's first vampire film, after 1957's 'I Vampiri'.

The film was released in the United States in 1964 on television through Embassy Pictures.[1]


In his book Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul described the film as "obviously modeled on the slapstick efforts of the comedies featuring the character Totò".[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Curti 2015, p. 31.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Curti 2015, p. 30.
  3. ^ Paul 2005, p. 338.
  4. ^ Curti 2015, p. 32.
  5. ^ Paul 2005, pp. 13-4.


  • Curti, Roberto (2015). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476619897.
  • Paul, Louis (2005). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8749-3.

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